Derby County will go head-to-head with Leeds United in the Sky Bet Championship play-off semi-finals, with a trip to Wembley and a shot at Premier League football at stake for the victors.
The two sides have endured pretty different seasons, but it’s the Rams who carry the momentum going into this weekend’s clash with the Whites at Pride Park.
Frank Lampard’s men will be hoping that their final day 3-1 win over West Bromwich Albion will give them real momentum going into the encounter with Marcelo Bielsa’s side, beating Bristol City and Middlesbrough in the race to finish in the top six.
Leeds, meanwhile, have embarked on a hugely disappointing run of form of late – just one win in their last five games has practically handed Sheffield United the final automatic promotion spot, with the Whites looking to gather momentum, and fast.
It is likely to be a cagey affair between two very good footballing sides, that have been embroiled in severe controversy off the pitch this term.
But the game is played on grass, so edges it over the course of the season? We take a look in this FLW Duel…
The first meeting between the two sides came right at the start of the campaign, where Marcelo Bielsa’s men displayed a huge statement of intent in only the second game of the season.
Goals from Kemar Roofe (2), Mateusz Klich and Gjanni Alioski secured a magnificent 4-1 win against the Rams, who were unable to get back into the game after Tom Lawrence’s early strike.
The “Spygate” saga dominated the headlines before their second meeting of the season, which came in early January at Elland Road – goals from Roofe and Jack Harrison secured a comfortable 2-0 victory over Lampard’s side, with Leeds completing the double over the Rams.
So, in terms of the season so far, Leeds edge it having defeated Derby twice in two games. But, given how impressive they have been at home this season and their opposition’s run of form since the two wins, Derby have every right to feel confident going into this one.