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Match preview: Leeds vs Forest

26 October 2018

Nottingham Forest are on the road again as they travel to Elland Road to take on Leeds United on Saturday looking to make it three wins on the bounce on their travels (kick-off 5.30pm).

The Reds defeated Middlesbrough and Bolton in their previous two away outings and will be looking to come away from Leeds with a result which would also make it five games unbeaten away from home.

Leeds have made a strong start to the season and go into the weekend sitting in top spot, but Aitor Karanka's men are in confident mood following the convincing win at Bolton on Wednesday night.

Team news

Danny Fox and Daryl Murphy remain doubtful for Forest after both sat out the win at Bolton in midweek.

After making four changes for that victory, Aitor Karanka has a decision to make on whether to stick with that side or make changes for the third game this week.

From the Forest camp

The opposition view

Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa has been impressed with Nottingham Forest so far this season as the two sides get set to go head to head at Elland Road.

"From what I have seen of the Nottingham Forest they have good players especially in midfield and offensively," said Bielsa.

"They have developed their system of play very well and I think they are a team with a lot of enthusiasm and a good style of play.

"Victor Orta always praises Aitor Karanka and holds him in high esteem and I also hold Karanka in high esteem.

"I have this high esteem not because I know him, but because of the profile he gives to his teams and the things that say the most about the head coaches are the teams."

One to watch - Kemar Roofe

After a strong first month of the season, injury saw forward Kemar Roofe's season stutter but the frontman has returned to the side in the past week and got on the scoresheet in Wednesday's 2-0 win against Ipswich.

With five goals from just eight league outings this season, Roofe is likely to be The Whites' biggest goalscoring threat on Saturday.

Head to head

Forest wins - 32
Leeds wins - 31
Draws - 33

Last time out - Leeds 0-0 Forest (Monday 1st January, 2018 - Sky Bet Championship)

Tickets

Tickets are no longer available through the Nottingham Forest ticket office, with Reds supporters snapping up the initial allocation of 1,737 tickets.

A further 260 tickets have been made available on the day from Elland Road. Details can be found here.

Coverage

The match is being shown live on Sky Sports so there will be no live broadcast on iFollow Forest. However, audio commentary provided by BBC Radio Nottingham will be available.

There will also be full coverage via the club's official social media channels and in the Match Centre.

Other fixtures

All fixtures to be played at 3pm on Saturday unless otherwise stated: 

QPR vs Aston Villa (Friday, 7.45pm)
Middlesbrough vs Derby (12.30pm)
Birmingham vs Sheffield Wednesday
Bolton vs Hull
Bristol City vs Stoke
Millwall vs Ipswich
Norwich vs Brentford
Preston vs Rotherham
Sheffield United vs Wigan
Swansea vs Reading
West Brom vs Blackburn

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Match Reports

Leeds 1-1 Forest

27 October 2018

Jack Robinson’s first goal for Nottingham Forest was cancelled out by a controversial Kemar Roofe strike as The Reds earned a point against Leeds United.

Robinson headed home in the first half to put Forest in front and it was a resolute performance from AItor Karanka's men to keep high-flying Leeds at bay until the 82nd minute when Roofe appeared to convert with his arm.

There were two changes to the Forest side which defeated Bolton in midweek, with Danny Fox returning to captain the side in place of Michael Dawson and Matty Cash starting in place of Gil Dias.

There was a combative edge to the opening minutes of the game, with both sides battling for the ball in the middle of the park and The Reds doing well defensively with the home crowd on song.

But it was Forest who took the lead to silence a packed Elland Road as Robinson headed home his first goal for the club. Joe Lolley's right-wing corner to the back post was met by the diving full back whose header squeezed in at the near post.

Forest were defending well and keeping their hosts at arm's length, with a deflected Pablo Hernandez shot forcing Costel Pantilimon into a smart save on 16 and Kemar Roofe firing wide a minute later.

Cash did brilliantly to control a high ball into the box on 26 but he dragged his left-footed shot just wide of the target before Leeds' Adam Forshaw did the same on 41, firing inches wide from the edge of the box.

The Reds were defending brilliantly at the start of the second half, restricting their hosts to long distance shots and frustrating them as they went in search of the leveller.

Substitute Jack Clarke hit a rasping shot just wide on 66 minutes as the chances were few and far between for Leeds, with Forest looking to hit them on the counter attack.

On 82 minutes however Leeds found the equaliser in contentious circumstances as Roofe converted from close range.

A ball back across the face of goal by Mateusz Klich was turned into the net virtually on the goalline by Roofe, with the Forest defenders adamant that the frontman used his arm to score.

The goal stood and Forest withstood a late barrage into the box to earn a hard-fought point at Elland Road.

Forest: Pantilimon, Darikwa, Figueiredo, Fox (c) (Dawson 50'), Robinson, Guedioura, Colback, Cash (Dias 87'), Carvalho, Lolley (Osborn 69'), Grabban

Unused subs: Steele, Soudani, Watson, Janko

Goal: Robinson 11'

Bookings: Grabban 61', Colback 68', Carvalho 88', Dias 89'

Leeds: Peacock-Farrell, Ayling (Pearce 25', Clarke 65'), Cooper (c), Jansson, Dallas, Klich, Phillips (Saiz 65'), Forshaw, Hernandez, Alioski, Roofe

Unused subs: Blackman, Roberts, Baker, Shackleton

Goal: Roofe 82'

Booking: Phillips 63'

Referee: Geoff Eltringham

Attendance: 34,308 (1,766 away)

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Ticket News

Initial Leeds allocation sold out

26 October 2018

Nottingham Forest are set to be backed by over 1,700 fans at Elland Road when they take on Leeds United on Saturday (kick-off 5.30pm).

Reds supporters have snapped up the initial allocation of 1,737 tickets and the club have secured an extra 260 tickets which will be available on matchday at Elland Road only.

Tickets are no longer available from the Nottingham Forest ticket office.

Supporters should be aware that ticket prices increase by £5 on matchday (excluding junior tickets), and sales, collections and duplicates will be from the away ticket window located next to the away turnstiles at entrances 1 and 2.

Tickets for this fixture are priced as follows:
  Advance prices Matchday prices
Adults £39 £44
Over 60s £26 £31
All disabled* £26 £31
16-22-year-olds £26 £31
Under 16s £18 £18
Under 11s £9 £9

*relevant price band will be used for disabled supporters 

Dates of sale
On sale to Date How
Away members Friday 5th October Online only
Season card holders Tuesday 9th October Online only
Season card holders Friday 12th October Online/Phone/In-person
Home members Friday 19th October Online/Phone/In-person
General sale* Monday 22nd October Online/Phone/In-person

*Subject to availability

Official coach travel

Coach travel will depart the Brian Clough Stand car park at 1.45pm and is priced at £16.

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