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Having gone all the way to the play-off final last season, Derby will head into the 2014/2015 as one of the favourites for automatic promotion. When you factor in the way that Derby lost at Wembley, controlling the game for long periods, expectation is going to be high at the iPro this year. If Derby are going to finally return to the Premier League for the first time since their infamous and ill-fated 2007/2008 season, they’re going to need all the chips to fall their way. Here are some of the most important factors that could shape and define their season.

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Luke is a Derby County fan currently working as a Team Leader for a health care company. He is a freelance football and film writer and fills the headless chicken role for his 5-a-side team.