Leeds United host Derby County at Elland Road as both teams target a play off place.

 

Team News

Leeds will be hoping that Liam Cooper has recovered from his knee injury.

If he hasn’t, Luke Ayling will be partnering Kyle Bartley at centre back.

Pontus Jansson starts his two game ban meaning that we might see a different defence to usual.

Derby could hand David Nugent his first start for the Rams, after joining from Middlesbrough in midweek.

Manager, Steve McClaren is unlikely to risk Will Hughes as Jacob Butterfield continues his suspension.

 

Tactics

If Cooper fails to prove his fitness for tonight’s game, could Gary Monk go for a back three and compensate higher up with a 3-4-3 or 3-5-2 formation, if don’t want o play Ayling at centre back?

Derby will be looking to continue their impressive form and push on in their play off challenge.

With most of their players available, expect them to keep to their usual formation.

This match should be close tactically but the Lilywhites’ defensive issues in centre back could well prove to be critical to the outcome of this match.

 

Facts

  • Leeds have collected 19 points in games which involved Chris Wood scoring the first goal.
  • Derby’s Scott Carson is the best keeper in the league so far this season with 14 clean sheets.

 

Prediction: Leeds 1-1 Derby

Result: Leeds 1-0 Derby

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