Leeds United v Derby County Betting Preview – 13/1/17

Leeds United v Derby County Betting Preview – 13/1/17

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Leeds United v Derby County Betting Preview – 13/1/17

In our Leeds United v Derby County betting preview we look at the best possible betting tips between the two sides.

On Friday evening this week in the Championship we see Steve McClaren take his Derby County side on the trip to Elland Road to face Garry Monk’s Leeds United. This is nothing short of a six pointer with both play off hopefuls desperate to come away with all three points from this one. These two teams met back in October in the reverse fixture which was actually Steve McClaren first game in charge of his second spell at the iPro Stadium. The Rams came away with a narrow 1-0 victory in a tie which could’ve gone either way. A goal from Johnny Russell just before the hour mark was enough to earn all three points. Marcus Antonsson nearly snatched a point for the visitors in the dying seconds when his shot crashed into the post but it wasn’t meant to be.

The home side Leeds United head into the visit of Derby County knowing that it would be huge for them to come away with the win here. Not only could it take them into the weekend lying in a fantastic third place in the table (if Reading fail to win on Thursday), but it would it would extend the gap between them and their opponents to a comfortable eight points. Meaning that if they were to have a couple of slip-ups which is inevitable, then it wouldn’t effect them too much. It’s been a hectic schedule over the past few weeks for Leeds who only play their last match on Monday evening, meaning they’ve had two less days to recover than their opposition. They also look to have some issues defensively as Pontus Jansson is serving a two match ban and other centre half Liam Cooper came off injured on Monday evening. Some positive news however is that they have managed to tie Pablo Hernandez down to a permanent contract this week. Leeds are unbeaten in their last six and have won their last four on the bounce at Elland Road without conceding a single goal.

On Monday evening this week they travelled to the Abbey Stadium to face Sean Derry’s League Two Cambridge United in the third round of the FA Cup. A lacklustre first half saw the fourth tier side dominate the visitors and go into the break with a deserved 1-0 lead curtesy of a Uche Ikpeazu strike. Whatever Garry Monk said at half time must have worked as the Whites came out looking like a completely different side. It was their turn to dominate proceedings and two headed goals from Stuart Dallas and Alex Mowatt earned them a 2-1 win and a place in the fourth round where they will face the winners of AFC Wimbledon v Sutton United.

The away side Derby County go into the trip to Leeds United also knowing that it would be massive if they were to do what not many teams have done this season, go to Elland Road and win. They currently find themselves sat just outside the play offs in 7th place, two points below Sheffield Wednesday in 6th. A win here would see them close the gap between them and Leeds to just two points. After winning seven Championship matches on the bounce, their form has dipped slightly in the last four games which has seen them win one, draw two and lose the other one. But they will know that with the makeshift defence Leeds will have on Friday, that this is perfect opportunity to beat them. They have been bolstered this week with the signing of proven Championship striker David Nugent, he has consistently scored goals at this level and should be a great addition to their squad.

On Saturday afternoon they travelled to the Hawthorns Stadium to face Tony Pulis’ Premier League West Bromwich Albion in the third round of the FA Cup. The hosts went ahead not long before the break when Matt Phillips curled a shot past Scott Carson in the Derby goal to send them into half time in the lead. However two goals in just three second half minutes turned the tie on its head and sent the Rams into the fourth round where they will face Champions Leicester City. Darren Bent pulled them level and then Tom Ince scored what turned out to be the winner.

Recommended Bets:

Draw (Best Priced on BetVictor at 11/5) – BET HERE

Under 2.5 goals (Best Priced on WilliamHill at 4/7) – BET HERE

David Nugent to score anytime (Best Priced on PaddyPower at 11/4) – BET HERE

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