Leeds United face Derby County in the Championship at the weekend for the first time since last season’s epic play-off semi-final at Elland Road.
Leeds won three out of their four games against Derby last season, but the Rams produced an incredible comeback to win the second leg of the semi-final at Elland Road to reach the final against Aston Villa at Wembley.
However, the Rams have made a slow start to the current campaign under new manager Phillip Cocu, drawing four of their opening seven games.
Derby are currently 19th in the Championship table and are without a league win since their opening game of the season against Huddersfield.
Former Derby midfielder Robbie Savage has delivered his prediction for game at Elland Road on Saturday lunchtime and has backed Leeds to come away with the three points.
“I think Leeds will beat Derby. And I wouldn’t have said that last season,” Savage said on 606 on BBC Radio 5 Live (15/09).
“They haven’t got Frank Lampard, (Fikayo) Tomori, Mason Mount, or Harry Wilson and I think Derby are far weaker this season than last. While Leeds are stronger because they’ve had a pre-season under (Marcelo) Bielsa.”
Leeds have made a positive start to the new season and returned to the top of the Championship table on goal difference with a 2-0 win over Barnsley at the weekend.
I agree with Savage here. I think Leeds will continue their momentum with another three points against Derby at the weekend.
Leeds have got so much quality in attack and I think they’ll easily create enough chances to win the game on Saturday lunchtime.
Derby are a good side though and even though they’ve lost some of their key players from last season, they’ve still got some very talented players in their squad.
It’ll be a tough game for them at the weekend, but the players can take a lot of confidence from what happened at Elland Road in the play-offs last season – although I still think Leeds will come out on top.