Derby County host high-flying Swansea City at Pride Park on Wednesday and interim manager Wayne Rooney has a couple of key selection decisions to make.

The Rams are unbeaten in their last five matches, keeping three straight clean sheets.

Goals, however, are still hard to come by with Derby the Championship’s lowest scorers.

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Captain Curtis Davies remains injured while Tom Lawrence is said to be touch-and-go after the Wales international picked up an ankle knock at the weekend.

Here is how we believe Derby will line up:

The back five is unlikely to change following the 0-0 draw with Stoke City. Lee Buchanan may be a better option than Craig Forsyth to deal with Swansea’s pace.

Graeme Shinnie returns from his suspension after missing midweek.

Max Bird had a decent game against Stoke. However, Shinnie arguably provides more energy out of possession and that may be needed more against a flowing Swansea side.

 

Krystian Bielik is all-but certain to feature, while roaming midfielder Jason Knight has arguably been Derby’s best player this season despite often featuring out of position.

Derby need more goals from midfield. However, with Louie Sibley playing for the U23s against Brighton and Hove Albion on Monday, he is unlikely to feature against the Swans.

Lawrence may well start the game on the bench. If that’s the case, Kamil Jozwiak could feature wide left while Martyn Waghorn returns on the right with licence to cut in.

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Waghorn hasn’t managed to replicate his best form this season. That said, he hasn’t started the past five games and he must be itching to make an impression.

Derby need a positive result after Nottingham Forest’s win on Tuesday, while fellow strugglers Rotherham United face Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park in the later kick off.

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