The hosts come into this fixture on the back of a narrow 1-0 defeat to Millwall on home soil. A goal right on the stroke of halftime with The Lions only shot on target by Shaun Hutchinson was enough to give the away side all three points.
Brentford were 1-0 victors over Blackburn Rovers away from home. A 10th-minute penalty by Ivan Toney proved to be the difference between the two sides as the Bees won their third match in four games.
That win saw Brentford consolidate their spot in the playoff positions. The Bees currently sit in fourth spot only three points behind second-place Watford, having garnered 66 points from 35 games to date
Derby County are further down in the 19th spot, seven points above the bottom three, although third-bottom Rotherham United have four games in hand and are on the back of a five-match winless streak. They have also failed to score in their last four games. They will likely be looking nervously over their shoulders in the coming weeks.
Derby County Championship form: W D L L D L
Brentford Championship form: L L W W L W
Thomas Frank could hand a start to Saman Ghoddos, who dropped out of the team to accommodate the return of Christian Norgaard against Blackburn.
Sergi Canos may also get the nod over Tariqe Fosu-Henry. But, Pontus Jansson (ankle), Shandon Baptiste (knee) and Rico Henry ( Hamstring) remain out of contention for the trip to Derby.
Wayne Rooney must decide whether to stick with the 3-4-3 formation which was used during Derby's defeat against Millwall on Saturday.
David Marshall is fit again after a back injury has caused him to sit out the last few games. Also, Derby will be happy to welcome back Tom Lawrence after a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
While mass changes are unlikely to be made, Andre Wisdom, Max Bird and Louie Sibley could all be recalled.
The hosts have two players currently sidelined by injury. Krystian Bielik (ACL), and Curtis Davies (Achilles tendon) are both unavailable.
DERBY (4-4-2): Marshall, Byrne, Wisdom, Clarke, Buchanan, Roberts, Watson, Shinnie, Jozwiak; Waghorn, Kazim-Richards.
BRENTFORD (4-3-3): Raya; Dalsgaard, Reid, Pinnock, Bech Sørensen; Janelt, Jensen, Norgaard; Fosu, Toney, Mbeumo.
This will be the 38th meeting between the sides. Derby County have a superior record with 15 wins and 10 draws. Brentford were victorious on 12 previous occasions.
Their most recent meeting came in December 2020 when they could not be separated in a goalless draw.
Derby County have been in dire form of late and a run of five games without a win has dampened the early optimism that greeted Wayne Rooney's appointment.
Brentford have responded to their run of three consecutive defeats last month by winning three of their last four games in the Championship.
A hard-fought 0-1 victory for Brentford away at Blackburn this past Friday night saw them keep themselves within reach of Watford and Swansea directly above them in second and third place, respectively. With three wins in their last four Championship games, the Bees must keep the pressure on by continuing to rack up wins including here away at Derby. The Rams are nervously looking over their shoulder having not won in their last five Championship matches. Brentford represent extremely difficult opposition for Wayne Rooney’s side and it is expected that the strength of the visitors’ frontline will overwhelm the Rams in this match and lead Brentford to another important three points.
How to watch
Kick-off: 19.00 GMT, Tuesday 16th March
The game will be available for both sets of fans from either club's website, with Derby using their own service RamsTV, while Brentford will be streaming the game on iFollow. Passes available from team websites.