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21 April 2014

Nottingham Forest have back-to-back wins in their sights for the first time since early February when they travel to Leeds United on Easter Monday (kick-off 5.15pm).

The Reds claimed their first victory in over two months on Saturday as Matt Derbyshire's goal secured a crucial 1-0 success over Birmingham City at The City Ground.

The challenge to Gary Brazil and his side is to record consecutive wins in the league and keep up the pressure on the rest of the Sky Bet Championship's playoff contenders.

Team News

Nottingham Forest midfielder Andy Reid is expected to miss the clash at Elland Road with a calf injury while Henri Lansbury and Kelvin Wilson will also need to be assessed after sitting out the win over Birmingham.

David Vaughan got through 56 minutes of Saturday's game on his return from a knee injury so could be fit enough to start again in Yorkshire but Lee Peltier will be absent as he is unable to play against his parent club.

Leeds midfielder Rodolph Austin has returned from a foot injury but should only be fit enough to take a place on the bench while Michael Tonge has recovered from his recent ankle problem.

Sam Byram, Jimmy Kebe and David Norris are all expected to miss out through injury but otherwise manager Brian McDermott has a fully-fit squad to choose from.

Current Form

Nottingham Forest achieved their first win since 11 February on Saturday as Matt Derbyshire's early strike secured a morale-boosting 1-0 victory over Birmingham City.

The result moved Forest to within three points of the Sky Bet Championship playoff places and ended a dismal run which had not seen them win at home since 2 February.

Charlton (H) – Lost 1-0
Ipswich (A) – Drew 1-1
Millwall (H) – Lost 2-1
Sheffield Wednesday (H) – Drew 3-3
QPR (A) – Lost 5-2
Birmingham (H) - Won 1-0



Having suffered five defeats on the bounce, Leeds have quickly put that disappointment behind them and have now recorded back-to-back wins over relegation-threatened Blackpool and Barnsley.

Ross McCormack's 29th goal of the season gave Brian McDermott's side all three points at Oakwell on Saturday and Leeds now look set to end the season among the mid-table runners.

The Whites have not been particularly strong at home in recent weeks, losing four of their last six outings at Elland Road including defeats to lowly Charlton and Doncaster.

Doncaster (H) – Lost 2-1
Charlton (H) – Lost 1-0
Wigan (A) – Lost 1-0
Watford (A) – Lost 3-0
Blackpool (H) – Won 2-0
Barnsley (A) – Won 1-0

Down The Years

Forest wins over Leeds: 29 (24 League, 3 FA Cup, 2 League Cup)
Leeds wins over Forest: 29 (28 League, 1 FA Cup)
Draws: 29 (29 League)

Last Meeting

The last meeting between the two sides saw Forest run out 2-1 winners at The City Ground in December as Matt Derbyshire's stunning strike sealed three points for The Reds.

Greg Halford's opener had been cancelled out by Ross McCormack but Derbyshire stepped up with six minutes to play to fire an unstoppable shot into the back of Paddy Kenny's net from 25 yards.



Last season's meeting at Elland Road saw Leeds record a win by the same scoreline in September 2012 as goals from Luciano Becchio and Dominic Poleon handed The Whites a commanding first-half lead.

Despite Dexter Blackstock halving the deficit on the hour mark, Forest were unable to find an equaliser as Leeds got revenge for their 7-3 defeat on the same ground six months earlier.

He Played For Both

John O'Hare joined Leeds from Derby County in 1974 in order to link up with Brian Clough who had been his manager at The Baseball Ground. The forward only made six outings and scored one goal at Elland Road before moving on to join Clough at Nottingham Forest a year later.

The Scottish international spent six years at The City Ground, making over 100 appearances during his stint on Trentside. He won both a league title and a European Cup under the management of Brian Clough and came on as a substitute in the 1980 European Cup final win over Hamburg.

Officials

Referee: Iain Williamson
Assistant Referees: Robert Merchant and Michael Salisbury
Fourth Official: Andy Haines

Betting

Nottingham Forest are the slender 7/4 outsiders to take all three points at Elland Road on Monday with the draw being priced at 23/10.

A repeat of Saturday's 1-0 win against Birmingham City has odds of 9/1 while a repeat of December's 2-1 victory for Forest can be backed at the same price.

Matt Derbyshire notched the only goal on Saturday and he is priced 15/2 to open the scoring at Elland Road while Jamie Paterson has odds of 7/4 to score at any time.

Check out all of the latest odds on Sky Bet.
(All odds subject to change)

Tickets and Travel

Nottingham Forest have been allocated an initial 1,938 tickets for this fixture. Tickets will be on sale upon arrival at Elland Road.

Coach travel will depart the Brian Clough Stand at 2pm and is priced at £13.

Follow The Game

Live audio commentary will be available on Forest Player, as well as free live text commentary on www.nottinghamforest.co.uk.

Forest Player will also have extended match highlights from 12noon on Tuesday, as well as all the reaction from the Forest camp.

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