Derby County travel to Queens Park Rangers on Saturday in what is the only Championship encounter on a weekend full of FA Cup fourth round clashes.

Both Derby and QPR crashed out of the FA Cup at the third round stage.

The situation has allowed for the teams to face each other in West London on Saturday, and both clubs head into the encounter coming off the back of important victories.

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QPR won 1-0 at Cardiff, while Derby beat Bournemouth by the same score-line at Pride Park.

Derby boss Wayne Rooney changed formation for the visit of the Cherries, and he is now left with a selection dilemma for QPR. Here is how we think Derby will line up:

Scottish goalkeeper David Marshall has missed the last two games with illness. The QPR game might be too soon for his return, with Dutchman Kelle Roos remaining in goal.

Derby went with a back five against Bournemouth with George Evans coming in. It worked in midweek, but QPR are a different side who don’t dominate the ball as much.

The Rams may opt to go back to a back four, adding another attacker.

 

The midfielder trio of Krystian Bielik, Graeme Shinnie and Jason Knight is Derby’s strongest area right now and the Rams will look to them to dominate QPR through the middle.

George Evans dropping out leaves a space upfront, and Martyn Waghorn may return.

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The 30-year-old joined Derby from Ipswich Town for £5 million in 2018. With his contract expiring this summer, he must improve rapidly to earn himself a new deal at Derby.

Waghorn’s record against QPR is good. He scored both home and away against the Hoops last season, and he seemingly just needs one to get going again this season.

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