Leeds vs Derby: The Championship leaders welcome the Rams to Elland Park as both sides look to improve their respective promotion pushes.
Leeds v Derby match preview
After winning seven straight games, Leeds have now lost their last three which saw them get knocked out of the FA Cup to QPR on Sunday. But they remain top of the pile by two points with second-place Norwich on a run of three games without a win.
But Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa has no cause for concern just yet. His side were dominant against Hull but just couldn’t make the most of their chances and their loss at Nottingham Forest can be put down to the early red card. The Argentine also showed where his priorities lie by making six changes in the cup against QPR.
And they’re back at Elland Road this evening, where they were undefeated in seven games (W5 D2) before the surprise loss to Hull during the hectic festive period. Bielsa’s side have also picked up 17 points and lost just two in 13 home games this season – a division best.
However, the only worry for Bielsa will be his back line. Leeds have the joint-second best defence in the league having conceded just 28 goals, but they have shipped 10 of those in their last four.
Derby have also been on a poor run of form, winning just one of their last six games across all competitions (W1 D4 L1), but that did include a 2-2 draw with Premier League side Southampton in the FA Cup on Saturday.
And their defending away from home will also be a concern for Frank Lampard. The Rams have kept just one clean sheet in their 13 away league games this season, conceding 18 in the process – the second-worst in the top-half of the table.
But they have picked up some surprise results on the road this term, including 4-3 and 4-1 wins over promotion rivals Norwich and West Brom respectively.
Derby could move above Middlesbrough and level on points with fourth-place West Brom with another scalp at Elland Road.
Leeds vs Derby team news
Leeds could have captain Liam Cooper (knee) back in action tonight, but Bielsa remains without striker Patrick Bamford (knee) and Chelsea loanee Izzy Brown (hamstring).
Lampard will be hoping to have on-loan Liverpool winger Harry Wilson available once again after he missed the FA Cup visit of Southampton, with defender Scott Malone also considered a doubt.
Leeds vs Derby form
Last six competitive matches
Leeds vs Derby head-to-head
Derby won 2-1 on their last visit to Elland Road in October 2017 but that stands as their only win in their last five trips.
While Leeds will be looking to complete their first league double over Derby since the 2001/02 campaign following their 4-1 victory at Pride Park back in August.
Leeds vs Derby betting prediction
Both Leeds (evens) and Derby (27/10) are at tempting odds this evening but I think goals seems like the safest bet at Elland Road. Both teams to score in the Leeds vs Derby match can be backed at 3/4 with Novibet.