Derby will look to continue their winning start to the new Championship season when they go up against a Leicester side packed with talent at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.
Leicester Sven Goran Eriksson bought in the likes of Gelson Fernandes, Michael Johnson, David Nugent, Paul Konchesky and Jermain Beckford in an attempt to restore the Foxes to their former Premier League glory, but it is Derby and Nigel Clough who are looking the most likely to gain promotion after an impressive start which has seen them taste defeat just twice in nine games.
The Rams sit in third, level on points with Southampton and Middlesbrough at the top of the table, and will be hopeful of claiming all three points and putting further distance between them and the sides behind them.
Leicester meanwhile could only muster three draws from their last three games and failed to score in back to back 0-0 draws with Cardiff and Middlesbrough, leaving them well off the pace down in 11th.
Derby meanwhile claimed a valuable point against Barnsley off the back off two emphatic wins against arch-rivals Nottingham Forest and Millwall.
Despite missing out on the opportunity to go top with a win over Barnsley, Clough was full of praise for his side’s performance, but now they must ensure the goal tally matches the effort on the pitch when they travel to the King Power Stadium.
Derby will be without 2010/11 young player of the year James Bailey for the game after the23-year-old suffered an ankle fracture in training that will keep him out of action for around three months.
Nathan Tyson has also had an injury setback, just weeks since he made his debut for his new club against former team Nottingham Forest.
The striker has suffered a flare up of the groin problem that has dogged him since his arrival at Pride Park over the summer and is not expected to be fit until after the international break.