Derby County host an improving Millwall side at Pride Park on Saturday looking to put an end to a disappointing four-game winless run in the Championship.

The Rams have struggled in recent weeks. A five-game losing run on the road has supporters concerned, while at home Phillip Cocu’s side failed to win their past two encounters.

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Millwall, in contrast, arrive at Pride Park in excellent form. The Lions, now managed by former Derby boss Gary Rowett, have gone six league games unbeaten.

Here is how we believe Derby will line up:

Derby were awful in their last game at home to Sheffield Wednesday for an hour. There was a stark improvement in the final 20 minutes, coinciding with the second half changes.

The Rams are a bigger attacking threat with two strikers on the pitch. Martyn Waghorn will likely come in, with youngster Morgan Whittaker dropping out.

 

Krystian Bielik is likely to miss out again. Derby’s £10 million summer signing is still suffering after a muscle injury ruled him out of the home game with Queens Park Rangers.

It means George Evans and Duane Holmes will take up natural midfield roles, while youngster Jason Knight could get another start following on from midweek.

The only change in defence sees Max Lowe replace Scott Malone. Lowe has been unfortunate to lose his position, and he deserves a recall to the starting XI.

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Millwall will look to frustrate the Rams. Players like Matt Smith and Jake Cooper will be huge threats from set-pieces, and Derby must be mindful of the in-form Jed Wallace.

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