bet365 match odds: Leeds 17/20, Draw 29/10, Derby 100/30
Leeds United will look to tighten their loosening grip on top spot with victory over Derby County on Friday night.
Marcelo Bielsa's men will be hoping to return to winning ways and avoid a third successive league defeat and a fourth loss on the bounce in all competitions.
The Whites come into this clash still smarting from Saturday's 2-1 FA Cup third round defeat at Queens Park Rangers.
The hosts will be desperate to halt their mini slump, the worst run of Bielsa’s reign.
Meanwhile, Derby will have their tails up going into this clash, buoyed by a 2-2 come-from- behind draw last time out as they earned themselves an FA Cup third round replay at Southampton.
The Rams will be hoping the resilience they displayed against Southampton and in the 4-3 win at Norwich City two weeks ago, will stand them in good stead against Leeds and for the promotion challenge on the whole.
The reverse fixture in August 2018 was instantly forgettable for Frank Lampard, whose charges were handed a 4-1 thrashing on the new manager’s home debut.
Since then the Rams dusted themselves down and inserted themselves into the promotion narrative.
Lampard’s men are on a three-match unbeaten run. They are six points off the automatic promotion places and eight adrift of Leeds United.
This Friday night fixture is an opportunity for Leeds United and Derby County to steal a march on rivals ahead of a full raft of Championship fixtures on Saturday.
Leeds United will be without as many as 10 players through a combination of injuries, suspensions and departures.
Liam Baker, who has returned to parent club Chelsea, is one of the absentees who include Geatano Berardi, Stuart Dallas, Barry Douglas, Jamal Blackman, Pablo Hernandez and Patrick Bamford.
Kalvin Phillips misses out through suspension, but captain Liam Cooper is back in contention after overcoming his injury problems.
Derby midfielder and joint-top scorer Harry Wilson is doubtful for the trip to Elland Road.
The Liverpool loanee will be assessed for the injury which caused him to miss the FA Cup tie with Southampton.
Scott Malone is back in the frame after a four-match absence due to a groin injury.
Mason Bennett is back in training, but the match comes too soon for the striker.
Draw @ 29/10 bet365
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