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Predicted Derby County line-up v Leeds United: Liverpool attacker to start

Jordon Ibe

Predicted Derby County line-up to play Leeds United on Tuesday 30th December 2014 at 15:00. Venue: iPro Stadium, Derby.

Derby County will be looking to put the memories of an Elland Road horror show to bed on Tuesday evening when they take on Leeds United for the second time in as many months.

In November, the Rams travelled to West Yorkshire in good spirits following a run of positive results but were sent home with their tail between their legs thanks to a brace from Italian forward Mirco Antenucci.

Steve McClaren's side, who was considered heavy favourites for the match last month, failed to register a single shot on target in the encounter despite creating a number of opportunities in the final 20 minutes. 

Since then, Derby, despite being shaken by the result, have managed to maintain their good league form with wins against Brighton & Hove Albion and Birmingham City, an unfortunate draw against Norwich, and a disappointing defeat against Middlesbrough.

Meanwhile, Leeds have only been able to pick up a single point from a possible 12, which has left them 20th in the Championship table. 

Predicted Derby County line-up to play Leeds United:

Lee Grant

Cyrus Christie - Richard Keogh - Ryan Shotton - Craig Forsyth

John Eustace

Will Hughes - Jeff Hendrick

Jordon Ibe                                                         Johnny Russell

Chris Martin

Subs: Kelle Roos, Jake Buxton, Omar Mascarell, Paul Coutts, Simon Dawkins, Jamie Ward, Leon Best

Analysis: 

Jake Buxton and Jamie Ward should return to the squad, but the starting line-up for the Rams should remain unchanged after such a convincing win. 

In defence, Keogh and Shotton are likely to keep their place following a clean sheet in their 4-0 away win against Birmingham, but a returning Buxton will be chomping at the bit to get another chance so the duo will need to remain relatively error free throughout the game.

Eustace, who returned to the starting line-up for the Birmingham encounter, is likely to keep his place ahead of Omar Mascarell, who was largely bullied in the away match at Leeds. Hendrick and Hughes are likely to be chosen as the pair to sit in front of the former Watford man. 

Upfront, despite the return of Ward, the Rams should remain unchanged as all three got goals in their last game. Ibe, who netted the opener, had one of his strongest games in a Derby shirt to date, while Martin and Russell continued their fine form with great goals of their own. 

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