Leeds United take on Derby County on Friday night as they try to cement their place at the top of the Championship. Derby on the other hand could move up to 5th in the league with a win.
Leeds v Derby County – Team News
Gaerano Berardi will definitely miss the match on Friday night for Leeds with his hamstring injury. Stuart Dallas is a doubt, but could feature as he attempts to overcome a fractured foot.
Liam Cooper could return to the fold after undergoing surgery in Rome on a knee injury. However, the captain is widely reported to have penciled in the match against Stoke on 19th January to return.
Barry Douglas and Pablo Hernandez are also out of the tie.
Leeds defender Kalvin Phillips was shown a straight red card in the match against Nottingham Forest on New Years Day and will miss the match on Friday.
Derby’s Scott Malone is “in contention” to return against Leeds according to manager Frank Lampard after he missed the past four matches due to a groin injury.
Leeds v Derby County – Manager’s Thoughts
Marcelo Bielsa has said that Leeds need to beat Derby on Friday, and has downplayed the problems that his team have had.
“We need to win the game because the last two Championship games, because we are playing always against a team who is going up and they are play with a style and if we can win against them and take into account the style they are using to play it will be a very positive for us.
“The problems that the teams has are not an excuse to try not to win the game. If you have a look, [Barry] Douglas and Pablo [Hernandez] are missing and we can find a solution for both positions.
Lampard has said that he is looking forward to a tough match against Leeds, and said it would be “great” if they can get some points from the game.
“I’m looking forward to it. It’s a tough match. They played very well and beat us at Pride Park. But I feel we’ve improved a lot since then. They have done very well and the league table doesn’t lie.
“It’s a big test for us but we need to believe in ourselves. If we can claw back some points on the likes of Leeds, then great.
“We know what a good team they are and we are not really thinking about form (Leeds have lost three in a row). If we bring our best game, we can give anyone a good game in this league.”
Leeds v Derby County – How to Follow
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Leeds v Derby County – Prediction
by Managing Editor, Joel Orme
Leeds are on a bad run of form, but are still top of the league. Injuries and suspensions won’t help them, and I can’t see them returning to winning ways just yet.
Derby have a full squad to pick from, and should be considered a quality chance to pick up three points in what will be a scrappy affair.
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