After a slow start to the season, Derby really hit their stride come September and a 10-game unbeaten run, which included eight victories, saw them firmly establish themselves in the Play-Offs places, just one point off top spot.
A sequence of just one defeat in the subsequent nine matches continued their excellent campaign, with the 2-0 win over Fulham on Boxing Day taking them to first position in the Sky Bet Championship.
That was their most recent league win, though, and a points tally of just three from a possible 18 has seen them slide to fourth.
Head coach Paul Clement has said Darren Bent and Andreas Weimann will be back in his squad for the trip to Craven Cottage after the pair were left out of Tuesday’s goalless draw with Preston North End.
It will be overcast in SW6 on Saturday, and there is potential for rain between 3-5pm. Temperatures will be around the 11-degree mark.
In a tight game, an unfortunate own goal from Emerson Hyndman and Jacob Butterfield’s late strike sent Derby top of the league as they beat Fulham 2-0 on Boxing Day.