Huddersfield Town travel to Derby County this evening looking to make it eight league games without defeat under Chris Powell.

The Rams have been one of the multitude of early pacesetters in the division, a bracket of teams which includes Nottingham Forest, who fell to a 3-0 defeat at the John Smith's Stadium on Saturday as Town combined flair, speed and decisiveness to win at a canter.

Powell felt Saturday's face-off with Stuart Pearce's side would act as a barometer on his side's progress and concedes a trip to the iPro Stadium is perhaps another challenge altogether but the Terriers will head there in confident mood.

Here are the three battles which could decide the meeting between the two teams at the iPro Stadium in midweek as Powell and his charges look to keep their unbeaten run going against the Rams.

Cyrus Christie v Harry Bunn

Cyrus Christie v Harry Bunn

The reputed former Town target will have the perfect opportunity to try and show the Terriers what they missed out on this evening, but that will act as further incentive for Bunn to wreak more havoc on yet another right-back in this division.

The Town wideman was not at his flying best on Saturday despite a bright opening but was still a tangible problem for Forest right-back Eric Lichaj throughout and the former Aston Villa man's second-half withdrawal epitomised his struggles.

Christie has been one of the Rams' best players so far this term however and his record of four assists to this point illustrates how much of a threat he poses heading forward, meaning Bunn must be on his guard defensively.

He has certainly proven capable of performing a more reserved wide role, as seen in the 3-1 success at Wolves, but Christie will also test his ability going forward too as the former Coventry City man is both quick and agile.

Derby rely on Christie as their right-wing outlet when Johnny Russell - one of only four players in the division to register more assists than his right-back in 2014/2015 - cuts inside and so it promises to be an intriguing watch.

Craig Forsyth v Sean Scannell

Craig Forsyth v Sean Scannell
Craig Forsyth v Sean Scannell

On the other flank, Forsyth offers a good passing ability and is good in the air, as well as having a similar penchant to Christie in enjoying forward raids down the flank beyond Simon Dawkins.

It will be interesting to see how he intends to deal with a player in the form of his life in Scannell, who has openly admitted that he is much more confident of driving at defenders this season.

If he can peg Forsyth back from an early stage, then there will be an emphasis on defensive work for Dawkins, something which does not fit his natural skill-set but will be a necessity against one of Town's strongest areas on the right flank.

Forsyth is perhaps slightly more defensively-minded than Christie but has great ability on the ball and will not shirk at any opportunity to roam forward himself when space opens up - as his cross which led to Derby's second in their 3-1 win over Town last season will attest.

But after making a seasoned veteran in Danny Fox look anything but for Forest on Saturday, Scannell will approach this in high spirits and has the tricks, the speed and most importantly the end ball to win this contest.

Chris Martin v Joel Lynch

Chris Martin v Joel Lynch
Chris Martin v Joel Lynch
 

Perhaps the most daunting battle of the lot for Town but if there is one man up to it from a Terriers perspective, it has to be a rejuvenated Lynch.

Like Scannell, Lynch is playing with considerably more belief this season and he will be on a revenge mission after being sent off at the iPro last season for two needless bookings.

Having scored on Saturday too, as well as providing a number of key blocks and challenges, he will hope to team up with captain Mark Hudson to keep out the division's top scorer in Martin, who has been sensational so far this season.

He has carried on where he left off from last season's failed pursuit of promotion to the Premier League and leads the way with 10 goals which have showcased his power, aerial ability and clinical touch in front of goal.

With the Rams fluid in their formation, Martin acts as the spearhead of the attack and he is possibly the perfect all-round striker at this level with his hold-up play equally as impressive as his off-the-ball movement. It promises to be a difficult test for Town, but one they can certainly pass.