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Derby County will be hoping to end their seven-match winless streak in the EFL Championship, when they take on fellow promotion hopefuls Cardiff City at the Pride Park on Sunday.
The Rams have failed to register a single win in their last seven league games, that has seen them slip to 5th position in the standings, following their goalless stalemate against Nottingham Forest last weekend. And manager Gary Rowett will be hoping to turn things around on Sunday with a win against the Bluebirds.
Tom Huddlestone is out of the game due to suspension following his sending off against Nottingham Forest last weekend. Rowett also has Joe Ledley, George Thorne (both calf) and Sam Winnall (knee) sidelined by injury, while leading goalscorer Matej Vydra is also a serious doubt, after missing out last week due to a groin problem.
Here’s how Derby could line up against Neil Warnock’s side on Sunday.
The 32-year-old Englishman is a permanent fixture in goal for the Rams and should once again start at home on Sunday.
The former Liverpool man has made 22 appearances in the second division since his summer move this term, setting up a single goal. Should retain his spot.
The club captain has been playing through an injury and is likely to continue doing so against the Bluebirds.
The former Hull City man has struck up a fine partnership alongside his captain in the heart of the defence. A definite starter.
At left-back, the 29-year-old Craig Forsyth is expected to feature from the kick-off once again, ahead of Marcus Olsson.
With the experienced Tom Huddlestone ruled out due to suspension, the 22-year-old Jamie Hanson is likely to get the nod in the midfield.
The 30-year-old should once again start in the second pivot position in the middle, during the injury-enforced absence of Joe Ledley.
The Austrian forward has scored 5 times and notched up 4 assists in 31 appearances this term. Should start on the right flank on Sunday.
The on-loan attacking midfielder from Chelsea has scored twice since his arrival in February along with one assist. Should get his third start in the second tier.
The former Manchester United and Leicester City man is a vital player in the manager’s scheme of things and will feature on the left flank against Cardiff.
The 32-year-old Englishman has found the back of the net on 6 occasions this term and needs to step up in the absence of Matej Vydra.