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Match preview: Forest vs Leeds

31 December 2018

The New Year begins at home for Nottingham Forest as Leeds United are the visitors to The City Ground (kick-off 3pm).

Following a defeat against Millwall to end 2018, The Reds will be hoping to kickstart 2019 with three points to close the gap on the top six.

Leeds sit top of the pile but come into the game on the back of a defeat, with their 2-0 reverse against Hull City on Saturday following seven successive victories.

Team news

There are concerns over a number of players with knocks and fatigue following the busy schedule over Christmas and New Year, with Aitor Karanka leaving it late to decide on their availability.

Tobias Figueiredo is a definite abentee however, as he remains sidelined through injury alongside Hillal Soudani and Michael Dawson.

From the Forest camp

The opposition view

Leeds suffered their first defeat in eight when they lost at home to Hull on Saturday and manager Marcelo Bielsa knows that the trip to Forest will be the most demanding of the festive and New Year period.

Speaking after the game on Saturday, he said: "The performance of the team and the kind of game we played was not particularly different to our other games.

"Usually we have three times more chances to score than the opponent and we dominate the game. This game was not different in that sense.

"Maybe we should have taken more shots from distance because our play in the centre put us in good positions to shoot from outside the box. We didn't create as much danger as we could have from the situations we had but in the offensive play I didn't see more of a lack of precision than usual.

"Until now the team gave a good response, a positive response.

"We ran enough (against Hull) and we dominated the game. When you don't dominate a game you make less effort.

"Until now the tolerance from the players has been good but the fourth game we're going to play will be the most demanding one because we've already played several."

One to watch - Kemar Roofe

With 13 goals to his name so far this season, Leeds frontman Kemar Roofe has found the goalscoring touch.

The former Oxford United man has been firing the goals in for Leeds, including an injury-time brace on Boxing Day, and will be the main threat for the visitors tomorrow.

Head to head

Forest wins - 32
Leeds wins - 31
Draws - 34

Last time out - Leeds 1-1 Forest (Saturday 27th October, 2018 - Sky Bet Championship)

Tickets

Tomorrow's game is sold out, with no further tickets available.

Coverage

Due to the game being shown live on Sky Sports, there will be no live broadcast for international subscribers on iFollow Forest. Audio commentary will be available, however.

There will also be full coverage of the match via the club's official social media channels and in the Match Centre.

Other fixtures

All fixtures to be played at 3pm on Tuesday:

Aston Villa vs QPR
Blackburn vs West Brom
Brentford vs Norwich
Derby vs Middlesbrough
Hull vs Bolton
Ipswich vs Millwall
Reading vs Swansea
Rotherham vs Preston
Sheffield Wednesday vs Birmingham
Stoke vs Bristol City
Wigan vs Sheffield United


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