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Derby have been nothing short of sensational in recent games, bouncing back from another points deduction by taking four points from Bournemouth and Fulham.
However, losing to Queens Park Rangers on Monday night, after initially being in front, hurts Wayne Rooney and his squad, and it emphasises the size of the task currently in front of them.
Despite collecting five points from four games, County have fallen further behind in their battle to stay in the second tier with 26 matches now remaining.
While Rooney will be delighted with the level of performance, results are all that matter now, and the Rams must travel to the South-West going all out for three points.
Tom Lawrence has shown that he is capable of delivering in the final third over the past five games, contributing three goals and two assists.
Rob Atkinson will return to the Bristol City XI to take the place of Nathan Baker, who will miss out on Saturday with a head injury.
With the likes of Matty James, Andy King and Joe Williams still on the sidelines, Pearson may not be in a position to make too many other alterations.
Nahki Wells may potentially come into the attack, a move which would allow Andreas Weimann to occupy a deeper role.
Rooney could make a couple of changes to his Derby starting lineup, handing recalls to Festy Ebosele and Colin Kazim-Richards.
Jason Knight and Ravel Morrison are the players most likely to drop out of the side, but Lee Buchanan and Sam Baldock remain out injured.
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Bristol City possible starting lineup:
Bentley; Vyner, Atkinson, Kalas; Scott, Bakinson, Massengo, O’Dowda; Weimann; Martin, Wells
Derby County possible starting lineup:
Roos; Byrne, Jagielka, Davies, Forsyth; Thompson, Bird, Shinnie; Ebosele, Kazim-Richards, Lawrence