Derby County aim to continue to push for promotion as their visitors this weekend are mid-table side Bolton Wanderers.

Derby County will rely on current leaders AFC Bournemouth to make a significant error as they travel away to Wigan Athletic. Any mistake from The Cherries will allow Derby to take a 3 point lead clear at the top. Bolton, however, are looking to escape from the 34 point lock, as they are one of six teams who sit on 34 points. If Bolton can leave the iPro Stadium with 3 points, they could potentially finish the day in 11th position, which could give them the chance to go on a late promotion push.

Derby County

Derby County won their last game 2-0 against Cardiff City, which gives them a positive feeling going into the game. In fact, Derby have won 7 of their last 8 games in all competitions, with their only defeat against Nottingham Forest at home, where they were beaten late on.

Defender Jake Buxton is back in contention for a starting place as he has recovered from an ankle injury which ruled him out recently. Fellow defender Raul Albentosa recovering from a slight hamstring injury may also be in contention for a place in the team on Saturday. New loanee Tom Ince from Hull City who spent a stale loan spell at Nottingham Forest this season is available for selection, along with loanee Jesse Lingard from Manchester United.

Predicted line-up: Grant (GK); Christie, Buxton, Keogh, Forsyth; Hendrick, Mascarell, Hughes; Ince, Martin, Lingard

Aston Villa loanee Darren Bent is again expected to settle for a place on the bench.

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Bolton Wanderers

Bolton lost their last game from a spectacular turn around by Liverpool in their recent FA Cup game, when Wanderers took the lead 1-0 but went on to lose the FA Cup match 2-1. Adam Le Fondre and Barry Bannan are both set to return while a lengthy injury list is in place which includes Darren Pratley, Max Clayton and Emile Heskey. Davies duo, Craig and Mark are close to returning to action, but are not expected to appear in Saturdays clash with Derby County. Neill Danns is suspended for the game.

In their previous away game, Bolton lost 4-2 in the hands of Rotherham United. Most recently, Bolton were 2-1 up at home with seconds to go, when James Henry for Wolverhampton Wanderers took a short dribble and scored a screamer in the 95th minute, causing a 2-2 draw.

Predicted line-up: Lonergan (GK); Vela, Dervite, Mills, Ream; Feeney, Bannan, Trotter, Moxey; Clough, Le Fondre

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Odds (Sky Bet)

Derby 8/15

Draw 3/1

Bolton 5/1

Prediction

I can see Derby storming to victory, 3-1 the score.


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