Derby County host Sheffield Wednesday in a relegation showdown on Saturday.

The Rams are three points clear of Wednesday but with an inferior goal difference.

An Owls victory will relegate Derby, but anything other than a win for Darren Moore’s side will see the Yorkshire club drop into the third tier for the second time in the past decade.

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Rotherham United, meanwhile, are two points behind Derby. The Millers would relegate both if they beat Cardiff City away and the Rams fail to pick up all three points.

Derby come into the game on the back of a six-game losing run. Manager Wayne Rooney, however, remains confident his side can avoid the drop to League One.

Here is out we believe Derby will line up:

Rooney often sets his side up to match the opposition. Wednesday play a wingback system, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Rams follow suit at Pride Park.

Andre Wisdom is seemingly still out with injury, therefore Matt Clarke, George Edmundson and Craig Forsyth can play in a back three with Lee Buchanan returning at wingback.

Jason Knight featured in the defeat at Swansea, but Max Bird may return to the side to add extra creativity in the middle of park with Derby needing to target all three points.

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Kamil Jozwiak and Tom Lawrence will have opportunities to exploit Wednesday on the break, while Martyn Waghorn could be a useful option off the bench.

The stage is set for what should be a frantic season finale. Both clubs will be wondering how it has come to this, and at least one will be relegated come the final whistle.

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