Derby County host Championship rivals Bristol City on Saturday in a game which will see former Rams striker Chris Martin return to Pride Park following his summer exit.

Martin has been a regular for Bristol City this season, starting 20 league games.

While his goal tally of just two in the league could be better, the 32-year-old is an important figure for the Robins and his five assists shows there is far more to his game.

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Derby, meanwhile, head into the clash coming off the back of consecutive league wins.

Wayne Rooney has made the Rams solid defensively, conceding just three goals in their last ten games. Here is how we think Derby will line up for the encounter.

Number one David Marshall should return in place of Kelle Roos, with the Scotland international having missed Derby’s last three Championship fixtures through illness.

The back four of Nathan Byrne, Andre Wisdom, Matt Clarke and Lee Buchanan is unlikely to change after the battling 1-0 win at Queens Park Rangers last weekend.

George Evans has started Derby’s last two matches. However, the former Reading man came off at half time against QPR as Rooney switched from a back three to a back four.

Max Bird came on at half-time in that victory over the Hoops. The 20-year-old was impressive, and he would deservedly keep his place if selected for the visit of Bristol City.

Bird’s last start for the Rams came in the 0-0 draw with Stoke City on December 12.

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Derby’s issues in the final third still haven’t been rectified. The prospective takeover dragging on has impeded their ability to bring in another striker and wide player.

Jason Knight’s versatility could see him pushed into a front three, with Kamil Jozwiak on the opposite flank and the popular Colin Kazim-Richards retaining his spot at centre-forward.

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