Derby County travel to the Madejski Stadium on Monday to take on a Reading side looking to get their playoff bid back on track following their stumbling form of late.

The Royals are sixth but are winless in their last four matches.

Derby, meanwhile, head into the game coming off the back of a 2-0 win at home to Luton Town on Friday – a victory which moved the Rams eight points clear of the drop zone.

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Wayne Rooney’s side’s victory, however, wasn’t without casualty as both Martyn Waghorn and Lee Gregory limped off with hamstring injuries and are out of Monday’s clash.

Here is how we believe Derby will line up:

The back five is likely to stay the same after the clean sheet against Luton Town.

Lee Buchanan is an option to come in at left-back to give Derby another potential attacking option, but Craig Forsyth deserves to keep his place from Friday.

Jason Knight started the game against Luton on the bench. However, Rooney will likely recall the young Irishman to add more legs in midfield against a powerful Reading side.

 

Waghorn and Gregory’s absence will see changes in the final third. Colin Kazim-Richards will come in, while Derby may go back to a 4-2-3-1 to counter Reading’s threats.

Kamil Jozwiak is the obvious candidate to feature on the opposite flank to Tom Lawrence, with last summer’s signing back after the busy international week with Poland.

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A win for Derby would all-but confirm their Championship safety this season.

The Rams are eight points clear of the drop zone while relegation rivals Sheffield Wednesday, Rotherham United and Coventry City are all playing at home on Monday.

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