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Derby County will be hopeful of securing for themselves a play-off position at the very least at the close of the campaign, however they remain in with a chance of finishing in the top-two. Wolves have top-spot all but sewn-up, however second-placed Cardiff City sit a mere three points above Derby and had Gary Rowett's men managed victory at Sheffield Wednesday in last week's outing, they would be sitting as runners-up thanks to their superior goal-difference.

As it turned out, the Rams suffered their first defeat in thirteen league games with Lucas Joao scoring a brace for the home side, however Rowett will be confident that his side can respond in style after having a week to recover from that disappointment.

Leeds United have stumbled through another turbulent campaign so far and while in the earlier stages of the season it looked as though they would be mounting a serious promotion challenge, a poor run of form has seen the Whites drop out of the play-off places and this resulted in the sacking of Thomas Christiansen and the appointment of Paul Heckingbottom from Barnsley.

The former Tykes boss won't be best pleased at the dismal start he has made at Elland Road. A 2-1 defeat to Sheffield United was followed by a 2-2 draw with Bristol City last time out and Leeds now sit twelfth in the Championship table. Can the new manager grab his first win as Leeds boss tonight? The /free-bets go 19/5 that he can.

This should prove to be a pretty tight affair with Heckingbottom in no doubt as to the strength of the home side. As such, he will likely adopt a defensive approach this evening and this, coupled with Derby's struggles going forward, will likely result in a low-scoring encounter. Leeds are certainly lacking in confidence at the moment and Derby will be desperate to bounce back from last week's disappointment. With home advantage, the Rams should do enough to edge their way past the Whites tonight although we're not exactly expecting a goal-fest and a single goal will likely prove the difference between the sides.

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