Derby County will face Leeds United at Pride Park, in Derby, in the English Championship Play-Offs. Derby County against Leeds United is the match with the big interest after their last match in Championship. Review our thoughts on this match below.
Derby County took the last chance winning against West Brom in the last Round of Championship. Frank Lampard with this squad could fight for promotion in Play-Offs, and complete in what Derby failed to succeed already in 3 out of 5 seasons. The Rams lost only once in the last 10 games of Championship and collected 19 points. They strongly prepared to end of the season and scored 23 and conceded 10 goals in last 10 matches. Derby has a great chance to succeed at home ground since they lost only 3 times this season and feel very comfortable at Pride Park. In the last 5 games at home Derby won 4 and have drawn only one game against Stoke. Moreover, they saved clean sheet in 3 games, conceded 2 and scored 15 goals.
Young Welsh Harry Wilson become the best striker in the squad with 15 goals and 3 assists. 18 years old Jayde Bogle become the best assister with 8 key passes. In general, the squad with Frank Lampard already achieved a lot and showed a real character in the second strongest league of England. Unfortunately, Andy King will miss the next match due to injury. All other main squad players are fit and ready to play against Leeds United.
Leeds United took 3rd place and nearly overtook Sheffield United to be at 2nd place. The Whites failed in the last 5 games, by winning only one game, 1 has drawn and lost 3 matches. Even after weak form at the end of the season, they are still between teams with the best defense in the league. If the team continues to play such football, then in the first match they will suffer strong loss. Probably at the end of the season, ex-Manager of Argentina, Marseille, Lazio, and Lille and all team players relaxed when they hit the top 6 Championship teams. A manager with such experience must understand that he came to the team precisely in order to achieve the highest result. The first season in this club may already be the most successful for the club over the past 9 seasons. Last Leeds United Premier League season was in far 2013/14 season.
Kemar Roofe finished the regular season as the best squad striker with 14 goals. The leader of the team become experienced 34 years old Spanish Pablo Hernandez with 12 goals and 12 assists. Unfortunately, Eunan O’Kean and Barry Douglas will miss next match due to injuries. Moreover, Patrick Bamford will miss the next game due to suspension.
In the 2018/19 season, these teams already met two times in Championship. Both times Leeds United were stronger. In the Second Round of Championship Leeds won with 4:1 result at Pride Park in Derby. The second match they won saving clean sheet with final 2:0 result at Elland Road. With all the sympathy to Lampard, Bielsa is a coach with a lot more experience and in this confrontation, not the players will fight, but the coaches.