Derby County vs Middlesbrough preview: How to watch, kick-off time, team news, predicted lineups and ones to watch
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Derby County will look to make it back-to-back wins when they welcome Middlesbrough to Pride Park on Saturday.

Debutant Sam Baldock scored in midweek as the Rams won 1-0 at Hull City to clinch their first league win of the season.

Boro suffered their first league defeat of the season on Wednesday. Neil Warnock's men lost 3-2 at home to Queens Park Rangers despite the visitors having Moses Odubajo sent off when the score was 1-1.

Both sides have four points from their opening three games, with Middlesbrough sitting 10th and one place above Derby on goals scored.

  • Team news

Rams duo Tom Lawrence and Festy Ebosele remain sidelined with groin and knee injuries respectively. Manager Wayne Rooney is set to name the same squad as Wednesday.

Their long-term absentees are Colin Kazim-Richards (Achilles), Jason Knight (ankle), and Krystian Bielik (knee).

Boro could still be without Marcus Tavernier and Duncan Watmore due to their respective injuries.

Sammy Ameobi has yet to feature since joining the club and remains sidelined due to a knee injury.

New signing Toyosi Olusanya will travel but is unlikely to be named in the match-day squad.

  • Predicted lineups

Derby County

Roos; Byrne, Jagielka, Davies, Buchanan; Bird, Shinnie; Sibley, Morrison, Jozwiak; Baldock.

Middlesbrough

Lumley; Dijksteel, Hall, Fry, Bola; Howson, McNair; Spence, Crooks, Jones; Ikpeazu.

  • Ones to watch 

Louie Sibley - Derby

Sibley scored five goals and provided two assists in his breakthrough season with the Rams in 2019/20, including a hat-trick in a 3-2 win at Millwall. He made 30 appearances last season but only started 10 of those, managing to find the net just once.

The 19-year-old made his first league start of this campaign against Hull and put in an impressive performance. Rooney is pleased with how he's performed so far this season - he must now do it consistently to keep his place in the team.

Isaiah Jones - Middlesbrough

Jones has had a fine start to his first season in the Championship, having already registered two assists. He showed great determination to win possession back before assisting Matt Crooks' goal against QPR, and it was his pace that caused Odbubajo's sending off. Nathan Byrne could be in for a difficult afternoon.

  • Previous meetings

The last meeting between the sides was at Pride Park in February. Derby won 2-1 with goals from Lee Gregory and Kazim-Richards before Neeskens Kebano pulled one back.

Middlesbrough beat the Rams 3-0 in the reverse fixture, while their last away victory came in April 2018.

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  • How to watch

Overseas supporters can watch the game on Rams TV or mfc.co.uk, with live audio an option for UK residents. The match kicks off at 15:00 BST.

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