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The Big Match Preview: Leeds United (H)

Leeds United provide the opposition for the hotly-anticipated Boxing Day clash at Pride Park.

Following the 2-1 home vicroty over Bristol City, a much-needed shot in the arm, Nigel Clough's Derby succumbed to Ipswich with a controversial 0-1 defeat at Portman Road.

The last time The Rams met Leeds, Derby ran out 2-1 winners with a Ben Davies screamer the difference between the sides. In fact, the last three meeting with Simon Grayson's team have ended up as 2-1 wins for The Rams.

Here's hoping for a bit of Christmas cheer and the continuation of that run.

Vital Quotes:

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The Rams Team News:

Rams midfielder Jeff Hendrick is out with suspected ligament damage, with Paul Green tipped to come back into midfield, meaning John Brayford will return to right-back.

Leading scorer Theo Robinson will be back in the squad and Nathan Tyson should also be involved.

Player to watch: Jamie Ward

Ward is the most creative outlet at Pride Park by some distance, at the moment.

He scored the equaliser against Leeds last season.

The Whites Team News:

Andy Lonergan and Alex McCarthy are battling it out for a place in the Leeds United goal.

Ross McCormack, Andy Keogh and Luciano Becchio are in the frame for Leeds' two striking spots.

Player to watch: Ross McCormack

Striker McCormack has hot and cold spells in front of goal, but when he is on song, he is capable of scoring spectacular goals.

Afer a barren spell last season following his move from Cardiff City, he is flying and is one of the division's danger men.

Match Facts & Stats

Derby County last 5:

Ipswich Town (a) 0-1

Bristol City (h) 2-1

Crystal Palace (a) 1-1

Brighton & Hove Albion (h) 0-1

West Ham United (a) 1-3

Leeds United last 5:

Reading (h) 0-1

Watford (a) 1-1

Millwall (h) 2-0

Nottingham Forest (a) 4-0

Barnsley (h) 1-2

Next Fixtures:

Derby County vs. West Ham United, Sat 31st December, 13:00pm, The Championship

The Journalist

Writer: RobB Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday December 25 2011

Time: 4:26PM


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