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The Big Match Preview: Leeds United (A)

The Whites
vs.
The Rams

Elland Road

09/04/2012

15:00

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


Writer:RobB
Date:Sunday April 8 2012
Time: 3:52PM

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