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Championship: Nottingham Forest vs Leeds preview

Kick off: Sunday, 27 December @16:30 GMT

Venue: The City Ground (Nottingham)

Head to head record

Leeds vs Nottingham Forest 0-0 (2014/2015 Championship)
Nottingham Forest vs Leeds 1-1 (2014/2015 Championship)
Leeds vs Nottingham Forest 0-2 (2013/2014 Championship)
Nottingham Forest vs Leeds 2-1 (2013/2014 Championship)
Nottingham Forest vs Leeds 4-2 (2012/2013 Championship)

Nottingham Forest vs Leeds prediction

Buoyed by a 2-1 win over Milton Keynes Dons, Nottingham Forest take on Leeds United at the City Ground on Sunday. The clash pits together the two teams with same ambitions in the 2015/2016 Championship campaign and no doubt there will be fireworks when the two sides take on match day 23.

Home soil – big advantage

Nottingham Forest have been playing below expectations in the 2015/2016 Championship campaign. The Reds have been having their ups and downs in the first half of the season, but they are on a five-game unbeaten run in the league ahead of Sunday’s clash against Leeds United. As before, Dougie Freedman’s charges have been producing terrific displays at the City Ground this season and they surely want to extend their winning run at home to five matches. Nottingham Forest players are aware of the fact that upcoming festive fixtures are of big importance for the team and no doubt the hosts will fight tooth and nail against Leeds. The Reds are six points behind the play-offs berth, but the game against the Whites could be the turning point for Forest. Cape Verde Islands international Ryan Mendes scored against MK Dons and he will continued to lead the attack for the hosts.

Left-back Daniel Pinillos is sidelined with a knee injury, while Chris Cohen remains in the recovery room (cruciate injury). The likes of Danny Fox and Eric Lichaj are likely to step up.

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Whites raising their form

Leeds United did well to upset Wolverhampton at Molineux Stadium in their last away match in the Championship and thanks to Alan Browne’s own goal the Whites recorded a 1-0 win over Preston at the weekend. Steve Evans’ men have been making progress week by week and they certainly want their four-match unbeaten run to be extended. Leeds escaped the danger zone, but they are now focused on climbing to the Championship play-offs places. However, Sunday’s game against Nottingham Forest will be anything but a walk in the park for the visitors and no doubt the visitors will be happy with one point from the City Ground showdown. Steve Evans’ charges, though, are eyeing their sixth away win of the season and you should have in mind that they have defeated the likes of Derby County, Milton Keynes Dons, Huddersfield Town and Wolves on the road in the 2015/2016 Championship campaign.

Coach Steve Evans has no fresh selection worries ahead of the trip to Nottingham and he is likely to field the same starting line-up that faced Preston at Elland Road at the weekend. The good news is that midfielder Tom Deyemi returns from illness.

Quick Facts

  • Nottingham Forest are unbeaten in last five meetings with Leeds United
  • Forest are after their fifth consecutive win at the City Ground
  • The Reds suffered their last defeat at home back in October
  • Leeds failed to score in two of their last three league games
  • The Whites kept a clean sheet in two of previous four matches in the league
  • Leeds recorded their last win at the City Ground back in 2011

Nottingham Forest vs Leeds betting tip

Both Nottingham Forest and Leeds United have been in a fine form of late and seeing that both teams are eyeing a place in the Championship play-offs, there is every chance we will see an entertaining encounter at the City Ground. When the two sides met in the Championship three years ago Nottingham Forest recorded a 7-3 win over Leeds and, taking everything into account, both teams to score bet should be considered.

Tip: Both teams to score

Odds: 2.10 (11/10) @Coral

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