Derby County and Leeds United meet at iPro Stadium, in a match for the 33rd round of the Championship. Derby County won out (1-2) the last time they met in this edition of the league, on 10-10-2017. The history of direct confrontations played in this stadium is favorable to the home team, which in the last 4 matches won 3 and lost 1. Indeed, the last time these two teams played a match in this stadium, in 15-10- 2016, for the Championship, Derby County won by (1-0). J. Russell (56 ‘) scored the only goal of the match. Leeds United presents considerable differences in their results at home and as a visitor, so in this game the home factor may be decisive.
After 16 wins, 10 draws and 6 losses, the home team is currently in the 4 th position, with 58 points won. In the last match, they have lost in an away match against Sheffield Wednesday by (2-0), after in the previous match they have tied (1-1) at home, against Norwich City. This is a team that usually maintains its competitive levels in home and away matches, since in the last 30 matches they register 6 wins, 5 draws and 4 losses in away matches; against 9 wins, 4 draws and 2 losses at their stadium. For the league, Derby County won 18 points out of 30 possible points, after 5 wins, 3 draws and 2 losses in the last 10 home matches. In their home league matches the most frequent result at half-time was the 1-0 (6 out of 16 matches). In their home matches for this competition there is a tendency for few goals, since 12 of the last 16 matches have ended with Under 2,5 goals. In 32 matches in this competition, they only won 1 comeback in the 8 matches they suffered the first goal.
The Derby County comes to this game with a defeat in the field of Sheffield Wednesday, 2-0, adding the snub as in the last ten games played, one of them for the Cup of England, against Manchester United. In this game against his fans, it will be expected that coach Gary Rowett plays in his usual tactical system, that is, 4-2-3-1, benefiting the maintenance of possession of the ball and the paused attacks. The Czech Matej Vydra is the great highlight of Derby County, with 17 goals scored. It is important to emphasize that the locals have presented several weaknesses in the defensive sector. Everything indicates that the coach can not count on Winnall, Davies and Thorne, all with physical problems.
The away team is currently in the 11 th position of the league, with 45 points won, after 13 wins, 6 draws and 13 losses. In the penultimate match, they lost in an away match against Sheffield United, by (2-1). In the last match, they tied in a home match against Bristol City, by (2-2). This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 4 wins, 2 draws and 9 losses in away matches; against 7 wins, 3 draws and 5 losses at their stadium. For the league, Leeds United won 13 points out of 30 possible points, after 4 wins, 1 draw and 5 losses in the last 10 home matches. Defensive consistency has not been their best feature, as they have conceded goals in 7 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In 32 matches in this competition, they have only won 1 of the 14 matches in which they have conceded the first goal.
Leeds United arrives in this match with a two-way tie against Bristol City, adding the ninth consecutive game without tasting the victory in official matches. In this game away from home coach Paul Heckingbottom must line up in the usual 4-4-2, benefiting the defensive organization and the successive counterattacks. The spearhead Lasogga is one of the best finishers of Leeds United, with 9 goals scored. In spite of the terrible phase that they are going through, the foreigners exhibit enormous competition in the defensive set pieces and in the finalization. Ayling and Shaughnessy will be absent from this game due to an injury.
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