Leeds United v Derby County – team news

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LEEDS UNITED head coach Neil Redfearn has made one change to his starting line-up for this afternoon’s game with Championship leaders Derby County at Elland Road, with captain Jason Pearce dropped to the bench.

Giuseppe Bellusci has taken his place in the heart of the United back four, with the captain’s armband going to Stephen Warnock.

Other than that, the line-up is unchanged from the side who started the game at Blackburn Rovers seven ago, with Rudy Austin having to settle for a place on the bench.

Derby, unbeaten in 12 matches against Leeds, with the remarkable sequence featuring 11 wins, make one change from the side who triumphed at Watford last weekend, with keeper Lee Grant restored to the side after recovering from injury.

Loan custodian Jack Butland, who spent a spell at United last season, has returned to parent club Stoke City.

Leeds: Silvestri, Byram, Bellusci, Cooper, Warnock, Bianchi, Cook, Doukara, Adryan, Mowatt, Antenucci. Substitutes: S Taylor, Berardi, Pearce, Tonge, Dawson, Austin, Sharp.

Derby: Grant; Christie, Keogh, Shotton, Forsyth; Mascarell, Hughes, Hendrick; Russell, Ibe, Martin. Substitutes: Roos, Buxton, Bryson, Eustace, Coutts, Dawkins, Thomas.

Today’s referee is Mick Russell.

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