Three Derby County players that must start crucial clash vs. Preston

Derby County know they must keep winning if they are to keep alive their slim chances of snatching a spot in the Championship’s play-off positions ahead of their meeting against Preston North End to Pride Park tonight.

The Rams currently lie eleven points from the top six with eleven matches of the campaign remaining, and they will need to take three points in the majority of those if they are to be a part of the end of season lottery.

Steve McClaren’s men bounced back from successive 1-0  defeats away at Aston Villa and Blackburn Rovers respectively with a 2-1 victory over Barnsley at Pride Park on Saturday, and they will be looking for a similar outcome when they host Simon Grayson’s side in midweek.

Preston are one place and one point ahead of County, so it certainly won’t be an easy task for the east Midlands outfit, and they will need their stars to be on form.

Here are THREE Derby players that must start against North End…