Loan duo return; summer signing out: Derby County's predicted line-up for Aston Villa clash

Frank Lampard manager of Derby County looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Norwich City at Pride Park Stadium on October 3, 2018 in Derby, England.

Derby County face Aston Villa at home in the Championship.

Frank Lampard the manager of Derby County looks on during a pre-season friendly match between Derby County and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Pride Park on July 28, 2018 in Derby, England.

Derby County host Aston Villa in one of the weekend’s standout clashes in the Championship as new Rams manager Frank Lampard takes on his former teammate John Terry now as Villa assistant manager.

The Rams head in to the clash in excellent form, taking 12 points from their past six matches which includes impressive victories over West Midlands sides West Bromwich Albion and Birmingham City.

 

Villa, in contrast, have won two and lost two under newly-appointed manager Dean Smith, and they head to Pride Park without a win on the road since the first game of the season – a 3-1 victory at Hull City.

The form of the two clubs suggests a home win is on the cards, and Derby will be boosted by Chelsea loan duo Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori being available for action after they missed the game against Birmingham.

The upcoming match, however, could be too soon for summer signing Martyn Waghorn who picked up an injury against the Blues and was replaced by Mason Bennett, who may keep his place after a terrific performance.

Mason Mount of Derby County during the Carabao Cup First Round match between Oldham Athletic and Derby County at Boundry Park on August 14, 2018 in Oldham, England.

Lampard’s other selection headache comes at left-back with both Scott Malone and Craig Forsyth in contention, but he may pick the latter due to his extra height to deal with Villa’s threat at set-pieces.

The rest of the side who faced Birmingham keep their place, so here is how we believe Derby could line-up:

Possible Derby XI vs Villa

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