Essential reading on this weekend's opponents
Nickname: The Rams
Manager: Steve McClaren
Ground: iPro Stadium
Fastest road route from Carrow Road: 172 miles (3 hours 13 minutes)
Derby missed the chance to go top of the Sky Bet Championship last Saturday after an extraordinary finish to their game against Birmingham City.
Approaching the final whistle with what appeared to be a comfortable two-goal cushion at the iPro Stadium, the Rams gave away a penalty that Paul Caddis converted before Clayton Donaldson bundled in a dramatic leveller deep into stoppage.
The late concession means Steve McClaren’s side are now without a win in three as the promotion race intensifies with less than two months to go until the curtain draws on this season.
They have been among the pacesetters all season, however, and remain in the automatic promotion places leading into their visit to Carrow Road.
Norwich lead the head-to-head record between the two teams with 27 wins to County’s 18. December saw their last meeting, with Steven Whittaker’s late goal earning a 2-2 draw.
Two former Canaries are in Derby's squad: Chris Martin (2006-13) and Zak Whitbread (2010-12).
Steve McClaren replaced Nigel Clough as Derby County Head Coach in September 2013.
A former assistant to Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, McClaren managed England between August 2006 and December 2007 but was sacked after his failure to lead the team the 2008 European Championship.
Following a playing career with Hull City, Derby, Bristol City and Oxford United, he started on his managerial pathway at Middlesbrough after leaving United in 2001.
His five years on Teesside were largely successful, establishing 'Boro as a Premier League force while guiding them to League Cup (winners) and UEFA Cup (runners-up) finals.
McClaren rebuilt his reputation with FC Twente in the Netherlands after his stint with England, guiding the Eredivisie side to their first top flight title in May 2010.
He then left to take over at German outfit Wolfsburg, but was sacked midway through his first season before further disappointing spells at Nottingham Forest and FC Twente once more.
The 53-year-old guided Derby to the Championship Play-Off final in his first year in charge, where they lost 1-0 to Queens Park Rangers.
Goalkeepers: Lee Grant, Kelle Roos, Jonathan Mitchell.
Defenders: Cyrus Christie, Craig Forsyth, Jake Buxton, Richard Keogh (c), Lee Naylor, Mark O’Brien, Zak Whitbread, Tom Naylor, Shaun Barker, Jamie Hanson, Farrend Rawson, Isak Ssewankambo, Ryan Shotton, Raul Albentosa, Stephen Warnock.
Midfielders: Craig Bryson, Jeff Hendrick, John Eustace, Jesse Lingard, Will Hughes, Alban Bunjaku, Tom Ince, Omar Mascarell, George Thorne.
Forwards: Simon Dawkins, Chris Martin, Jamie Ward, Johnny Russell, Mason Bennett, Kwame Thomas, Darren Bent.
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Derby, Saturday March 14, 3pm
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