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Relegation is almost a certainty for Derby this season after they were docked 21 points, but they would be struggling even if that penalty was taken out of the equation.
The Rams have won just one of their last 11 matches – remarkably against promotion contenders Bournemouth – and are the second-lowest scorers in the Championship with just 17 goals to their name.
Wayne Rooney‘s side head into Saturday’s fixture having suffered back-to-back defeats for only the second time this season. Last weekend’s 1-0 loss to Bristol City followed a 2-1 setback at home to Queens Park Rangers.
However, three of their four wins this season have come on home turf so Rooney will hope that the Pride Park crowd can rally behind his team.
Meanwhile, only the Championship’s current top three have conceded fewer goals than Derby, who have won seven of their last eight matches against Blackpool.
Nineteen-year-old striker Luke Plange made his Derby debut as a substitute last weekend and is now pushing for a start.
Fellow frontman Sam Baldock suffered a hamstring problem against Bournemouth three weeks ago, but is close to being available again.
Lee Buchanan‘s return from a knee injury is slightly further away, while Jack Stretton is back training following his knee injury.
Blackpool striker Gary Madine missed the defeat to Luton with a groin issue, but Neil Critchley hopes to have him available again for the trip to Pride Park.
After conceding three goals against the Hatters, there could be a shakeup in the defence, opening the door for former Derby captain Richard Keogh to come into the side.
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Goalkeeper Chris Maxwell made his return from a two-month long injury last weekend and should keep his place between the sticks ahead of Daniel Grimshaw.
Derby County possible starting lineup:
Allsop; Byrne, Jagielka, Davies, Forsyth; Bird, Shinnie, Knight; Ebosele, Kazim-Richards, Lawrence
Blackpool possible starting lineup:
Maxwell; Sterling, Ekpiteta, Keogh, Husband; Bowler, Dougall, Wintle, Anderson; Yates, Lavery