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Match preview: Leeds vs Forest

26 October 2018

Nottingham Forest are on the road again as they travel to Elland Road to take on Leeds United on Saturday looking to make it three wins on the bounce on their travels (kick-off 5.30pm).

The Reds defeated Middlesbrough and Bolton in their previous two away outings and will be looking to come away from Leeds with a result which would also make it five games unbeaten away from home.

Leeds have made a strong start to the season and go into the weekend sitting in top spot, but Aitor Karanka's men are in confident mood following the convincing win at Bolton on Wednesday night.

Team news

Danny Fox and Daryl Murphy remain doubtful for Forest after both sat out the win at Bolton in midweek.

After making four changes for that victory, Aitor Karanka has a decision to make on whether to stick with that side or make changes for the third game this week.

From the Forest camp

The opposition view

Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa has been impressed with Nottingham Forest so far this season as the two sides get set to go head to head at Elland Road.

"From what I have seen of the Nottingham Forest they have good players especially in midfield and offensively," said Bielsa.

"They have developed their system of play very well and I think they are a team with a lot of enthusiasm and a good style of play.

"Victor Orta always praises Aitor Karanka and holds him in high esteem and I also hold Karanka in high esteem.

"I have this high esteem not because I know him, but because of the profile he gives to his teams and the things that say the most about the head coaches are the teams."

One to watch - Kemar Roofe

After a strong first month of the season, injury saw forward Kemar Roofe's season stutter but the frontman has returned to the side in the past week and got on the scoresheet in Wednesday's 2-0 win against Ipswich.

With five goals from just eight league outings this season, Roofe is likely to be The Whites' biggest goalscoring threat on Saturday.

Head to head

Forest wins - 32
Leeds wins - 31
Draws - 33

Last time out - Leeds 0-0 Forest (Monday 1st January, 2018 - Sky Bet Championship)


Tickets are no longer available through the Nottingham Forest ticket office, with Reds supporters snapping up the initial allocation of 1,737 tickets.

A further 260 tickets have been made available on the day from Elland Road. Details can be found here.


The match is being shown live on Sky Sports so there will be no live broadcast on iFollow Forest. However, audio commentary provided by BBC Radio Nottingham will be available.

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

Other fixtures

All fixtures to be played at 3pm on Saturday unless otherwise stated: 

QPR vs Aston Villa (Friday, 7.45pm)
Middlesbrough vs Derby (12.30pm)
Birmingham vs Sheffield Wednesday
Bolton vs Hull
Bristol City vs Stoke
Millwall vs Ipswich
Norwich vs Brentford
Preston vs Rotherham
Sheffield United vs Wigan
Swansea vs Reading
West Brom vs Blackburn

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