Having suffered a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Bristol City on Wednesday, Derby County will be determined to get back to winning ways when they face Huddersfield Town at Pride Park tomorrow.
An inconsistent 2019/20 campaign has resulted in the Rams falling 10 points adrift of the the play-off places in the Championship.
Although this margin is by no means insurmountable, Derby will have to step up their performance levels if they are to have any chance of achieving this particular goal.
Whilst the Rams were fairly impressive in an attacking sense against the Robins, their defending at Ashton Gate left a lot to be desired and thus it would not be at all surprising if manager Phillip Cocu opts to make several changes to his starting eleven on Saturday.
Given that he is currently on loan from Huddersfield, Ben Hamer will be forced to watch on from the sidelines tomorrow as he is ineligible for the fixture.
In the goalkeeper’s absence, Kelle Roos is expected to start his first Championship game since Derby’s 3-0 defeat to Fulham in November.
Despite providing an assist in the club’s clash with the Robins, Max Lowe could be in danger of losing his place in the side to Craig Forsyth who has illustrated some real signs of promise in recent weeks for the Rams.
Tom Huddlestone is set to miss tomorrow’s showdown due to a calf injury which he picked up following Derby’s win over Hull City last month.
Speaking to the Derby Telegraph ahead of the Rams’ clash with Huddersfield about the midfielder’s issue, Cocu said: “It is taking more time than we expected and because he had an injury before, we have to be careful.
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“It is hard to say how long it will take.
“Hopefully he can join us pretty soon.”
Although he isn’t expected to feature against the Terriers, George Evans has returned to training this week as he continues to recover from a calf issue.
Providing that the Rams are able to beat Huddersfield in-front of their own supporters on Saturday, they could move up to 11th in the second-tier standings depending on the outcome of results elsewhere.