At the moment Derby are in sixth place in the Championship table, and they are desperately looking to hold on to their place in the play offs.
The Rams have both Cardiff City and Birmingham City breathing down their necks, and Higginbotham is worried about the possibility of Darren Wassall’s side slipping out of the top six.
He fears that the fact Birmingham still have a game in hand over Derby could work in Gary Rowett’s men’s favour.
"I still think Burnley and Hull will get automatic promotion but Cardiff are on a fantastic run and they could challenge for a top-six place,” the former Stoke City defender said.
"Birmingham will still believe with a game in hand and Derby could be the ones that really suffer because of that.”
Derby have not been in particularly impressive form since the turn of the year, and they have started to slip down the table.
The Rams were competing for an automatic over the early part of the season, but they have dropped out contention more recently.
The Midlands side have picked up just four victories in their last 16 Championship matches, and they are now looking nervously over their shoulders.
As things stand, Darren Wassall’s side have a two point advantage over seventh placed Cardiff City, but they could slip out of the play off spaces this evening.
The Rams take on Hull City at the iPro later today, while Cardiff face Burnley.