Derby County host Nottingham Forest at Pride Park on Friday night.

The east Midland duo have underperformed this season, with both clubs currently sitting in the bottom eight despite having playoff aspirations last summer.

Derby head into the game in good form. Wayne Rooney’s side have won six of their last eight league games, including four on the bounce at Pride Park.

Derby County v Wycombe Wanderers - Sky Bet Championship
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Forest, meanwhile, have also improved under manager Chris Hughton as the Reds boast an impressive run of form of just two defeats in their last 14 league matches.

Here is how we believe Derby will line up:

Derby went to a back five against Huddersfield Town on Tuesday, and George Edmundson scored his first goal for the Rams since his loan move from Rangers on deadline day.

But despite Edmundson’s goal, the defender was replaced at half-time.

Rooney told reporters he felt he got his tactics wrong in the first-half despite Derby leading, and he changed to a back four in the second period with the Rams eventually winning 2-0.

It’s likely Rooney will go back to a 4-3-3 on Friday and match up against Forest.

 

David Marshall, Lee Buchanan, Matt Clarke, Andre Wisdom and Nathan Byrne to start.

Graeme Shinnie, Max Bird and Jason Knight will likely feature in midfield, with the two changes happening at the top end of the pitch as Lee Gregory drops to the bench.

Nottingham Forest v Derby County - Sky Bet Championship
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Kamil Jozwiak and Martyn Waghorn both came on at half-time against Huddersfield, and the latter scored his first goal from open play this season with a timely finish.

Waghorn has struggled to replicate the sort of form he showed two years ago after joining Derby for £5 million, but his confidence should be high ahead of Forest’s visit.

Jozwiak, on the other hand, may have extra motivation against the Reds after he was controversially denied his first Derby goal by the offside flag in the 1-1 draw at the City Ground.

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