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13th Oct, 2016 | 1:49pm

Monk gives one-word verdict on league table ahead of Leeds v Derby clash

By Dominic Toner

Leeds manager Garry Monk has claimed that the Championship table is “bizarre” ahead of their meeting with Derby.

The Whites travel to the iPro Stadium on Saturday for the league clash and are nine places above them in the table.

Derby are currently struggling down in 20th and have recently sacked Nigel Pearson after a disappointing start.

Steve McClaren has returned to the Rams for a second stint in charge of the club and will be hoping to steer them away from the bottom end of the table.

Leeds boss Monk believes that Derby are much better than their recent form suggests and believes it is a strange division, as quoted by Yorkshire Evening Post correspondent Phil Hay.

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“Monk said Derby are punching below their weights but won’t be down at the foot of the table later in the season. ‘It’s a bizarre league,” he said.

Huddersfield are currently the shock league leaders of the Championship and relegated Aston Villa are struggling with just one league win so far.

Monk does face some concerns ahead of the Derby match and winger Stuart Dallas will face a late fitness test after picking a thigh injury on international duty.

Leeds captain Liam Bridcutt will also be absent, whilst he recovers from the fractured metatarsal he sustained on 13 September.

Monk was appointed manager in the summer and has endured a mixed start, after consecutive league defeats at the start of the season.

The Whites have found some form recently though and have won five of their last six games in all competitions.

In other Leeds news, David Prutton has given his verdict on the club’s key man.