Derby County will be aiming for the first blood in the two-legged Championship playoff semi-final match as they host Leeds United in Leg-1 at iPro Stadium (Pride Park Stadium).
DER vs LU Dream11 MATCH PREVIEW:
Derby County had to wait till the last day of the Championship to secure a place in the playoffs. And boy they did, winning 3-1 against West Brom at Pride Park Stadium.
With the win, they moved to sixth on the table and shrugged off the competition from Middlesbrough who finished only one point behind them on the table.
Their opponents Leeds United had no such problems for they spent the whole season in the top-six. But their final position is still a disappointment. That said because Leeds topped the table at Christmas and had a good enough lead to remain at the top place.
The Championship playoffs semifinal first leg match will be played between Derby County and Leeds United at iPro Stadium (Pride Park Stadium), in Derby, England. The ground has a capacity of 33,597.
The game will start at 09:45 PM (IST), on Saturday, May 11.
Jio has the exclusive rights to broadcast Championship playoffs matches in India. Premier members can also enjoy the live action on the official Jio Tv App.
Recent form (Last six matches)
Derby County – W D W W D W
Leeds United – W W L L D L
Injured – Derby could be without as many as five players for the first leg with Ashley Cole, Ikechi Anya, Craig Bryson, Craig Forsyth, and Curtis Davies all missing out on this match with an injury.
Suspended – None.
Doubtful – Duane Holmes and Martyn Waghorn are both carrying knock and will be monitored ahead of this match.
Note: Midfielder Tom Lawrence avoided an FA Cup ban for the diving simulation and is available for selection in this game.
Probable XI: Roos (GK), Bogle, Keogh, Tomori, Malone, Holmes, Johnson, Wilson, Mount, Lawrence, Waghorn
Injured – Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa confirmed in his press conference that Tyler Roberts will be missing the match through an injury. The 20-year-old striker joins Ezgjan Alioski and Barry Douglas on the sideline.
Suspended – Patrick Bamford will serve the last of his two-game ban here in the first leg.
Doubtful – Pontus Jansson is suffering from an ankle problem and will be monitored before the game.
Note: Tom Huddlestone, George Evans, and Duane Holmes are all pushing for a start in the midfield.
Probable XI: Casilla (GK), Ayling, Jansson, Cooper, Dallas, Phillips, Hernandez, Klich, Forshaw, Harrison, Roofe
Potential Game Changers: Top fantasy picks and the points earned in the last few games
Kemar Roofe – 9
Tom Lawrence – 2.5, 12
Harry Wilson – 2.5, 2.5
Mason Mount – 7.5, 12
Pablo Hernandez – 14, 13.5
Luke Ayling – 9.5, 3.5
Stats and facts:
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Harry Wilson: The Wales international came through the ranks at Liverpool and was shipped to Derby County on-loan ahead of the 2018-19 Championship season. He has been phenomenal, to say the least, leading the goalscoring charts for his team.
Here are some stats from the 2018-19 season:
Watch out for his free kicks:
On-Loan Chelsea midfielder, Mason Mount is a typical box-to-box midfielder. His tackling and interception and the late runs to the box make him a true asset to the team.
Other options for captaincy:
Pablo Hernandez. The 34-year-old veteran has contributed with 12 goals and as many assists this season.
DER vs LU Dream11 FANTASY TEAM:
DER vs LU Dream11 potential winner:
Leeds United did the double over Derby County in the league and will definitely start the season as favorites.