It has been a good start to the week for Derby County manager Nigel Pearson, who oversaw his first Championship win with his new side on Tuesday night, after they beat Preston 1-0 at Deepdale.
It was a much needed three points for the Rams, who hadn’t gotten off to the flying start we perhaps all expected.
They drew a blank in their opener against Brighton before losing to Barnsley last weekend.
So, with a win now under their belts, many Derby fans are now predicting they can kick on and make their way up the table in order to challenge for a promotion place.
It’s been a case of so-close-but-so-far over the past few seasons for the East Midlands side, who repeatedly challenge early on before slipping into the play-off places and losing before they have a chance to get to Wembley.
But former Leicester City manager Pearson will want to guide his side to the Premier League this season and to do it he needs to get his team selection spot on.
So with that in mind, here’s the Derby County line-up that should play Aston Villa this weekend…