Derby County travel to Blackburn Rovers on Friday looking to pull away from the danger of relegation while potentially dragging the hosts into the scrap for survival.

Blackburn are on an awful run of form, winning just once in 15 league games.

Rovers have players with plenty of ability, but their goal scoring form has dried up somewhat while they rather surprisingly haven’t won at Ewood Park since mid-December.

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Derby, meanwhile, come into the game off the back of defeats against Reading and Norwich City but improved performances will give the Rams confidence ahead of the encounter.

Here is how we believe Derby will line up:

Derby boss Wayne Rooney confirmed in his pre-match press conference that Nathan Byrne has recovered from a head injury and will feature against Blackburn.

Matt Clarke, however, remains doubtful while Craig Forsyth keeps his place.

Derby improved in the second half against Norwich with Louie Sibley making an impression off the bench while Tom Lawrence playing more centrally also helped.

 

The Rams are likely to play in a 4-4-2 system similar to last time out.

Max Bird, however, may drop out with Jason Knight recalled to the side to help give the Rams more legs in midfield as Blackburn carry a big threat on the counter.

Lee Gregory is out for the season while Martyn Waghorn remains injured, leaving Colin Kazim-Richards upfront while Lawrence and Sibley could rotate through the middle.

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Kamil Jozwiak was ineffective against Norwich, and the Poland international could be left out as Patrick Roberts starts for the second successive game on the right flank.

Derby have a poor recent record at Ewood Park. However, Tony Mowbray’s side are in a rut and there is pressure on them to avoid being dragged into the relegation scrap.

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