Middlesbrough manager Jonathan Woodgate insists the tide will turn despite picking up just two wins in his first 14 games in charge. Boro currently find themselves in the relegation zone ahead of their trip to face Derby at Pride Park.
Rams boss Philip Cocu is also finding life in the Championship tough, with his team performing way below expectations in 16th, having lost against Hull City last weekend.
Middlesbrough have three players ruled out through injury for the game. Darren Randolph (thigh) is still two to three weeks away from making his return. Rudy Gestede (hamstring) could be out for up to six weeks, but George Friend (tendon) is close to being back in training:
Middlesbrough’s Predicted XI To Face Derby:
Pears, Howson, Fry, Ayala, Shotton, Coulson, Tavernier, Wing, Saville, Assombalonga, Fletcher
Derby have sacked captain Richard Keogh following his drink-drive incident, and the Rams are still without Tom Huddlestone (hamstring), Ikechi Anya (calf), Craig Forsyth (knee) and George Evans (thigh). Curtis Davies could play despite suffering a facial injury against Hull.
Derby’s Predicted XI:
Roos, Bogle, Davies, Clarke, Lowe, Shinnie, Dowell, Bielik, Holmes, Marriott, Lawrence
The bookies have Derby as the favourites with Betfred currently pricing them at 6/5 to get the win. A draw is 23/10 with BetVictor while a Boro victory is 5/2 at Betway.