Leeds United make a short trip to face Rotherham United on Friday night, aiming to secure a victory that will help close the gap on the top two spots in the Championship standings.
In contrast, Rotherham is struggling, sitting four points adrift of safety and currently without a manager after parting ways with Matt Taylor.
Under Daniel Farke’s guidance, Leeds has shown attacking prowess, scoring three or more goals in five of their last 14 matches across all competitions.
The team secured notable victories against Leicester City and Plymouth Argyle, with a 1-0 win over league leaders Leicester and control over the Plymouth game, despite conceding late.
Although Leeds is attempting to narrow the gap on the top two teams, their away form has been inconsistent, having lost three of their eight away games this season.
On the other hand, Rotherham faces uncertainty with an interim management team after Taylor’s dismissal following a heavy 5-0 defeat to Watford, despite a commendable 2-2 draw with Ipswich earlier.
Rotherham United Championship form: D W L D D L
Leeds United Championship form: W W L W W W
Rotherham is likely to see several changes, with Cafu expected to replace the injured Sam Clucas in midfield. Daniel Ayala could feature in defense, and Georgie Kelly might return in attack.
Leeds’ Junior Firpo is set to replace the injured Sam Byram at left-back, and Ethan Ampadu, after representing Wales, will need to be assessed for fitness. Luke Ayling may be called in as an alternative, potentially moving Archie Gray into midfield.
Lembikisa, Peltier, Morrison, Ayala, Revan;
Rathbone, Tiehi, Cafu;
Gray, Rodon, Cooper, Firpo;
James, Piroe, Summerville;
Prediction: Rotherham United 1-4 Leeds United
Despite the local derby scenario and Rotherham possibly playing with a sense of freedom, Leeds is expected to continue their recent run of form and secure a convincing win, maintaining the pressure on teams ahead of them in the standings.