Leeds United vs Derby County - Free Betting Tips

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With Leeds struggling to retain their top spot in the Championship and with their opponents struggling to break through to those top positions, time is of the essence when it comes to this matchup. We have reached the point of the tournament where every contest is absolutely crucial and with that motivation, there’s a great chance we’ll see an inspired, passionate game of football right here. For more, check out the rest of our Leeds United vs Derby County preview.

Leeds United vs Derby County Best Odds

11. January 2019 | 19:45
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Leeds United win
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Derby County win
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Leeds win 2-0
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It probably won’t come as a surprise that the Leeds United vs Derby County best odds favour the current Championship front-runners. BetVictor are offering 3/4 (1.75) odds on a home side victory, making this a pretty safe bet. Despite trailing behind their opponent in the league table by five positions and eight points, Derby County still have decent odds of a victory, with 21Bet’s 10/3 (4.33) match odds making this a good medium-risk wager. Punters who want to back the favourites but increase their potential ROI can predict that Leeds will win by two goals and keep a clean sheet to take advantage of Ladbroke’s 17/2 (9.5) odds on a correct score prediction of 2-0.

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Leeds win 2-0
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Leeds United vs Derby County Betting Tips: Form Guide

Leeds United Cling Onto The Top Spot

The rise to the top of the 2018/19 Championship by Leeds United has been nothing short of astonishing. There’s little doubt that, were this a typical season for the team, the Leeds United vs Derby County betting tips for today would be much less confident in putting the home squad in the position of clear favourites.

They managed this through a series of energetic, positive and dominant performances designed at creating chances. However, with two recent losses and three contenders hot on their trail, their grip on the top spot is looking more vulnerable every single day. Throughout December and much of November, they embarked on a hard-fought winning streak, which concluded after an exciting set of 3-2 wins over Aston Villa and Blackburn, with late saves by Kemar Roofe being a key difference maker.

This all ended with a 2-0 loss to Hull. It was an unusual loss, as United – as pointed out by boss Marcelo Bielsa – played the same tactics as usual, only to find their rallying cries falling on deaf ears. Their defensive weaknesses were exposed and perhaps worst still, a fear that they had become too predictable suddenly emerged. These concerns have only worsened following a 4-2 loss to Nottingham Forest. While still underdogs, a Derby win does look more possible than it did weeks ago.

Derby County Look To Break Through To The Top Positions

Derby have scratched, fought and clawed their way up the Championship game by game. However, they haven’t always got the job done, and performance is not always reflected in points. The standings, after all, don’t care about the amount of effort expelled, only the bottom line.

Take December, for instance. Derby started off well enough with a brace by Wilson getting them the 2-1 win over Swansea, and they followed this up with a 1-0 struggle over Wigan. A couple of draws followed – a drab 0-0 stalemate to Nottingham and an exciting 1-1 draw against Bristol were very different games despite similar results. In fact, the former may be cause for many Leeds United vs Derby County match previews to reconsider their verdicts. Derby looked very strong against Nottingham, a team that recently bested United, with many feeling that the match was Derby’s to win.

Few positives can be taken from their 3-1 loss to Sheffield United. However, that loss was almost immediately erased from the minds of fans thanks to their absolutely astonishing 4-3 win over Norwich City. It is little surprise then that their follow up 1-1 draw against Middlesbrough seemed dull in comparison.

A see-saw season with plenty of excitement, Derby will need to be at their best to beat league leaders Leeds this Friday.

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The Last Five Games

Leeds United VS. Derby County

  • Leeds United Form 2 wins, 3 losses in the last 5 matches
  • Leeds United Goals 9 goals in the last 5 matches
  • Derby County Form 1 win, 3 draws, 1 loss in the last 5 matches
  • Derby County Goals 9 goals in the last 5 matches
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Leeds United vs Derby County Preview: Recent Meetings

The last several games between these two, dating back until about 2013, have seen them pretty much come out of their contests neck-and-neck. Considering that these matches are as recent as 2018, this can be considered evidence that some Leeds United vs Derby County betting tips may be a little hasty in counting the latter team out.

Nonetheless, Leeds did pick up the last win with an overwhelming 4-1 victory. However, before that, we saw them go 2-2 in the same year and Derby won in 2017. As we mentioned, they pretty much traded wins, losses and draws evenly for the last five years, with a single victory by Leeds separating them.

Looking further back, Derby had United’s number, with Leeds failing to get a single victory between 2006 and 2013, a period which covers 11 games. Despite that, we think the recent 4-1 victory still gives United a slight advantage here.

Leeds United vs Derby County Prediction: Hard-Fought Leeds Win

The recent losses by United make this a much more interesting one to predict than it would have otherwise been, especially when you add into that equation the utterly brilliant win Derby County achieved over Norwich City. If Derby County manages to play like that on Friday, United will have to go to war to stop them.

However, let’s take a step back for a moment. Realistically, a couple of losses by the league leaders is nowhere near enough to discredit their abilities. Also, a single brilliant – and it really was exceptional – performance by Derby does not change the fact that their usual standards don’t generally hit those highs. That’s not a knock on Derby – few teams could consistently reach that level of play – but to frame this as the best of Derby against the worst of Leeds is unlikely to be the reality.

What we think is more likely is that the consistency of Leeds overwhelms the fire of Derby. Therefore, our Leeds United vs Derby County prediction is that United come away with a very hard-fought victory to cling onto their promotional aspirations

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