Foot Predictions shows Saturday’s championship clash between Derby County and Middlesbrough, including predictions, preview and possible lineups.
Derby County go to Saturday’s championship match with Middlesbrough sitting in the relegation zone, despite having three wins in four games.
Middlesbrough did not win in the same period, a series of results that left the Northeast team five points behind the playoffs.
Derby went through an interrupted period, having their game at Rotherham United delayed by 24 hours and a trip to Barnsley postponed in the short term.
Wayne Rooney you will feel a sense of frustration at having seen your team’s momentum derail as they conceded three goals at the end of the game against the Millers, ending a series of three consecutive 1-0 wins.
With Rams now in the bottom three, Rooney must find a way to get his team back on track, a task undoubtedly aided by having an extra period of rest.
With one game less and just five points behind 16th, Rooney will not be too concerned that Derby is being pressured by many of the teams around him.
However, the East Midlands team got into the habit of prevailing in games like Saturday’s, and if they didn’t on this occasion, they would inevitably end what had been a definite starting team.
While Derby made five loan additions on the deadline, the head of Middlesbrough Neil Warnock brought in four players during the final week of the transfer window.
After recording just two league victories since December 19, it was recognition that his team needed to be shaken if the club were to compete for a return to the Premier League.
Consecutive games against Norwich City and Brentford have not helped Boro’s attempt to advance through the standings, but Warnock will be relieved that the top two finishers are off schedule for the rest of the season.
However, Middlesbrough’s only goal in 400 minutes of football came through an own goal, noting that improvements in the final third are needed as soon as possible if they are to stay in the fight for the top six.
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Duncan Watmore can be remembered by the head of Middlesbrough, Warnock, who recently paved the way for people like Yannick Bolasie and Neeskens Kebano.
While Dael Fry can return to containment after a facial injury, Warnock is unlikely to deliver an immediate call to the defender.
Wishing to avoid an overreaction to the defeat at Rotherham, Rooney can choose the same team in that game.
Patrick Roberts, formerly of Middlesbrough, and Beni Baningime are the two options in midfield if Rooney chooses to make changes to his Rams XI.
Possible initial line-up for Derby County:
Marshall; Byrne, Wisdom, Clarke, Buchanan; Bird, Shinnie; Waghorn, Knight, Jozwiak; Kazim-Richards
Possible initial middle lineup:
Bettinelli; Fisher, Djiksteel, McNair, Bola; Howson, Morsy; Watmore, Saville, Bolasie; Haunted
Probability: Derby County 1-1 Middlesbrough
Despite the difference of positions in the championship, Derby considers itself the favorite to win this dispute. However, we expect Boro to improve its game for this game, its news potentially having a greater impact on the final third.