Derby County versus Leeds United is “almost certainly” going to be changed by Sky Sports, according to The Athletic journalist Phil Hay.
As it stands, the showdown at Pride Park is due to take place on Saturday, July 18.
But, based on Hay’s latest update, that is set to change to be played on Sunday due to Sky Sports wanting to air the game live.
“Swansea is on Sunday, Barnsley is now Thursday and Derby will almost certainly move to Sunday too. That would mean a day’s lest rest for the very last game but even that comes on the following Wednesday,” said Hay in his latest Q&A.
“A potentially bigger issue is the number of times they play after Brentford. It does give Brentford the chance to turn up the heat.”
We don’t mind seeing our fixtures moved so that they can be broadcast live on Sky Sports but what we do mind is that they are always being moved to be played after Brentford.
Thomas Frank’s side are on a great run of form and they seem to keep getting the chance to ramp up the pressure on Leeds because they play before them.
Out of all the games played since the Championship season restarted, Leeds have played at the same time as Brentford once and are yet to play after the London club.
However, by the time the Derby game comes around, promotion could already be in the bag and Bielsa’s men could potentially have the chance to try and win the Championship title if West Brom and Brentford suffer massive drops in form.
We don’t expect that. But we do predict that the game against Derby could be the game where promotion is confirmed.
It would be the perfect day to do it.
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