Derby v Leeds preview: Championship clash live on Sky Sports Football
Last Updated: 21/02/18 6:38pm
Derby midfielder George Thorne will return to contention for the home game against Leeds, live on Sky Sports Football from 7.40pm on Wednesday.
Thorne missed the recent defeat at Sheffield Wednesday due to a back problem, but has returned to training and will be included in the squad.
Boss Gary Rowett has no new injury or suspension problems, while goalkeeper Jonathan Mitchell is back in training after recovering from a broken finger. Striker Sam Winnall (knee) and midfielder Jamie Hanson (groin) both remain sidelined.
Leeds will be boosted by the return of three players as Samuel Saiz, Gaetano Berardi and Liam Cooper have all served their suspensions. Midfielder Saiz has completed a six-game ban, while defenders Berardi and Cooper have missed the last two and four matches respectively.
January signing Tyler Roberts has yet to make his debut for the club and remains sidelined due to a shin injury. Luke Ayling is still recovering from ankle surgery and fellow defender Conor Shaughnessy is out with a similar problem.
Derby have won eight of their last nine home matches in all competitions against Leeds, losing the other 2-1 in August 2015.
Since relegation from the Premier League in 2004, Leeds have lost 13 league matches against Derby; only losing as many against Cardiff (also 13).
The Rams lost last time out versus Sheffield Wednesday - they haven't lost consecutive Championship games since February 2017 under Steve McClaren.
Leeds are winless in four Championship away games (D1 L3), this after winning the previous three in a row.
Derby's recent form might be starting to concern Gary Rowett. A few weeks ago they looked hot favourites to finish second behind Wolves, but only one win in five has allowed Cardiff and Aston Villa to climb back above them.
Leeds will be feeling good after that late comeback against Bristol City, but draws aren't good enough for them if they're going to get anywhere near the top six again. Both teams have to go for this one, and I'm backing an entertaining draw.
David Prutton predicts: 2-2 (16/1 with Sky Bet)