The Baggies head into this showdown after a thumping 5-2 win over Hull City in the Championship last weekend.
In terms of what Steve Bruce’s starting XI could look like, one man who didn’t start against the Tigers but who we feel should tonight is Callum Robinson.
In the league, the Irishman has only made three substitute appearances for the Baggies and is yet to deliver a goal contribution for his team.
However, he did start and play 85 minutes of West Brom’s 1-0 Carabao Cup win over Sheffield United earlier this month to set them up for tonight’s game.
He also provided the assist for Karlan Grant’s winner against the Blades, which led to him getting described in the Express & Star as being “arguably Albion’s best player” on the night.
Taking this into account, it’s clear that, when given a chance to feature from the start, Robinson can be vital for the Baggies when it comes to offering a useful attacking threat.
Also, with his versatility in being able to play across a number of attacking positions, this could give Bruce the freedom to choose where he thinks the 27-year-old could be best suited to line out against the Rams.
Looking back to the emphatic win over Hull, one man who didn’t put in a particularly solid performance was Jed Wallace. He lost possession of the ball 22 times, which was more than any other Baggies player on the day, also losing five of his seven duels and misplacing 11 of the 14 crosses that he attempted (as per SofaScore).
With that in mind, this could make it easier for Bruce to decide who Robinson could displace in the team to take on the League One side tonight.
Previously praised by Don Goodman for his “first class” attacking ability, the 27-year-old certainly has the credentials to be a terrifying prospect for Derby’s defenders to face, even though Liam Rosenior’s side currently boast the joint-best defensive record in League One with just two goals conceded.
Bearing in mind how tonight’s showdown would provide the Irishman with another opportunity to prove to Bruce that he should be a regular starter in the Championship, it would be safe to assume that he would be chomping at the bit to do all that he can to impress.