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Match pack: Leeds (A)

13 March 2015

Get all the news and views ahead of Nottingham Forest's Sky Bet Championship trip to Leeds United on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

 Leeds United v Nottingham Forest
Sky Bet Championship
Saturday 14 March (kick-off 3pm)
Elland Road

Pre-match brief

Nottingham Forest's quest for a late charge into the Sky Bet Championship play-off places takes them to Elland Road on Saturday for a clash with a dangerous and talented Leeds United side managed by Neil Redfearn.

The Reds' 2-1 win over Middlesbrough last weekend closed the gap on the top six to nine points but Dougie Freedman will know his charges need another maximum haul in West Yorkshire to keep the pressure on the teams above.

In order to do that Forest will need to overcome a Leeds side who have beaten Bournemouth, Middlesbrough and Ipswich since the turn of the year and who have improved dramatically under Redfearn's shrewd leadership.

Team news

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman has been boosted by the news that his captain Henri Lansbury and defender Danny Fox have both shaken off minor injuries to be fit for tomorrow's trip to Leeds.

Matty Fryatt will miss out on the game at Elland Road and with Jack Hobbs soon to return to first-team training, Freedman remains without three other players in the form of Andy Reid, Chris Cohen and Britt Assombalonga.

Leeds were without the services of captain Liam Cooper, winger Sam Byram and midfielder Rodolph Austin for the weekend win at Wigan and all three will need to be monitored ahead of the contest at Elland Road tomorrow.

Former Forest striker Billy Sharp could again partner Steve Morison in the Leeds attack while last weekend's match-winner Alex Mowatt moved to the top of the club's goalscoring charts with eight to his name from midfield.

View from the Red corner

Dougie Freedman: “I’m really looking forward to it because it’s going to be two teams trying to win with ten games to go. That’s really exciting for me.

“For me as a coach it’s my time to relax. I’ve done my work. I sit back and enjoy watching the game, making sure my messages during the week are translating on to the pitch.

“The crowd’s going to be up for it and they are going to make sure they put us under pressure. But I’m looking forward to seeing how our lads respond."

What's the form guide?

Nottingham Forest made it four home wins on the bounce with last weekend's 2-1 victory over promotion-chasing Middlesbrough and have now lost just one of their last eight matches under the management of Dougie Freedman.

The Reds currently sit nine points off the Championship play-off places but their excellent recent run has inspired confidence within the dressing room that a win at Elland Road could help them close that gap this weekend.


Leeds head into tomorrow's game on the back of consecutive victories over Ipswich (2-1) and Wigan (1-0) and Neil Redfearn's side are currently in a run of five wins in their last seven Sky Bet Championship matches.

The Whites have an inconsistent recent record at Elland Road having enjoyed wins over Bournemouth, Millwall and Ipswich in the past few weeks as well as being beaten at home by promotion chasers Brentford and Watford.

Haven't we met before?

The two teams met on Trentside back in December and the spoils were shared at The City Ground as Billy Sharp's penalty ten minutes after half-time cancelled out Matty Fryatt's opener on the stroke of the interval.

In the corresponding fixture last season a brace from Matt Derbyshire fired Gary Brazil's Forest into an early two-goal lead at Elland Road and The Reds went on to see out a comfortable win and keep their play-off hopes alive.

One of Forest's most memorable victories at Elland Road came back in March 2012 as four goals from Garath McCleary and a brace from Dexter Blackstock gave The Reds an incredible 7-3 success in West Yorkshire.

 

Are tickets available?

Tickets for Nottingham Forest's Sky Bet Championship trip to Leeds are sold out.

No further tickets will be made available to Forest supporters.

How do I get there?

Follow the M1 to Junction 43 before taking the M621 towards Leeds. Stay on the M621 until Junction 2 before taking the exit at the roundabout for the A643. The stadium will then appear on the right-hand side.

Car parking is available around the stadium and is operated by Leeds City Council. The cost is £6 per car (payable on the day) while parking fee for coaches is £15 and for mini buses £10.

What if I can't make the game?

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

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

What are the odds?

In-form Nottingham Forest are the slight 6/4 favourites to take all three points away from Elland Road tomorrow with a win for the home side priced at 17/10 and the draw as an outside bet at 23/10.

Dexter Blackstock grabbed the winning goal in Forest's 2-1 victory over Middlesbrough last weekend and he can be backed at 7/4 to find the back of the net again tomorrow against a side he spent time on loan with last season.

A repeat scoreline from The Reds' last away win, 3-0 at Reading, is priced at 25/1 while a slightly closer 2-1 win for Dougie Freedman's men at Elland Road tomorrow afternoon has odds of 17/2.

For all the latest odds on tomorrow's game, please visit www.skybet.com/forest and make a prediction for Leeds v Forest.

Who is in charge?

Referee: Keith Hill
Assistant Referees: Paul Hodskinson and Paul Kettlewell
Fourth Official: Tony Harrington

Who else is playing?

Middlesbrough v Ipswich (Saturday, kick-off 12.15pm)
Birmingham v Huddersfield
Bolton v Millwall
Bournemouth v Blackpool
Brentford v Cardiff
Brighton v Wolves
Charlton v Blackburn
Norwich v Derby
Rotherham v Wigan
Sheffield Wednesday v Fulham
Watford v Reading


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