Scott Carson says Derby know exactly what to expect from Leeds

Derby County's Scott Carson celebrates after the match

The former Whites goalkeeper will return to Elland Road on Friday night.

Derby County goalkeeper Scott Carson has told the club's official website that he and his teammates know exactly what they can expect from Garry Monk's Leeds United side in Friday night's clash at Elland Road.

Carson's Rams make the trip up to Yorkshire tonight for a battle between two playoff-chasing sides.

The clash also has some personal significance for Carson, who started his career at the Whites.

However, the then-teenager made just three senior appearances for Leeds before leaving for Liverpool in 2005.

Derby County's Scott Carson celebrates after the match

Now, 12 years on and at the age of 31, Carson is gearing up for his latest return to Elland Road.

The goalkeeper was part of the Derby team who beat Monk's side 1-0 at the iPro Stadium earlier this season, and he believes that the visitors will know exactly what to expect from the hosts tonight.

Carson told the Derby website: "Garry Monk has got them playing really well and are enjoying their best season for a while. You only have to think back to the game that we had a couple of months ago and how tough that was.

"It was our first home win of the season and our first since the gaffer came back. That was a big win for us. They hit the post in the last few minutes and had a couple of other chances. We know what to expect this time around too.

Derby County's Scott Carson

"I missed the game last year at Elland Road due to injury, but I am expecting that it’s going to be a great night. We have got a lot of confidence from the West Brom game. It’s not just from that, though. We have played well over the last 15 games and we have been on a great run."

With the Championship season now firmly into its second half, tonight;s clash has significant importance for both sides.

Leeds currently sit in fifth and could, temporarily at least, climb up to third with a win, whilst Derby are just two places and five points behind their opponents.

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