Big Game Focus: Leeds v Derby

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Derby County need to make history in order to make the playoff final when they travel to Elland Road to face off with Leeds on Wednesday night. Bet on the match here.

Leeds were able to win 1-0 at Derby in the first leg of this playoff semi-final and all they need now is a draw to set up a place in the final at Wembley. Leeds were impressive in their return to form in that victory, and from the looks of things they are on the front foot to make the final.

The Rams have a herculean task of doing what no other team have managed and that is to turn around a defeat at home to reach the Championship playoff final. They can take heart from their performance in the first leg that saw them denied a penalty though that will count for very little here.

Betting preview

Leeds have won their last three matches against Derby in all competitions, whilst the Rams have failed to win nine of their last ten away matches. Therefore you can back a Home Win at odds of 1.70 here.

Three of the last five meetings between the sides have resulted in Over 2.5 Goals being scored. Both sides have been famed for their attractive football and there is a good chance for the same to happen here. You can back Over 2.5 Goals at odds of 1.75.

Both Teams to Score has landed in three of the last five encounters between the sides. Derby will want to give a good account of themselves here and this makes odds of 1.70 for Both Teams to Score look incredibly attractive.

Team news

Kemar Roofe and Adam Forshaw are set to miss the second leg through injury, but Patrick Bamford has returned from suspension and should take up Kemar’s place. Pontus Jansson missed the first leg with a knock and he should be fit for the second leg.

Martyn Waghorn picked up an injury in training ahead of the playoff first leg and should be sidelined here. David Nugent struggled in his place and Frank Lampard could recall Jack Marriott to the attack for the second leg. Other than that we expect the rest of the side to remain unchanged.

Possible line-ups

Leeds: Casilla, Ayling, Cooper, Jansson, Dallas, Phillips, Hernandez, Klich, Shackleton, Harrison, Bamford.

Derby: Roos, Bogle, Keogh, Tomori, Malone, Mount, Johnson, Holmes, Wilson, Marriott, Lawrence