The two promotion-chasing clubs face off at the iPro Stadium on Tuesday evening, and a victory for either could move them top of the Championship table. Derby have been struggling of late, and Boro are in a much better position to take advantage - thanks in part to the efforts of Bamford.
With 13 goals to his name this term, he is one of the highest scorers in the division and has shown himself to be adept both in front of goal and as a creative force.
While on loan with Derby last season he missed out on promotion to the Premier League in the play-off Final, although he will be looking to down the Rams on Tuesday. He was afforded fewer chances to impress with Steve McClaren’s men than he has been with Boro, and he is keen to prove himself by defeating promotion rivals at the iPro.
However, there is an even bigger reason behind his desire to win – for wanting to defeat a close rival and provd himself - his love of Nottingham Forest. A boyhood Forest fan, it was with the Championship club that he started his career before signing for Chelsea in 2012. He netted against the Rams earlier in the campaign, and he told Gazette Live that he is keen on repeating the feat.
The 21-year-old said: “Obviously it is important that Boro go there and get a result because we are chasing promotion and it is a massive game with a big chance for us to take a big step forward against one of our direct rivals.
“That is the biggest reason of course, but I have a few others. I’ve been a Forest fan since I was born so that gives me an incentive too. So yes, there is that element too.
“But also, I was at Derby on loan for a spell last year and that is an incentive for me too because I never really got a look in up front there and that was frustrating for me.”
A win for either team could move them top of the Championship table, although they are relying on both Watford and Bournemouth to drop points on Tuesday evening for such an event to occur.