Preview: Derby County vs Bristol City

Following their midweek FA Cup replay loss against Leicester City, Derby County will be keen recapture their form as they welcome Bristol City to the Pride Park Stadium.

Conceding two late goals in extra time, the Rams will have to quickly turn their heads to Bristol who are currently fighting for Championship safety.

After making eight changes, Derby County boss Steve McClaren told the Derby telegraph: “We showed we have got strength in depth, quality players coming back and competition for places”.

Sitting only three points away from a play-off position, Derby fans will be looking at leading goal scorer Tom Ince to help aid the Rams up the table.

McClaren is also hopeful key midfielders Will Hughes and Craig Bryson will be fit.

On the other hand, Bristol City will want to capitalise on their 1-0 win against bottom-placed Rotherham last week, in order to further their chances of survival.

Manager Lee Johnson will be targeting leading goal scorer Tammy Abraham to add to his already impressive tally of 16 league goals.

Recent signing Matty Taylor, who made the controversial transfer from rivals Bristol Rovers, will also be searching for his first goal for the Robins.

Assistant manager Dean Holden believes that City’s performance out of possession will be crucial.

In the reverse fixture, Bristol held Derby to a 1-1 draw at Ashton Gate, with striker Aaron Wilbraham’s last minute winner salvaging a point for the Robins.


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