Leeds United are undoubtedly a massive club with ambitions to match, however they have been unable to haul themselves back into the top-flight after a lengthy exile. Nevertheless the indications are that this absence from the Premier League might be coming to an end with the Whites enjoying some excellent form since the start of the season and the side sitting two points clear at the summit of the Championship table. 51 points have thus far been collected courtesy of 15 wins and six draws, however while they have banged in 44 goals along the way, they have also conceded 28 and this is something which they will need to address should they find themselves climbing back into the Premier League at the end of the season. Leeds will certainly be up against it on Friday evening when they lock horns with a Derby County outfit which have also enjoyed an impressive start to the campaign, the Rams looking well positioned for a play-off place as things stand.
With the FA Cup taking centre-stage last weekend, this match will surely prove to be a fitting return to Championship action although it’s difficult to split these two sides. Leeds United may have triumphed in eight of their last thirteen matches at Elland Road but they have been looking somewhat shaky of late with defeat in each of their last three matches across all competitions. Derby County have shared the spoils in their last two outings but these draws were against a solid Middlesbrough side and Premier League outfit Southampton, therefore the East Midlands side will be confident of picking something up from their trip to West Yorkshire on Friday evening.
With Leeds seemingly struggling slightly at the moment, it’s tempting to back Derby County on the outright market at odds as high as 7/2, however we’ll be siding with the visitors in the ‘Draw No Bet’ market with the added protection that comes with it should this match fizzle out into a stalemate, Unibet Bookmakers going 12/5 that this proves to be the case.