Derby County host Huddersfield Town on Tuesday in a game which sees former players Richard Keogh and Duane Holmes return to Pride Park.

Keogh will be making his first return since his sacking in 2019 for gross misconduct, while Holmes traded Derby for Huddersfield during the recent January transfer window.

Both clubs have underachieved so far this season, with Derby sitting in 19th position and Huddersfield just one place and two points further ahead than the Rams.

Watford v Derby County - Sky Bet Championship
(Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images).

Derby head into the encounter having lost 2-1 at Watford, while the Terriers won their first game in nine with a stunning 4-1 victory over Swansea City with Holmes scoring twice.

Here is how we believe Derby will line up:

Wayne Rooney suggested Matt Clarke will miss the encounter as he still recovers from a hip injury which saw him substituted in the 2-1 win at Wycombe Wanderers last week.

George Edmundson will likely retain his place alongside Andre Wisdom.

 

Against Watford, Rooney opted for a 4-3-3 system but in truth it wasn’t until Derby switched to a 4-4-2 in the second period that they managed to threaten the Hornets.

It’s likely Rooney will go back to two upfront, meaning midfielder Max Bird will drop to the bench while Kamil Jozwiak comes in for Patrick Roberts who struggled on Friday.

Derby County v Swansea City - Sky Bet Championship
(Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images).

Lee Gregory returns to partner Colin Kazim-Richards in a forward two.

Huddersfield have the second worst defensive record in the Championship this season, conceding 45 goals in their 31 games so far. Derby will feel they can get at them.

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