Graphic: Why Uwe Rosler should select this Leeds United XI versus Derby County

Leeds United will travel to the iPro Stadium on Saturday for their Championship clash with Derby County.

Leeds United and Derby County will go into Saturday's game looking for their first win of the season after drawing their first four Championship matches. 

Derby, being the home side, are made heavy favourites to win the televised clash at the weekend, but Uwe Rosler has proven in the past that he knows how to get a result out of the East Midlands side. 

We take a look at how the former Wigan Athletic manager should set his Leeds side up for the game against the Rams, and why. 

Back five:

Rosler seems to be happy with his backline and won't feel pressured into changing it purely because of Derby's attacking personnel. 

Sol Bamba and Liam Cooper are likely to keep their place in the heart of defence, with Gaetano Berardi and Charlie Taylor either side. 

All four should expect a difficult afternoon as Derby head coach Paul Clement is likely to play an attacking 4-4-2 formation, with Johnny Russell, Tom Ince, Darren Bent and Chris Martin all focused on getting at the Leeds backline. 


Due to the nature of both Ince and Russell, who will both attack relentlessly down each channel and swap wings constantly, Rosler should look at keeping Byram deep on the right and addressing Cook to keep an eye on Derby's right side of the pitch. 

The idea would be to keep the dangerous Stuart Dallas in a more attacking position, so Leeds can apply the counter attacking quickly on the Rams. 

Derby's midfield will ensure they have the lion's share of possession, so Rosler will need to look at a counter attacking game plan should he gain all three points from their match at the weekend. 


Chris Wood will be up against it, likely playing against an in-form Jason Shackell and Richard Keogh, so will need to throw his weight around up front and get the ball down to forward runners like Mirco Antenucci and Dallas. 

Rosler may not get the slick attacking play that he will want to see from his side in the future, but an effective, direct approach could be his best method in this particular game. 

Dallas will be hoping to get the better of Derby's right-back, most likely to be captain Chris Baird, with his pace and create a lot of crossing opportunities. 

Byram could be tasked with keeping an eye on attacking left-back Craig Forsyth, but should look to get in behind him when the former Watford man is caught higher up the pitch. 

The main for the Leeds attacking unit will be to get the ball into the box as much as possible, while Derby huff and puff in possession to struggle to create more clear cut opportunities with their play. 

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