Derby County host Rotherham United at Pride Park on Saturday in what will be Wayne Rooney’s first game in charge as permanent manager following his appointment.

The two sides are currently in the Championship bottom three.

A victory for Derby would see them move out of the drop zone with Sheffield Wednesday not playing, while Rotherham will be desperate not to get cut adrift.

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It has been 15 days since the Rams last featured in the Championship. The Millers, meanwhile, have yet to play a league game since a 2-1 defeat to Barnsley on December 29.

Here is how we believe Derby will line up for the encounter:

Derby were excellent defensively during Rooney’s spell as sole interim manager. The Rams conceded just four goals in nine league games, including five clean sheets.

Andre Wisdom and Matt Clarke have formed a solid partnership. Nathan Byrne will play at right-back, while Lee Buchanan may be favoured over Craig Forsyth.

The midfield three of Jason Knight, Graeme Shinnie and Krystian Bielik have become a permanent feature for Derby of late with Max Bird coming off the bench.

 

One player who has suffered from the consistent midfield trio is Duane Holmes. The latest reports suggest the American could be on his way out of Pride Park this month.

Rooney’s big decision for the Rotherham encounter will come in the final third.

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Tom Lawrence, who Derby signed for £5 million in 2017, is still out injured while Martyn Waghorn has returned from a three-game suspension after his red card against Preston North End.

But Rooney may stick with Louie Sibley and Kamil Jozwiak either side of Colin Kazim-Richards, with Waghorn, Morgan Whittaker and Jahmal Hector-Ingram on the bench.

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