Leeds United take on Derby County tonight, hoping to book themselves a place in the Championship play-off final with Aston Villa.
Speaking after the Aston Villa v West Brom semi-final on Sky Sports (14/05/2019), pundits Liam Rosenior and Keith Andrews had their say on the clash.
Leeds go into the game as favourites, following a 1-0 win at Derby at the weekend. However, Rosenior is not sure that is a good thing. He feels that Leeds, at times, have struggled when playing as the favourites.
“Leeds are clear favourites. I don’t know if that’s a good or bad thing. When Leeds really struggle (they’re the favourites). Wigan at home? They’ll look back to that game as a key game. Derby a team with talented players with nothing to lose.
“But what I have to say, Leeds were by far the better team in the first-leg.”
Andrews, on the other hand, is more concerned about the potential impact Kemar Roofe’s absence may have on Marcelo Bielsa’s plans.
“Roofe, if he is injured, is going to be a major loss. Bamford may be a better finisher, but for all-round style of play Roofe is the main man for Leeds.”
Leeds have certainly had their struggles as favourites recently. Losses against Wigan, Brentford and Ipswich Town saw their hopes of automatic promotion fall apart. The fact Roofe is expected to miss the game with a calf problem is clearly a bigger loss for Leeds.
Bamford is an excellent finisher, but with Roofe at his best at the weekend, Leeds looked to be back to their impressive form from the start of the season.
Leeds are clear favourites going into the game. They have a 1-0 advantage and have defeated Derby three times already this season.
But considering their recent record when considered favourites and the absence of Roofe, Leeds will still have a massive task on their hands tonight.