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A gamble on Wilson? 4-3-3? A look into Lampard’s mind as Derby head to Leeds…

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Derby County will be looking to get themselves a huge three points away at Leeds United this Friday night.

The reverse saw Leeds beat the Rams 4-1 at Pride Park but things have changed since then and there is a genuine chance of an away win against an injury-ravaged Whites team.

Frank Lampard has his own selection problems to deal with, though, so in our latest FLW In The Dugout piece we’re taking a look at how some of our writers think the Rams should set up…

George Dagless

The key headline about Derby’s team going into this one concerns Harry Wilson.

Frank Lampard has said that it’s touch and go but given his importance, the call will be made as late as possible – for me you take the risk given his big-game ability.

Elsewhere, I’d like to see Tom Lawrence start after his goal against Southampton and I just wonder whether Lampard will play two deeper midfielders to stop Leeds’ attacking threat.

Gary Hutchinson

There’s a thought Harry Wilson could miss out, but it’s touch and go. If he’s fit, he plays and that would leave Derby looking full-strength up top.

Jack Marriott and Kemar Roofe are two of the best finishers at this level and this game is as much about their battle as anywhere else.

Roofe will have a creaky-looking defence to break down. There’s got to be a question mark over Richard Keogh, his horrible touch against Southampton in the FA Cup led to the opener, but who else will play there?

Sam Rourke

I’d operate with Derby’s standard 4-3-3 formation, with the sole of aim of mainly utilising Derby’s pacey wingers to get behind Leeds’ backline.

Jozefzoon and Wilson (if fit) are crucial to this XI and can cause Leeds damage if they are on it.

I’d utilise George Evans in a deeper midfield role with Huddlestone and Mount slightly advanced to help support the frontline.

The back four would remain the same, Wisdom starting over Scott Malon due to his injury.


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