UK time is: 19:17:41
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

The Whites vs. The Rams

Elland Road

09/04/2012

15:00

The Big Match Preview: Leeds United (A)

After two draws in a row, the Rams have the chance to consolidate their top half place with a trip to old rivals Leeds United.

Derby have a superb record over the Yorkshire outfit in recent years, having chalked up six consecutive victories, three on home soil and three at Elland Road.

To make it four at the home of The Whites would be a superb achievement, especially as Neil Warnock's side will be desperate to notch their first win at home since the former QPR manager took charge.

Vital Quotes:

Rams coach Jonny Metgod believes Derby should have no problems getting prepared for the Leeds United game: 'It is not going to be difficult at all; you can see from these players that they love playing football and that is what they want to do.

'I cannot see any reason for a football player not to enjoy playing two games in three days.

'Thinking back to when I was a player, I would rather play than have to train, so if I could play two games in three days I would absolutely love it.

'I am sure that everybody in our squad is thinking along the same lines because they like and enjoy playing football.'

The Whites Team News:

Ex-Ram Paul Connolly and fellow defender Darren O'Dea could return to the Leeds side after suspension.

Zac Thompson and Adam Clayton are both out through suspension, however.

Player to watch: Robert Snodgrass

Scottish winger Snodgrass spends half of his time whining at the officials and his own teammates but is an excellent player and has been linked with a move to a Premier League club.

As well as being a winger with an eye for goal, he can provide deadly set pieces and takes up excellent positions for his side.

The Rams Team News:

Steve Davies may return to the squad after a sickness bug kept him out of the Ipswich game.

He may take young striker Mason Bennett's place on the bench.

Player to watch: Jamie Ward

Having made a surprise return to action against Ipswich, it would be a surprise if Ward didn't play a part at Elland Road.

He looked a little rusty at the weekend but still played well and looked dangerous, making darting runs and playing intelligent passes.

Match Facts & Stats

Derby County last 5:

Ipswich Town (h) 0-0

Bristol City (a) 1-1

Crystal Palace (h) 3-2

Brighton & Hove Albion (a) 0-2

Doncaster Rovers (a) 2-1



Leeds United last 5:

Reading (a) 0-2

Watford (h) 0-2

Millwall (a) 1-0

Nottingham Forest (h) 3-7

West Ham United (h) 1-1

Next Fixtures:

Derby County vs. Middlesbrough, Sat 14th April, 15:00pm, The Championship




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!

The Journalist

Writer: RobB Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday April 8 2012

Time: 3:52PM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Articles

Thorne Could Return (Wednesday April 23 2014)

Rams Will Keep Going (Tuesday April 22 2014)

Stats: Derby County v Barnsley (Monday April 21 2014)

Thorne Happy With Strike (Monday April 21 2014)

McClaren - Buxton Deserves Award (Sunday April 20 2014)

Rams Secure Play-offs (Saturday April 19 2014)

Archived Articles

List All Vital Derby Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. diddyram 2

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
1. Leicester City 44 29 9 6 +37 96
2. Burnley 44 25 14 5 +34 89
3. Derby County 44 24 9 11 +30 81
4. Q.P.R. 44 22 10 12 +15 76
5. Wigan 43 20 10 13 +15 70
6. Reading 44 18 13 13 +12 67
7. Brighton 44 17 15 12 +12 66

Breaking League News

DRFC Neill extends stay with Rovers
Doncaster : 23/04/2014 18:54:00
DRFC Rovers win Meite appeal
Doncaster : 23/04/2014 18:41:00
Fox Grabbing His Chance
Charlton : 23/04/2014 18:36:00
Do Us A Favour Or Two Ash!
Brighton : 23/04/2014 17:24:00
Rose Recalled
Barnsley : 23/04/2014 17:07:00
Match Day Poll: Birmingham Host Leeds
Birmingham : 23/04/2014 17:00:00
Everton Battle Arsenal And Spurs For Midfielder?
Charlton : 23/04/2014 16:16:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Who is your player of the season?
Suggested By:  MikeC
Lee Grant 1%
Andre Wisdom 0%
Richard Keogh 0%
Jake Buxton 16%
Craig Forsyth 0%
John Eustace 8%
Will Hughes 0%
Craig Bryson 50%
Jeff Hendrick 0%
Jamie Ward 0%
Simon Dawkins 0%
Chris Martin 25%
Johnny Russell 0%
Patrick Bamford 0%