Date:Friday November 18 2011
Pride Park Stadium
The Rams will be looking to bounce back from two consecutive defeats with victory over a Hull City side which has just lost its manager, Nigel Pearson, who has rejoined Leicester City.
Six goals have been conceded in the last two games which is a record Nigel Clough will be keen to improve upon, especially after the early season defensive record which provided numerous clean sheets.
Hull sit on the same number of points as The Rams but have played a game less, and are looking a good bet for a play-off place despite suffering two consecutive defeats themselves.
Rams manager Nigel Clough is keen to erase the memories of the disappointing loss at Peterborough: 'The team has been itching to get back on the pitch during the two-week international break after the frustration and disappointment of the Peterborough game.
'We have a committed and honest group of players in our dressing room and they acutely felt the pain of throwing away a two goal lead at London Road a fortnight ago in game where we produced enough chances to win three games, let alone one.
'But we are realistic enough to know we cannot afford to give away the goals we did and that is the reason we came away from the game with nothing.'
The Rams could hand a return to the squad for two of their star performers.
Reliable and exciting full-back, John Brayford, has been a big miss over the last month and his attacking play has had an adverse impact on results in the last six matches.
Republic of Ireland midfielder, Paul Green, has been out for seven months and will provide another excellent option in midfield.
Young defender, O'Brien, saw off strong competition from Alex Hales of Notts County Cricket Club and Manu Tuilagi of Leicester Tigers and England to claim the Brian Clough Breakthrough Award at the BBC East Midlands Sports Awards 2011 on Thursday evening.
He has been brilliant this season after being thrust into action following injuries to more experienced defenders but has risen to the challenge and looks right at home in the centre of Derby's defence.
Hull City are also likely to hand recalls to long-term absentees.
Cameron Stewart and Andy Dawson have been out for nine and two months respectively and goalkeeper, Adriano Basso, is also ready to face The Rams following tendonitis.
Slovenian international midfielder, Koren, has three goals this season.
He excelled at former club West Brom but has settled in well at Hull and scored a goal in Derby's 0-2 loss at the KC Stadium last season.
Derby County last 5:
Peterborough United (a) 2-3
Cardiff City (h) 0-3
Portsmouth (h) 3-1
Middlesbrough (a) 0-2
Reading (a) 2-2
Hull City last 5:
West Ham United (h) 0-2
Barnsley (a) 1-2
Nottingham Forest (a) 1-0
Watford (h) 3-2
Brighton & Hove Albion (a) 0-0
West Ham United vs. Derby County, Sat 26th November, 15:00pm, The Championship
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Date:Friday November 18 2011
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