Derby County v Leeds United Betting Tip Derby County – 11 May 2019

Derby to make home advantage count

Championship Tips

EnglandDerby County v Leeds UnitedEngland
Saturday 11th May 1715hrs 
Football – England – Championship Playoffs
Pick Derby County
Bookmaker Marathon Bet
Odds: 111/50(odds taken 19.45GMT, Thursday 9th May)

Derby and Leeds are well known to each other and were involved in one of the biggest stories of the season – it bodes well for even more drama and entertainment when they clash twice in the space of four days.

Championship Playoffs Betting at Marathon Bet

Derby County Preview

It was an anxious afternoon for Derby last week but they held their nerve and were able to see off West Brom 3-1 to book their place in the end of season playoffs. It was a game they had to win against a top Championship side and the fact they were able to achieve that bodes well for what’s ahead of them. A month back it looked unlikely that the Rams would have enough to finish in the top six so they have to be commended for being able to take advantage of the slips of the teams around them, losing just one of their last 12 games and winning four of their last six games. Manager Frank Lampard has already stated that if he can lead his team up to the Premier League at the first time of asking it would rank as one of his highest achievements in his career, illustrating just how big a job he felt he had on his hands. That aim is now within touching distance, though, and for many of these players it will be a first experience of such a high-pressured occasion. That may sound ominous but for other than a select few players it also means they are not scarred by Derby’s recent failures in the playoffs, which has been their undoing in a quest to play top-flight football for the first time since 2008.


Derby 1-0 Correct Score



Leeds United Preview

When Leeds appointed Marcelo Bielsa as their manager last summer it was never going to be anything other than eventful, dramatic and absorbing. Nearing the end of his first season in football and it’s most certainly been all of those, and more. Bielsa has transformed this Leeds team and for long spells had them at the top of the table. His critics suggested early on in the campaign that his approach and style would see his players burnout in the latter stages and there may well be some truth in that, but they still have a great chance of winning promotion. A really late collapse in the league saw them lose three of their last four matches – essentially clearing a path for Yorkshire rivals Sheffield United to take second spot and avoid the playoffs. Bielsa now has to be able to lift his players ahead of Saturday’s game and hope that there is enough left in the tank to cope not only with the physical demands but also have the mentality required for what is a really emotive experience. The Elland Road club will have to do without striker Patrick Bamford for the first leg against Derby having been suspended for simulation against Aston Villa.


Key-Facts – Derby County v Leeds United

  • Derby only confirmed their playoff position on the final day whilst Leeds have been challenging for automatic promotion all season
  • The Rams have lost twice to Leeds this season but they have lost just one of their last 12 league games
  • Leeds collapsed in the last month of the season and may find it difficult to lift themselves for this massive game


Derby County v Leeds United Betting Advice

I alluded to these teams being no strangers to each other and it all stems from ‘spygate’ when Bielsa and Leeds were caught sending a staff member to oversee Derby’s training ahead of their most recent game. It erupted into a massive story and with Leeds copping a significant fine. They would have taken that, however, having won the match in question with considerable ease. Indeed, Leeds have won both meetings this season in resounding fashion – 2-0 at home in January and 4-1 away on the opening day of the season. A lot has happened since then though, and it’s a blank slate going into Saturday’s first leg.


Although Leeds finished nine points clear of Derby, it’s the visitors who come into this game in better form and will arguably be more confident. As ever with a team coached by Bielsa it will be interesting to see how they approach this one but if they are on their game then they are undoubtedly the best team in these playoffs – bit that is a big if at the moment. There’s often surprising and sometimes strange results thrown up in these games and whilst there’s an argument to be made for Leeds saving themselves for this tie over the last coupe of weeks, I think Derby have what it takes to take a lead with them to Elland Road next week.

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