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Match pack: Leeds (A)

5 February 2016

Following defeat to Watford in the Emirates FA Cup last weekend, Nottingham Forest will be hoping to get back to winning ways in the league when they visit Leeds United tomorrow (kick-off 3pm).


Pre-match brief

Nottingham Forest are currently on a run of 12 Sky Bet Championship matches without defeat and will make the trip to Elland Road tomorrow hoping to close the current nine-point gap to the play-off places.

Dougie Freedman's men haven't beaten in the league since a 2-1 reverse at Brentford on 21 November while Leeds haven't suffered defeat at home since their 1-0 loss to Rotherham on the same afternoon.

The two sides should be familiar to one another having only met in December and Forest will be aiming to make it back-to-back victories on the road following their impressive 1-0 win at Middlesbrough a fortnight ago.

Last time out

Nottingham Forest were knocked out of the Emirates FA Cup after suffering a 1-0 defeat against Watford at The City Ground on Saturday.

Substitute Odion Ighalo's 89th-minute goal secured his team's spot in the next round on an afternoon when Forest had acquitted themselves very well against their Premier League opponents.

Forest: De Vries, Lichaj, Wilson, Hobbs, Cohen, O.Burke, Gardner, Vaughan, Grant (Oliveira 83'), Ward (Osborn 68'), Blackstock (c)


Leeds United booked their place in the fifth round of the Emirates FA Cup as goals from Souleymane Doukara and debutant Toumani Diagouraga gave them a 2-1 win at Bolton Wanderers last weekend.

Darren Pratley struck with nine minutes to play to give Wanderers some hope of rescuing the tie but Leeds held on to secure a fifth-round tie away at Forest's conquerers Watford.

Leeds: Silvestri, Taylor, Bamba (Coyle 89'), Bellusci, Wootton, Cook (Adeyemi 90'), Bridcutt, Diagouraga, Dallas, Antenucci (Carayol 86'), Doukara

Previous encounters

Nottingham Forest and Leeds United met on 27 December at The City Ground and the spoils were shared as Sam Byram's late strike cancelled out a 17th-minute opener from Nelson Oliveira.

The Reds last tasted victory at Elland Road in April 2014 as an early brace from Matt Derbyshire set them on their way to victory in Yorkshire and kept their slim hopes of a play-off place alive.


Are tickets available?

Tickets for Nottingham Forest's Sky Bet Championship trip to Leeds have now gone off sale.

The game at Elland Road is an all-ticket fixture for away supporters and no tickets will be on sale on matchday.

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 www.nottinghamforest.co.uk and via @Official_NFFC on Twitter.

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

Nottingham Forest are rated as the 15/8 outsiders to take all three points away from Leeds on Saturday with the draw priced a 11/5 and a victory for the home side as the current favourite at 6/4.

A repeat of the 1-1 scoreline the two sides shared in December is priced at 9/2 or for Forest supporters who think their side will nick a 1-0 win at Elland Road then that result is on offer at 6/1.

Nelson Oliveira found the back of the net against Leeds earlier in the season and the striker is priced 6/1 to score the first goal of Saturday's game or 9/4 to find the net at any time during the 90 minutes.

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

Around the grounds

All games to be played at 3pm on Saturday unless stated

Brighton v Brentford (Friday, kick-off 7.45pm)
Birmingham v Sheffield Wednesday
Bolton v Rotherham
Burnley v Hull
Cardiff v MK Dons
Charlton v Bristol City
Fulham v Derby
Middlesbrough v Blackburn
Preston v Huddersfield
QPR v Ipswich
Reading v Wolves


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