Leeds United welcome Derby County to Elland Road for what should be a tasty Championship clash between two play-off chasing outfits this Friday evening.
Leeds United are battling for a long-awaited return to the Premier League. The West Yorkshire side have been away from the big time for a while now, but with the history of the club and the size of the fanbase, they will see themselves as a top tier outfit and the hope at Elland Road is that Garry Monk can be the man to take them back to where they will feel they belong.
The Whites are in excellent form at the moment, having won six and lost just one of their last eight Championship games to rise up to 5th in the table and confidence will have been boosted further on Monday night as they came from behind to win their FA Cup tie against League Two Cambridge United. With the home advantage, you can back Leeds to win this one at 8/5 with bet365
But Derby County are an improving outfit under Steve McLaren. The summer decision to hire Nigel Pearson didn't exactly go to plan and a lack of goals saw the Rams struggle for form, so it didn't take too long before the former Leicester City boss was removed and the club moved to rejoin forces with Steve McLaren, less than two years after he was last sacked at the iPro Stadium.
The ex-England manager has done a fine job in lifting the club back up the league table so far though. They may have lost their last Championship fixture against Norwich City, but prior to that the Rams had won 10 on the bounce and after beating Premier League side West Brom in the cup last week, they'll feel more than capable of winning at Ellnad Road at 19/10 with William Hill
We fancy some goals to be scored in this one. Leeds have been in strong form going forward all season, with New Zealand international Chris Wood in particularly fine fettle having bagged 13 league goals in 24 appearances so far, whilst the likes of Souleymane Doukara and Kemar Roofe have also chipped in as the Whites have found the net eight times in their last three league matches.
Derby's attacking record might not look so great on paper, but they have certainly improved a huge amount since Steve McLaren's return to the club, with Darren Bent and Johnny Russell showing signs of improvement and Tom Ince starting to score on a regular basis from midfield. Both teams to score is surprisingly priced at evens with William Hill
We can't pick a winner between these two in-form sides. Leeds United may have the home form and may have won six of their last eight, but they haven't come up against many sides in form as good as Derby's has been of late during that run. Both of these teams will feel they have what it takes to win this match, but in the end we suspect a share of the spoils is on the cards here.Recommended bets:
Both teams to score @ evens with William Hill