Predicted Derby County XI to play Cardiff City: Bent must start

Match to be played on Saturday 31st January 2015 at 15:00. Venue: Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff.

Derby County have a great chance to go top of the Championship tomorrow if they win and Bournemouth slip up against Watford this evening.

It won’t be easy for the Rams because Cardiff is a difficult place for them to go and pull off a result.

Steve McClaren will be pleased with the way the team played in a 2-0 victory against Blackburn earlier this week, with Darren Bent grabbing both goals to prove his quality.

It will be interested to see if the boss makes many changes to his starting line-up to try and introduce one or two fresh faces or whether he’ll stick with a similar side to give Derby the best chance of carrying forward the momentum they have created for themselves.

Derby will be the favourites going into the game because they have a better record than the Welsh side in attack and defence, which suggests that if they can defend well and keep a clean sheet, they should have enough to get over the line.

Here’s the side McClaren could go with for the game.

Derby County: Grant, Shotton, Keogh, Buxton, Forsyth, Hendrick, Mascarell, Hughes, Dawkins, Ward, Bent

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