No strikers available in Derby County predicted XI vs Stevenage

Derby County vs Stevenage kicks off at 3pm on Saturday 17 February
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Derby County look to make it three wins from three as they face a playoff chasing Stevenage side who have been tough to beat this season.

The Rams come off the back of a 3-0 win over Exeter City in a game where they put in a dominant attacking display with goals from Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, Max Bird and Tom Barkhuizen.

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They sit in second place, six points away from league leaders Portsmouth and in a prime position to challenge for an automatic promotion place come the end of the season.

Here is Paul Warne's predicted lineup for Saturday's game

Formation: 4-2-3-1

Goalkeeper: Joe Wildsmith

Joe Wildsmith playing for Derby County in a match against Port ValeJoe Wildsmith playing for Derby County in a match against Port Vale
Joe Wildsmith playing for Derby County in a match against Port Vale

Joe Wildsmith has reclaimed his spot in the starting XI and christened his return with a clean sheet on Tuesday night against Exeter City.

Left back: Callum Elder

Callum Elder playing for Derby County against Bradford CityCallum Elder playing for Derby County against Bradford City
Callum Elder playing for Derby County against Bradford City

Callum Elder has been in form lately especially with his attacking moves down the wing. He has been a part of the starting XI competing with Louie Sibley for the spot.

Centre back: Curtis Nelson

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Curtis Nelson playing for Derby County against Northampton

Curtis Nelson has started every game this season, he will be pleased with keeping a clean sheet on Tuesday night and will be hoping to add to it on Saturday.

Centre back: Eiran Cashin

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Eiran Cashin playing for Derby County against Oxford United
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Eiran Cashin was missed against Shrewsbury Town last weekend and his importance was shown on Tuesday helping the Rams to a clean sheet in a game where their opponents had 70% of the ball.

Right back: Ryan Nyambe

Ryan Nyambe playing for Derby County against Oxford UnitedRyan Nyambe playing for Derby County against Oxford United
Ryan Nyambe playing for Derby County against Oxford United

Ryan Nyambe missed out on Derby's 3-0 win over Exeter City due to injury but will be available again this weekend for the clash against Stevenage.

Centre midfield: Max Bird

Max Bird playing for Derby County against Crewe AlexandraMax Bird playing for Derby County against Crewe Alexandra
Max Bird playing for Derby County against Crewe Alexandra

Max Bird has been one of the most in form players in the league as of late. He has scored in the last two games and will be wantinng to extend his streak against Stevenage.

Centre midfield: Conor Hourihane

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Conor Hourihane playing for Derby County against Crewe Alexandra

Derby's captain was fairly quiet on Tuesday night despite the Rams pulling off a 3-0 win. However his leadership on the pitch shouldn't be taken for granted. He is always a must start.

Centre midfield: Ebou Adams

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Ebou Adams playing for Forest Green Rovers last season
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Ebou Adams had to go off after picking up a knock on Tuesday night however, he should be ready to go again this weekend as he looks to extend his good form since joining in January.

Left wing: Tom Barkhuizen

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Tom Barkhuizen playing for Derby County against Crewe Alexandra

Tom Barkhuizen was excellent when he came on as a sub against Exeter City on Tuesday night scoring a beautiful goal to make it 3-0 to the Rams. He deserves a start on Saturday because of it.

Right wing: Kane Wilson

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Kane Wilson playing for Derby County against Oxford United

Kane Wilson formed a nice partnership with Ryan Nyambe on the right wing earlier in the season. With injuries to a number of attacking players, we could see it return this weekend.

Striker: Nathaniel Mendez-Laing

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Nathaniel Mendez-Laing playing for Derby County against Crewe Alexandra

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing is not a striker, he is a natural winger. But James Collins looks to be a doubt for Saturday and so Warne could move the winger to a centre forward role in place on Collins should he not be available. Derby don't have any other strikers that are fit.