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LU vs DER | Leeds United vs Derby County – Match Preview

Match Details

Leeds United vs Derby County – Championship

16th May, 00:15 IST

Elland Road, Leeds

 

Please Note: Changes will be made to this article approximately 50-55 mins before the deadline. The article will be updated with the confirmed lineups and the revised combined XI when the official starting lineups are released by both the teams.

 

Form:

Leeds United: L L D L W

Derby County: W W D W L

 

Preview:

Leeds United and Derby County will clash tonight in the crucial 2nd leg of their semi-final Championship playoff match at Elland Road. 

The first leg ended in a 1-0 win for Leeds United at Pride Park on Saturday thanks to a second-half strike from Kemar Roofe. Roofe, who is the top scorer for Leeds this season, will miss this crucial leg due to injury.  

Derby County, who finished 6th in the league table, will need to overturn a first-leg deficit if they are to go through to the playoff final. They will need to rely on the goalscoring exploits of Harry Wilson and the creative talents of Mason Mount to stage an unlikely comeback tonight.   

Leeds have already beaten Derby County three times this season. They will be confident of finishing the job tonight. 

 

Predicted Lineups (updated):

Leeds United: Casilla; Ayling, Cooper, Berardi, Dallas; Shackleton, Klich, Phillips; Hernandez, Harrison; Bamford.

Derby County: Roos; Bogle, Tomori, Keogh, Malone; Mount, Johnson, Wilson; Holmes, Lawrence, Bennett.

 

Combined XI for the game (updated):

 

 

Captain & Vice-Captain Options:

  1. Pablo Hernandez
  2. Wilson
  3. Klich
  4. Bamford
  5. Mount

 

Must Avoid:

  1. Roofe
  2. Alioski
  3. Douglas
  4. Jansson (Doubt)
  5. Forshaw
  6. Waghorn (Doubt)

 

Strategic Pointers:  

  • Leeds have beaten Derby County three times this season – they’ve never beaten a side four times in a single season in their history.
  • None of the previous 17 teams to lose the first leg of a second-tier play-off semi-final at home have progressed to the final.
  • Leeds top scorer Kemar Roofe will miss this match through injury. It will be a major blow for Leeds. Bamford will replace him in the starting lineup. 
  • Derby have won just one of their last 10 away matches in all competitions (W1 D5 L4).
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