Article by Simon Long @ramswriter
Derby welcome Leeds United to Pride Park for Championship game number two of the season. Both teams face each other off the back of victories. Leeds convincingly beat Stoke City 3-1 last Sunday at Elland Road. Whilst it took last second heroics from Tom Lawrence to give Derby a 2-1 victory away at Reading.
Both teams have new men at the helms. Derby of course have footballing legend Frank Lampard, and Leeds have the vastly experienced, former Argentina manager Marcelo Bielsa. Both managers like to play an attacking, energetic, high press style of play. This was clear to see last week as Leeds breezed past Stoke, but Derby on the other hand were a bit slow and methodical for the majority of the game against Reading. They did show signs of the way Lampard wants to play in the second half, and did look a big threat.
The last time the two teams met at Pride Park, they played out an entertaining 2-2 draw. Lassoga gave Leeds the lead after 34 minutes but Andreas Weimann cancelled it out with a goal in first half stoppage time. Alioski restored the lead for Leeds with 11 minutes to play, but Kasey Palmer scored a 92nd minute equaliser to secure a point for the Rams.
Derby have just ended a busy transfer window which saw them bring in 9 new faces. Will Lampard look to bring in any of the new faces or will he stick with the team that faced Reading? He could look to in striker Martyn Waghorn to replace David Nugent, and possibly bring George Evans in for Joe Ledley. This could depend on the fitness of Tom Huddlestone. There was a balance missing last week against Reading, so Lampard will have to address this. Lampard is looking to play out from the back and anyone watching the game last week could see a couple of players struggled with this. New signing Fikayo Tomori is a centre back who is comfortable playing the ball out from the back, he could potentially replace Richard Keogh.
Leeds have added five men to their squad and that is left back Barry Douglas, who arrived from Wolves. Goalkeeper Jamal Blackman and Midfielder Lewis Baker both arrived from Chelsea and winger Jack Harrison arrived on loan from Manchester City. Former Derby County loanee Patrick Bamford also joins Leeds from Middlesborough. Bielsa will more then likely use the same team that were rampant in their beating of Stoke City. He may decide to start Bamford who has always proved to be a thorn in Derby’s side.
In the last 10 games at Pride Park between the two teams, Derby have won 8, drawn 1 and lost 1. I expect goals tomorrow as there has been an average of 2.5 goals. Both teams will look to attack so both sets of fans should be in for a real treat of a game.