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Match pack: Leeds (H)

27 December 2015

Nottingham Forest supporters will be hoping for some festive cheer when The Reds renew acquaintances with Leeds United at The City Ground on Sunday afternoon (kick-off 4.30pm).

Pre-match brief

There is plenty of history between Nottingham Forest and Leeds United but both teams will be looking to write a new chapter when two of the Sky Bet Championship's in-form sides meet at The City Ground on Sunday.

Only one point and two places currently separate Forest from their next opponents but, having achieved four home wins on the bounce, Dougie Freedman's men will be confident of leapfrogging the Whites with another victory.

Forest are unbeaten in their last five meetings with Leeds but will need to be wary of Steve Evans' side who have won three of their previous four matches, a run which has included victories over Hull and Wolves.

View from the Red corner

Dougie Freedman: “I’m looking forward to the game. I played for Leeds United and I know that it is a huge, fantastic club.

“But I know that a lot of teams will come to The City Ground fearing us and we need to make sure we intimidate them through our football.

“We have to be strong in our work, we know they have also hit a little bit of form and we’d encourage all the Forest fans to get down to the game on Sunday and hopefully the best team wins."

Click here to read more thoughts from the Forest manager ahead of Sunday's game.

Last time out

Nottingham Forest claimed a fourth successive home win with a 2-1 victory over Milton Keynes Dons at The City Ground on Saturday which moved them to within six points of the play-off places.

Goals from Nelson Oliveira and Ryan Mendes put Forest into a commanding two-goal lead and despite Josh Murphy's late strike for the visitors, Dougie Freedman's men were able to hold on to victory.

Forest: De Vries, Lichaj, Mills, Mancienne, Pinillos (Hobbs 70'), Mendes (Ward 80'), Lansbury (c), Vaughan, Osborn, Oliveira (Trotter 84'), O'Grady

Leeds United made it four games without defeat and moved up to 13th in the Sky Bet Championship table with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Preston North End last weekend.

The controversial moment of the game came as Preston goalkeeper Jordan Pickford was sent off after referee Gavin Ward adjudged he had handled the ball outside the area despite pictures showing it had cleared struck him in the face.

Steve Evans’ side capitalised a minute into the second half when North End defender Alan Browne headed into his own net past helpless substitute goalkeeper Matt Hudson.

Leeds: Silvestri, Wootton, Bellusci, Cooper, Taylor, Bridcutt, Bryam, Cook, Murphy (Doukara 64'), Dallas (Phillips 90'), Wood (Antenucci 83')

Previous encounter

Nottingham Forest and Leeds United shared the spoils at The City Ground last season as former Reds striker Billy Sharp struck to ensure the visitors would leave with a point.

Matty Fryatt gave Forest the lead in first-half stoppage time as he turned Michael Mancienne’s header in from close range and it was an advantage The Reds deserved after an opening 45 minutes of pressure on the Leeds goal.

But the visitors responded well, winning themselves a penalty when Danny Fox fouled Sam Byram inside the area, leaving Sharp to smash the ball past Karl Darlow and seal a point for the Whites.

Are tickets available?

Tickets for Nottingham Forest's Sky Bet Championship game against Leeds United at The City Ground are still available.

For details and a full list of prices, please click here.

What if I can't make the game?

Live audio commentary will be available on Forest Player HD, as well as live text commentary on and via @Official_NFFC on Twitter.

Forest Player HD will also have extended match highlights from 12pm on Monday, as well as all the reaction from the Forest camp.
Is there a programme?

The official matchday programme will be available to buy and download for Sunday's meeting with Leeds.

Chairman and owner Fawaz Al Hasawi and manager Dougie Freedman give their latest thoughts while there is a feature interview with new first-team assistant coach Paul Williams as he settles into life at The City Ground.

Forest fans are reminded that they can download the official matchday magazine to their iPad, iPhone or Android device. Perfect for supporters unable to attend the game, the download can be accessed via this app now for Apple users or via this link for Android users.

Hard copies will be available from all the usual outlets around The City Ground.

Fancy a flutter?

Nottingham Forest are rated as the 11/10 favourites to beat Leeds on Sunday afternoon with the draw priced at 23/10 and a win for the visitors slightly further out at 13/5.

The Reds edged past MK Dons by two goals to one in their last home game and can be backed at 8/1 to record the same scoreline this weekend while a comfortable 3-0 win for Forest has odds of 18/1.

Official betting partner Sky Bet have put a price boost on Ryan Mendes to score first in a 2-0 win for The Reds and supporters can back that to happen at a tempting 50/1.

For all the latest odds on Sunday's game, please visit and make a prediction for Forest v Leeds.


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