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Derby have dominated this fixture for the last 10 years, but with Lewis Cook back in contention following his suspension, can Leeds United spoil the Rams weekend?

Derby County's Thomas Ince in action at Birmingham City last weekend
Derby County's Thomas Ince in action at Birmingham City last weekend
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Both Leeds United and Derby County have had indifferent starts to the season. The only two sides to have recorded four successive league draws. Derby came from behind last Friday to secure a 1-1 draw against an unbeaten Birmingham side, whilst Leeds overcame a first half deficit to earn a draw against local rivals Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road.

Looking back at the head-to-head statistics over the last ten years for these two teams, it doesn't look pretty for the Elland Road faithful. Leeds have recorded a paltry two wins in fifteen meetings, whilst Derby have managed eleven, ten of those consecutively. There have been two draws.

28 Sep 2005 Leeds United 3-1 Derby County Championship
11 Feb 2006 Derby County 0-0 Leeds United Championship
09 Dec 2006 Leeds United 0-1 Derby County Championship
06 May 2007 Derby County 2-0 Leeds United Championship
11 Nov 2008 Derby County 2-1 Leeds United Carling Cup
07 Aug 2010 Leeds United 1-2 Derby County Championship
12 Apr 2011 Derby County 2-1 Leeds United Championship
26 Dec 2011 Derby County 1-0 Leeds United Championship
09 Apr 2012 Leeds United 0-2 Derby County Championship
08 Dec 2012 Derby County 3-1 Leeds United Championship
01 Apr 2013 Leeds United 1-2 Derby County Championship
05 Oct 2013 Derby County 3-1 Leeds United Championship
03 May 2014 Leeds United 1-1 Derby County Championship
29 Nov 2014 Leeds United 2-0 Derby County Championship
30 Dec 2014 Derby County 2-0 Leeds United Championship

Leeds United v Derby County: Last 10 Years Head-to-Head

(Stats: www.11v11.com)

History aside for a moment; the Rams this season have looked a shadow of the side which sat at the top of Championship for a good portion of last year. Leeds, at least on paper, look stronger than last year under Uwe Rosler having added strength over the summer.

Lewis Cook is back in contention for Leeds after his three match ban for a straight red card against Doncaster in the League Cup, giving Uwe more options in midfield.

Chris Wood will be hoping he can continue where he left off after scoring Leeds' equaliser at the weekend.

The history books will tell you it should be a routine win for Derby, and no doubt they will start as favourites in this contest, but if every game went to form I would be writing this from a beach in the Bahamas at the bookmakers expense.

With the quality and attacking prowess Leeds possess, and solidity at the back, there is still every chance they can nick all three points, providing they can contain Thomas Ince and Darren Bent.

It's always a near full house at the iPro Stadium when Leeds United come to town, and this should make for a cracking atmosphere and an thrilling contest.