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Derby are considered 11/8 favourites to beat QPR on Monday night to edge ever closer to the automatic promotion spots whilst Leicester look to solidify their lead at the top by beating Watford on Saturday
The automatic promotion spots have been closely contested all season long and Derby’s persistent hard work could see them stay in contention for the top two with a win over promotion rivals QPR.
At the moments, Derby County are 4 points off the promotion zone in fourth place but a win would move The Rams to within one point of the promised land.
For Steve McClaren, the main problem is finding which players to put in the first team as the likes of Johnny Russell, Jamie Ward and Simon Dawkins are all fit again and ready to be included in his squad.
Alongside that, George Thorne is also eager to make his debut for the club after moving to Pride Park from West Brom on loan at the end of last month.
Their opponents will be up for the match whoever they face as QPR look to move straight back up to the Premier League and The Hoops are so far on target as they sit in second place occupying the final promotion place.
There is bad news for Harry Redknapp though as Matt Phillips has been ruled out for the rest of the season due to an ankle injury meaning that Canadian winger Junior Hoilett will get a chance to fill in throughout the next few months.
Redknapp will also look to give Aaron Hughes his debut for the club as Danny Simpson has yet to recover from a back issue that has plagued the defender in recent weeks.
Elsewhere, Leicester could get the chance to extend their lead to 13 points on Saturday if they are able to defeat Watford at the King Power Stadium.
The Foxes have dominated the second tier of English football all season long and the league leaders could take a big step toward promotion by winning on Saturday.
They will be helped by the possible returns of both Ignasi Miquel and Chris Wood after both players made it through a reserve friendly match during mid-week as part of their recovery from injury.
Watford had been considered promotion challengers at the start of the season but some inconsistent form has left them floating aimlessly in mid-table where they currently sit in 13th place.
The problem for The Hornets is that they will be without creative midfielders Lewis McGugan and Almen Abdi who are both struggling without injury and are going to miss the trip to The Midlands.
With just 3 months left in the season, many of the teams know that every results count from now on meaning that 3 points could be the difference to whether sides such as QPR or Derby can secure promotion to the Premier League.