2018-19 Sky Bet Championship: Week 27 – Friday

After a week full of cup action, Leeds United kick off the return of league action as they welcome Derby County to Elland Road. 

Whilst Derby earned themselves a FA Cup replay against Southampton, Leeds United crashed out so will view this as the ideal opportunity to kick on in their quest for promotion. 

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Captain, Liam Cooper could make his return for Leeds United after missing seven games with a knee injury. 

Pablo Hernandez however could miss out with a thigh strain and if fails a fitness test, he joins Barry Douglas (muscle), Gaetano Berardi (hamstring), Izzy Brown (hamstring), Stuart Dallas (foot) and Patrick Bamford (knee) on sidelines. 

Derby meanwhile might have Harry Wilson unavailable as he is struggling for match fitness after a knock kept him out of FA Cup action.

Scott Malone is doubtful with a groin injury but midfielder, Bradley Johnson is hoping to return after missing their last eight games despite five of those being due to suspension. 



Leeds have lost their last three meetings in all competitions, scoring in the latter two of those defeats. 

At home, the Whites have suffered just one defeat in their last eight which came a fortnight ago against Hull, making it the first time that they hadn’t scored a home goal since a goalless draw against Middlesbrough at end of August. 

Derby have drawn four of their last six matches across all competitions but beat promotion rivals, Norwich City a fortnight ago at Carrow Road just days after losing at Sheffield United.

On their travels, the Rams have won three of their last five away games but kept just one clean sheet which came at Wigan. 


Stat Attack

  • Leeds are unbeaten in three of last five meetings with Derby (W2, D1, L2).
  • There has only been two clean sheets in last seven meetings.
  • Derby manager – Frank Lampard won in four of his last five appearances at Elland Road as a player with Chelsea. 



Given the fact that both sides have injury concerns, I am not expecting an exciting match here. 

Based on form, I am going for Derby to nick this but a goalless draw wouldn’t be a surprise here as both sides try to avoid further injuries. 

Prediction: Leeds United 0-1 Derby County

Result: Leeds United 2-0 Derby County

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