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Match preview: Leeds United (A)

25 January 2017

Nottingham Forest travel to Elland Road to take on Leeds United in the Sky Bet Championship on Wednesday 25 January (kick-off 7.45pm).


Nottingham Forest ended a run of eight games without a win when they defeated Bristol City 1-0 at The City Ground on Saturday. Ben Osborn's superb free-kick secured the three points in interim manager Gary Brazil's first game in charge and he will be hoping for a similarly solid display for the trip to Elland Road.

Leeds United come into the match on the back of a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Yorkshire rivals Barnsley on Saturday and will be looking to return to a run of form that saw them win five of the previous six games in all competitions. Garry Monk's side are pushing for promotion at the top of the Sky Bet Championship table and will be seeking revenge for the 3-1 defeat at The City Ground back in August.

Dani Pinillos came through 90 minutes against Bristol City after his long-term absence from injury so will be keen to continue but there is a doubt over Matt Mills after the centre back came off injured on Saturday.

Leeds midfielder Hadi Sacko is pushing for a place in the squad after making his recovery from injury and Pontus Jansson is available after serving a one-match suspension on the weekend. Full back Charlie Taylor and centre back Liam Cooper are unlikely to be involved as they continue their recovery from injury.

Nottingham Forest

Huddersfield (A) - Lost 2-1
Newcastle (A) - Lost 3-1
Barnsley (H) - Lost 1-0
Wigan (A - FA Cup) - Lost 2-0
Birmingham (A) - Drew 0-0
Bristol City (H) - Won 1-0

Leeds United

Preston (A) - Won 4-1
Aston Villa (A) - Drew 1-1
Rotherham (H) - Won 3-0
Cambridge (A - FA Cup) - Won 2-1
Derby (H) - Won 1-0
Barnsley (A) - Lost 3-2


Chris Wood

With 19 goals to his name this season, New Zealand international Chris Wood is Leeds United's biggest goal threat. The 25-year-old has scored on a consistent basis this season to help fire Leeds towards the top end of the table. 

After coming through the ranks at West Brom, Wood spent time out on loan in the Football League before signing for Leicester and then making the move to Elland Road last season. Leeds will be hoping to keep the division's second top scorer fit if they are to have a chance of promotion from the Sky Bet Championship.

Leeds United head coach Garry Monk said: “We had a disappointment at the weekend and it doesn’t sit well with us, we are preparing and fully focused on Wednesday’s game. We have had a few injuries and we have had to re-jig a few things, which is never ideal, but the players always try their hardest and give 100%.

“This season we have managed to bounce back from a negative result very well and that is vitally important. These situations test the character and mentality of the team, which we have been really strong with so far and I am looking for more of the same.

“Gary Brazil has gone into Nottingham Forest and had the one game against Bristol City and they did very well and got a good result. They have changed a few things, personnel and football wise, so that is something to assess and be aware of, but our focus is putting our best football on the pitch."

Tickets are on general sale and are priced as follows:

Adults - £35
Seniors (60 years of age and over) - £24
Young adults (16-22 years of age) - £24
Juniors (15 years of age and under) - £16
Juniors (10 years of age and under) - £8

Tickets can be purchased in-person at the ticket office, online at tickets.nottinghamforest.co.uk or by calling 0115 982 4388.

Live audio commentary of the game will be available on Forest Player HD from 7pm while there will also be live text commentary available on the Forest Wall and on the club's Twitter page from 7.30pm. Forest Player HD will also have extended match highlights from 12pm on Thursday, as well as all the reaction from the Forest camp after the game.

To win:

Leeds United - 4/5
Nottingham Forest - 7/2
Draw - 13/5

To score first:

Chris Wood - 100/30
Kemar Roofe - 6/1
Britt Assombalonga - 6/1
Jamie Ward - 17/2

Fixtures to be played at 3pm on Saturday unless otherwise stated.

Norwich v Birmingham 
Preston v Ipswich
QPR v Burton
Reading v Cardiff
Rotherham v Barnsley

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