The Bluebirds have enjoyed a highly promising run of form under experienced former Republic of Ireland head coach Mick McCarthy. City are unbeaten in nine EFL Championship games, having won six out of their last seven matches in the second tier of English football.
Having climbed into the top six with victory over Bournemouth earlier in the week, Cardiff City dropped below the Cherries and surprise package Barnsley with the draw.
A 1-1 draw at Middlesbrough last time out ended a six-game winning run for the home side in the Championship. The draw also ended a prolific run of scoring form for the Bluebirds, as they had scored at least two goals in their previous six league matches.
The home side have a decent recent league record at the Cardiff City Stadium, as they are unbeaten in three matches, having won their last two home matches. Sean Morrison headed the Bluebirds in front before half time against the run of play, but Paddy McNair struck in the final 10 minutes to ensure it was spoils shared.
Derby County are in 18th place in the Championship table but are nine points clear of the relegation zone. The Rams should be safe from the spectre of relegation, although they cannot to rest on their laurels for the rest of the season.
The visitors have been difficult to beat of late in the Championship, losing just one of their previous five matches in the second tier, while recording three victories in the process.
Wayne Rooney’s team have been highly inconsistent on their travels of late in the second tier, winning two and losing three of their last five away games in the Championship.
Derby have also turned their season around of late under rookie boss Wayne Rooney, moving nine points above the relegation zone with a run of two defeats in nine.
The Rams have won six of those matches, though they had to settle for a point against East Midlands rivals Nottingham Forest last time out.
That was ultimately a positive result, though, as County trailed to James Garner's strike for 50 minutes before Colin Kazim-Richards fired home a thunderous volley.
Rooney's charges have taken 18 points on their travels this term, which is a similar record to Cardiff at home, the Bluebirds having taken 21 points from a game more.
However, Derby have won just one of their last six meetings with City in the Championship, most recently playing out a 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture four months ago.
Cardiff City Championship form: WWWWWD
Derby County Championship form: LWWLWD
McCarthy named an unchanged starting lineup for the trip to Middlesbrough, but the experienced coach may be tempted to change things around during this gruelling run of games.
Joe Ralls made his return from injury as a second-half substitute at the Riverside, while Sheyi Ojo was also given half an hour, so both men are in contention to start on Tuesday.
Striker Kieffer Moore did not find the net last time out, but he has 15 goals in 29 league games this season and is a certain starter up top.
As for the visitors, they are sweating on the fitness of goalkeeper David Marshall, one of the heroes of Cardiff's promotion campaign in 2012-13.
The Scotland international injured his back against Forest and will be assessed, but it looks like Kelle Roos may have to step in.
Tom Lawrence remains absent for the Rams, who have had a day's more rest than their opponents, while Krystian Bielik and Curtis Davies are long term absentees.
Cardiff City (3-4-1-2):
Phillips; Morrison, Flint, Nelson; Ng, Vaulks, Ralls, Bennett; Ojo, Moore, Wilson.
Derby County (4-2-3-1):
Roos; Byrne, Wisdom, Clarke, Buchanan; Bird, Shinnie; Waghorn, Knight, Jozwiak; Kazim-Richards.
Ones to watch
Since signing from Wigan Athletic at the beginning of the season talisman Kieffer Moore has become a certain starter in Mick McCarthy's squad. The pairing had previously worked together whilst at Ipswich back in 2017 but it is now the 28 year old is blossoming into a top goalscorer. Moore's form has been key to the Bluebirds moving up the table scoring 15 goals in 27 league appearances already surpassing his tally from last season.
His six foot five inch frame means he his hard to muscle of the ball and having already scored against the Rams last time out will need to ensure he is not left out of sight.
Graeme Shinnie has made 27 league starts for Derby this season, cementing his position at the heart of Wayne Rooney’s midfield. The Scot, who joined the club from Aberdeen in 2019, adds experience to the County lineup, and is often paired alongside either Jason Knight or Max Bird in the middle of the park. Primarily a defensive midfielder, Shinnie has also found the back of the net on two occasions this term, scoring against AFC Bournemouth and Birmingham City earlier in the campaign.
The two sides have met on 66 occassions in the past, with Cardiff City having the better record. The Welsh side have 29 wins and 19 draws to their name, whilst Derby County were victorious on 18 previous meetings.
Their most recent meeting came on the 28th October 2020 when goals from Martyn Waghorn and Kieffer Moore ensured a share of the points.
How to watch
Kick off: 19.45 GMT, Tuesday 2nd March
The game will be available for both sets of fans from either club's website, with Derby using their own service RamsTV and Cardiff using Cardiff City TV's. Passes available from team websites.