Saturday’s Football League action commences with a highly-anticipated game between Derby County and Leeds United – two sides who have drawn their opening four games.The Rams and the Whites meet at the iPro Stadium for a 12:05pm kick-off, with Sky Sports screening the match live.
Breaking the trend?
Derby have proven to be a tough obstacle for Leeds to break down in recent times, with the Rams dominating the fixture over the past years.
Leeds’ 2-0 win over Derby at Elland Road last season is their only victory in the last 14 meetings between the pair.
It's also 13 years since Leeds last won away at Derby, and breaking their hoodoo on Saturday could be a tough feat.
Although the Rams are yet to collect three points this season, they remain unbeaten in the league and have shown signs of promise, as Paul Clement starts to put his stamp on the team.
Derby were impressive against Birmingham City in their most recent outing, and also managed 27 shots in a 1-1 draw with Charlton Athletic earlier in the month.
Leeds, though, have been resilient under Uwe Rosler and go into the match with a record which is identical to that of their weekend hosts.
The Whites have drawn all four of their Sky Bet Championship fixtures to date, but they may feel that they should have more points on the board having let advantages slip, including two goals late on against Bristol City.
Three on the spin?
Derby boss Paul Clement has a wealth of riches to pick from in the attacking positions, with the likes of Tom Ince, Andreas Weimann, Chris Martin, Johnny Russell and Darren Bent all offering creativity and clinical finishing.
So far it is Russell who leads the club’s scoring charts, having hit equalisers against Middlesbrough and Birmingham, and the Scottish winger has already announced his intentions to hit the back of the net for three games running.
“I want to keep the goals coming now I’ve got some momentum,” Russell said to Derby’s official site.
“I hope I can get another one on Saturday and help us to our first three points as well, that would be perfect.”
Whether Russell will get his wish remains to be seen, but with two unbeaten teams gunning for their first three points, it looks set to be a cracker at the iPro.
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