Predicted Derby County line-up to face Leeds United in the Championship
Derby County’s Frank Lampard and Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United – the two new Championship bosses, go head to head at Pride Park on Saturday, with both men looking to add to last weekend’s victories over Reading and Stoke City respectively.
Tom Lawrence’s stoppage-time header gave Frank Lampard his first managerial win in a 2-1 victory over Reading in the Championship curtain-raiser.
Lampard will hope his team gets a positive result against Leeds on Saturday in what is expected to be a mouthwatering clash at Pride Park.
Lampard will have a full-strength squad to pick his starting XI on Saturday, barring Marcus Olsson, who is currently out injured. Chris Martin continued to build his fitness by playing against Sheffield Wednesday and Jack Marriott, one of manager Frank Lampard’s new signings, scored in a 2-1 victory in an under-23 friendly played behind closed doors on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the game against Leeds could be too early for new signings Martyn Waghorn, Scott Malone and Fikayo Tomori.
Probable Derby County XI
Manager: Frank Lampard
Scott Carson (GK)
Carson has been one of Derby’s most consistent players ever since he arrived and there’s no reason why he should not start against Leeds.
Andre Wisdom (RB)
Andre Wisdom will be expected to carry on at right-back for the Leeds game.
Richard Keogh (CB)
Richard Keogh will have to be on top form to keep the Leeds attackers at bay.
Curtis Davies (CB)
The same applies for the skipper Curtis Davies, who was simply excellent last season.
Max Lowe (LB)
Max Lowe is a promising young left-back who can excel at the highest level, provided he keeps the injuries away.
Joe Ledley (CDM)
Starting at the base of midfield should be Joe Ledley. The Welshman possesses a terrific engine, works equally hard in defence as well as in the attack, and compensates for his lack of pace with his understanding of the game.
Craig Bryson (RCM)
Needs to improve to get back to his best but on his day, Bryson is one of the best box-to-box midfielders in the division.
Mason Mount (LCM)
Mount equalised against Reading and will be hoping to continue his good form as the season progresses.
Tom Lawrence (LW)
Lawrence scored a sensational winner in the injury time against Reading that gave Lampard a winning start on his managerial debut. The Wales international has proved himself to be a good player in the Championship and is a definite starter against Leeds.
Harry Wilson (RW)
Wilson is regarded as one of the best young players owned by Liverpool. He is highly-rated at Anfield and after a fine spell on loan at Hull last season, Wilson is expected to bring creativity and dynamism to Derby’s attack this term.
David Nugent (ST)
David Nugent is expected to lead the Rams’ attack at the weekend. The experienced forward has found the back of the net regularly and for an anticipated high-intensity clash, it would be a safe bet to go with Nugent rather than throwing Jack Marriott in.