Despite their difficulties behind the scenes, Derby have performed admirably in recent weeks since going into administration and being docked 12 points.
Wayne Rooney’s side have lost just one of their last five games and have beaten in-form sides Stoke City and Reading in that run.
The Rams are joint-lowest scorers in the Championship with just seven goals to their name this season, but also have the joint-best defence in the division having only conceded eight goals.
Therefore, it was unsurprising that they headed into the international break with a 0-0 draw against Swansea City – their third goalless stalemate of the campaign.
However, Derby will need to start picking up points on the road if they are to pull off an unlikely survival bid, as they have won just one of their last 14 Championship away games.
The Rams travel to a Preston side who have not lost at Deepdale since the opening day of the season, while their only two league victories this season have come on home turf.
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However, Frankie McAvoy’s side are currently on a six-match winless run; they had drawn five games in a row before a 3-2 defeat to Queens Park Rangers before the international break.
The Lilywhites led 2-1 at the Kian Prince Foundation Stadium, but conceded twice in the final 19 minutes to suffer defeat and slip down the table.
It is the start of a big week for Preston, who host high-flying Coventry City on Wednesday evening before facing a West Lancashire derby against Blackpool next weekend