4th-placed Derby County travel to 15th-placed Rotherham United looking to continue their solid start to the Championship season on Saturday.

Here are three things to watch out for ahead of the fixture.

Expect there to be goals especially in the second half

Frank Lampard’s Derby have scored in all their opening six league games, scoring twice in each of the four matches they have won so far. Rotherham have conceded 11 goals in their opening, including five at Brentford on the opening day and three at home at Hull City.

Meetings between these sides have delivered goals in recent times, most of which have come in the second half, with 10 out of the last 12 goals scored in this fixture coming in the second period. Rotherham’s main threat will come from set pieces. The Millers have had more attempts on target from set pieces, excluding penalties, than anyone else in the division so far.

Expect the unexpected

Derby will be the favourites heading into the game looking to secure a fifth consecutive victory in league and cup for the first time since December 2016. However, Rotherham have already shown that they will provide a stern test for anyone at the New York Stadium this season. Paul Warne’s side have won 15 and lost just two of their last 18 home games in all competitions.

Derby have found it difficult away to Rotherham in recent times winning just one of their last 10 visits. That run includes The Rams surrendering a 3-0 lead at the New York Stadium in March 2016, with Rotherham scoring three times in the last seven minutes to rescue an unlikely point.

Selection headaches for both managers

Warne will have a decision to make over who he selects to partner Richard Wood in defense, after Sean Raggett picked up an ankle injury at Wigan before the international break. Semi Ajayi, fresh from international duty with Nigeria, could move back into defence after performing well in a midfield role in recent weeks, or summer signing Clark Robertson could come in to the starting line-up.

Lampard could select the same team that won at Hull last time out, or he could opt to make changes after admitting his side came under pressure form Hull in the second half. Tom Lawrence, who has three goals already this season, will be one player looking to reclaim a starting birth.

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