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Match Preview: Derby County v Bolton Wanderers

Charlie looks ahead to the crucial midweek clash between Derby County and Play Off hopefuls Bolton Wanderers

Will Hughes - probably a daywalker
Will Hughes - probably a daywalker
Ben Hoskins

Derby County have been one of the division's strongest sides throughout the season. Currently occupying third place, the Rams have suffered a slight slip in form.

After winning three consecutive games by one goal to nil, they have lost their previous two games without scoring a single goal, whilst conceding three at the other end of the pitch. Manager Steve McClaren will be hoping that this unwanted run will come to an end against Bolton Wanderers on Tuesday evening.

The former England boss will have top scorer Chris Martin available for selection again after he suffered his one match suspension in the 1-0 home loss to Millwall at the weekend.

Martin has scored fifteen times this season but he failed to find the net in the 2-2 draw at the Reebok earlier in the season.

Derby don't have any major injury concerns ahead of Tuesday's game at the iPro Stadium. McClaren will have his full strength side available for the visit of the Trotters. He is likely to make one change to the side that lost to Millwall with Connor Sammon being replaced by Martin.

On the other hand, Bolton are in an excellent run of form after three consecutive victories, scoring eleven goals in that period.

Dougie Freedman has named the same team for the previous two wins, with one enforced change being made for the Blackburn match with Zat Knight replacing the injured Matt Mills.

Confidence will be sky high in the Bolton dressing room going into the midweek clash.

The most surprising factor about the recent performances is that only one goal was conceded in the victories against Watford, Blackburn and Leeds.

There are no new injury concerns for the Whites. The only absentees will be the injury prone Stuart Holden, Darren Pratley, Matt Mills and Marc Tierney. However, there is a possibility of Jermaine Beckford being fit enough for the substitutes bench after being sidelined for two months.