Leeds (@1.5) vs Derby (@6.0)

Our Prediction:

Leeds will win

Leeds – Derby Match Prediction | 21-09-2019 07:30

But due to finishing last in the top-six, they are pitted against the best of the squads that are taking part in the post-season proceedings. Derby managed to crawl into the sixth spot in the league table after a grueling campaign. They were given a fierce chase by Middlesbrough, and it took all of their determination to qualify for the playoffs.

Derby aim to give fans yet another reason for celebration and we predict that they are going to go for a win in the first leg. Derby County will be aiming to build on a 3-1 win over WBA when they welcome Leeds United at Pride Park Stadium on Saturday evening. The Rams somehow made it to the Championship play-offs, but they do not want to stop now.

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Bookmakers can not see past a home victory and make Leeds strong favourites to come out on top here. History and home and away form for both sides suggest it is hard to take them on with Derby in this match. Rather than backing Leeds to win the match back them to be promoted as this price will not stay at these odds if they win tomorrow night.

Theyre the masters of pulling a late goal or a surprise out of nowhere, and in a division such as this one, thats one of the best traits you could hope to have. Its almost as if the football world is just waiting for Frank Lampard to slip up, as if its an inevitability. While Derby are known for getting the hopes of their fans up before letting them down, something feels different this season. In response hes been able to guide the Rams into the top six, and theyve certainly earned their place there.

Frank Lampards troops, on the other hand, face an uphill task in the second leg and seeing that they are not regarded as good travelers, we predict that the Rams are going to return home empty-handed from the trip to West Yorkshire. The Whites have turned their Elland Road into a real fortress and we predict that they are going to prove their worth on the field.

Its entirely possible and weve seen it happen many times before in the past, but for now, wed advise fans to just enjoy the ride and try to keep their expectations at a minimum, just in case. Leeds are one of those teams that we just cant figure out. When theyre on top form wed argue theyre a match for even a handful of Premier League sides, and thats saying something. Alas, theyve been so up and down that it leaves us wondering whether or not theyll slip up as we get closer to the end of the season.

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A 55th Kemar Roofe goal gave Leeds a first-leg victory with a 1-0 road success at Pride Park meaning it is advantage to the Yorkshire side. County can have few issues with the scoreline as the expected goals data suggests United created what little chances there was in the opening match. The victory means they have won all three meetings with the East Midlands side this season.

Regarding Leeds, they will try their best to record at least one away goal. Logically, we should expect both teams to find the back of the net. Leeds also netted goals in 20 of their last 23 away ties and recorded two or more in three of the last five. They also have the upper hand due to the second leg being at their home. It helps that Leeds was several notches better than Derby in the regular season. As such, expect Derby to avoid a loss at any cost since they are already expecting a tough away leg.

Importantly, Derby recorded nine of the last eleven h2h wins. They repeated the feat in 19 of their last 21 home ties and won seven of their last ten as well. Derby is unbeaten in their last five games, and in 11 of their last 12. In the meanwhile, Leeds is winless in their last four fixtures and lost three of the last four on the road.

All eyes will be on Elland Road when Leeds United and Derby County face each other in the Championship play-offs, semis, return leg. Kemar Roofes goal at Pride Park Stadium helped the Whites beat the Rams in the first leg and Marcelo Bielsas men are now on a quest to defend their slim lead. Leeds United were having ups and downs in the regular part of the season, but they are seen as hot favourites to win Wednesdays football match.

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A ball-playing central defender who likes to keep things clean and simple, Jansson boasts impressive composure and never backs under pressure. During his five-year stay with Malmo Jansson went on to play 98 league matches, score 6 goals and impose himself as a commanding presence for his club. The Swedish defender was plucked by the Serie A side Torino in 2014 where he failed to make his big international break.

Putting in an eye-catching display and appearing to bounce back from their sluggish end to the year, Bielsa will be looking for the returning Patrick Bamford to spearhead Leeds Wembley charge. Starting with the hosts, while Leeds may have struggled with their consistency at the back end of the season, Marcelo Bielsas side will be boosted by their 1-0 victory at Pride Park on Saturday. Although the Whites would have been disappointed to have had to settle for a spot in the play-offs after ending their Championship campaign by picking up one-point out of a possible 12, the former Napoli boss will be calling for his side to continue their performances at Elland Road. With leading goalscorer, Kemar Roofe sidelined for Wednesdays second-leg, the former Middlesbrough striker has three goals in his last five appearances. Leeds have won 10 of their last 15 second-tier matches in West Yorkshire, with their only defeats coming against Norwich, Sheffield United, and a shock loss against Wigan last month.

The Whites are more of a team than the Rams, but seeing that Frank Lampards men are tough to beat at home, we are tempted to put our money on draw. The Whites, on the other hand, suffered a shocking 3-2 loss to Ipswich Town in their last league fixture, but it has to be noted that coach Marcelo Bielsa did not field the best possible side against the Tractor Boys. Leeds United have been producing thrilling displays in the 2018/2019 season, but they now need to prove their worth on the field.