Derby County take on their East Midlands rivals Nottingham Forest in the Championship on Friday night, and with both sides still not completely safe from relegation, the match arguably has even more importance than usual.
Wayne Rooney’s side have impressed in recent fixtures, winning four of their last six games in the second tier, with their only defeats coming against promotion-chasing Bournemouth and Watford.
Forest, meanwhile, have seen their form improve under Chris Hughton, as they have also won four of their last six games in the Championship, with their only defeat coming against high-flying Swansea City.
Therefore, it should be an exciting game at Pride Park, and a win for The Rams will surely put an end to any worries about relegation to League One, and could potentially kick start a late push for the play-offs.
Here’s how Football FanCast expects Rooney to line his side up against Forest on Friday night, with two changes from the side that beat Huddersfield last time out…
After earning a rare clean sheet against the Terriers, David Marshall keeps his place in goal.
Will Derby win tonight?
Rooney is perhaps likely to switch back to a four-at-the-back formation, having opted with a five-at-the-back in the first-half against Huddersfield, which means that Andre Wisdom could be the one to drop out, especially after George Edmundson’s goal last time out.
He will partner Matt Clarke, with Lee Buchanan and Nathan Byrne continuing at full-back.
Max Bird and Andrew Shinnie will continue their recent partnership in midfield, supported by Jason Knight in the attacking-midfield role.
There are two changes in attack, as Martyn Waghorn earns a start after his goal from the bench against Huddersfield, whilst Kamil Jozwiak comes in for Lee Gregory and starts on the left-wing.
They support Colin Kazim-Richards up front, in a game that could potentially define the rest of Derby’s season.