Predicted Derby County line-up to face Hull City in the Championship
Following their goalless draw against Preston North End last week, Derby County will be looking to get back to winning ways, when they welcome Hull City to Pride Park on Saturday.
The draw against Preston meant Frank Lampard’s men slipped out of the playoff positions and are now currently stationed in the seventh spot, but remain level on points with sixth-placed Bristol City. The Rams have won just one of their last four league matches, and the manager must look to get his troops back firing on all cylinders with the business end of the season fast approaching.
Jayden Bogle is back in contention for selection after serving out his suspension. Mason Mount remains sidelined with an injury. Curtis Davies and Craig Forsyth are out for the season. Jack Marriott missed the Preston game with an ankle problem and remains a doubt for the weekend.
Here’s how the Rams could take the field at home on Saturday:
Predicted Derby County XI
Manager: Frank Lampard
Kelle Roos (GK)
While Scott Carson is fit and available again, Lampard retained Roos in goal for the Preston game and is likely to do so once again this weekend.
Jayden Bogle (RB)
The youngster missed the Preston encounter due to suspension, but now that he is available, he should get the nod on the right side of the backline.
Richard Keogh (CB)
The 32-year-old centre-back has been an ever-present at the back for Lampard’s side. It would remain to be the case this weekend.
Fikayo Tomori (CB)
The on-loan Chelsea defender has been impressive during his stint with the Rams so far this term. He should continue to partner Keogh at the back.
Ashley Cole (LB)
The 38-year-old signed for Derby last month on a free transfer and is in line to start on Saturday night, having had time to get back into shape. Scott Malone is expected to make way.
Craig Bryson (CM)
The midfielder was brought right back into the starting XI against Preston once he was fit and available. He is expected to start again on Saturday.
George Evans (CM)
The 24-year-old has featured in all of Derby’s previous six league encounters and should once again pair up with Bryson in the middle of the park this weekend.
Martyn Waghorn (RW)
The former Rangers attacker has scored six times and set up three more in 26 matches across all competitions. He should feature on the right flank against the Tigers.
Harry Wilson (CAM)
The on-loan Liverpool attacker has been a revelation for the Rams this term, scoring 12 goals and setting up four more in all competitions. A definite starter in the No.10 role.
Tom Lawrence (LW)
Fit-again former Manchester United academy graduate was back into the starting XI against Preston and should once again feature from kick-off on Saturday against Hull.
David Nugent (ST)
With Jack Marriott still a doubt to play, David Nugent is likely to continue spearheading the attack for Derby. The striker, who is in the final year of his contract with the Rams, needs to step up, having scored only twice all season.