Saturday, September 19, 2020

Leeds 11/10 to beat Derby County in Sunday’s Championship contest

Competition: Championship

Market: Leeds United win

Odds: 11/10 @ 888sport

With the mood in their camp at a red-hot high, an already promoted Leeds will travel to what is a downbeat Pride Park on Sunday afternoon.

Starting with the hosts, while Derby might have marked their return from the enforced break in eye-catching fashion, the Rams have found themselves coming crashing back down to earth. Enduring what has been a torrid few weeks and watching their outside play-off ambitions take a critical blow, the Whites were hit with a 2-1 defeat away at Cardiff in midweek. Now in the midst of a three-match losing run and collecting just a single point over their last four Championship appearances, Philip Cocu’s side have really started to show some issues at the back. With just a sole clean sheet to their name since making a return to action last month, the former PSV boss has also seen his squad continue to show some recent problems on home soil. Including a 3-1 drumming against a high-flying Brentford earlier in the month, Sunday’s hosts have managed to win just a pair of their last seven showings at Pride Park.

As for the visitors, while the mood in Derby’s camp might be at a low, Leeds find themselves firmly on cloud 9. Picking up a crucial 1-0 win against Barnsley in midweek and West Brom slipping up against Huddersfield, they have already secured their spot back in the Premier League. Knowing that just one more point will be enough to see them crowned as champions, Marcelo Bielsa’s side find themselves in the midst of a four-match winning run. Recording yet another clean sheet at Elland Road earlier in the week, there is no doubt that the one-time Napoli boss will be hugely excited by his side’s stunning displays at the back. Comfortably holding the best defensive return in the Championship, Leeds have recorded three clean sheets on the bounce and will make the trip to Pride Park with their confidence at a red-hot high.

Bet: Leeds 11/10 to beat Derby County in Sunday’s Championship contest @ 888sport

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Dunstan


Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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