The pair worked together at Norwich City.
He had Darren Bent and Andreas Weimann at Aston Villa whilst number one Derby striker Chris Martin was one of his players at Norwich City.
Martin worked under Lambert at Carrow Road for some time but never truly imposed himself as a first-team regular at the club.
But ahead of facing him this evening Lambert had kind words to say about his former striker.
He is quoted by the Daily Mail as saying:
"(Martin) was probably one of the most naturally gifted finishers I've worked with - either foot, he could score,' Lambert added.
"He was a massive part of Norwich. Does it surprise me he's done well? Not really; he's a terrific player."
Martin will be hopeful of starting for Derby after finding the net in their last game against Brentford. That was his first goal of the new year after a period of poor form for the Scotland international.
He will be hoping to continue a scoring run by notching against his former boss this evening.