Derby County face Leeds United in the second leg of their Championship play-off semi-final at Elland Road this evening, and will be looking to improve on their performance from the first leg.
Leeds dominated the first leg at Pride Park on Saturday evening and will go into the tonight’s game with a 1-0 advantage, thanks to Kemar Roofe’s second-half strike.
Derby manager Frank Lampard is expected to make changes to his starting XI, as his side look to set up a play-off final with Aston Villa at Wembley later this month.
Here are two tweaks that Lampard could make to his Derby starting XI against Leeds tonight…
Martyn Waghorn for David Nugent
Derby striker Martyn Waghorn missed the first leg at Pride Park with an Achilles injury and Lampard decided to give veteran striker David Nugent a chance up front, but he struggled to make an impact.
Waghorn has returned to training this week and Lampard is expected to make a late decision on whether the striker is fit enough to be involved for the second leg.
The striker has scored 13 goals for Derby this season and it would be a big boost for the Rams to have him back for the second leg.
Even if Waghorn is not fit to start, perhaps Lampard will consider making a chance up front anyway and give either Mason Bennet or Jack Marriott a chance.
Ashley Cole for Scott Malone
Ashely Cole has missed the last five matches for Derby with a groin injury, but the left-back returned to training earlier this week and could be involved for the second leg.
Scott Malone struggled at left-back during the first leg against Leeds and perhaps Lampard will decide to go for the experience of Cole for the second leg.
Cole is an extremely experienced player and knows exactly what it takes to win the big matches. If he is involved, he will be a big influence both on the pitch and in the dressing room.Like what the FLW have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!