Nottingham Forest vs Leeds predictions ahead of this Championship fixture on Tuesday. Can the league leaders secure a win to start the New Year? Read on for our match preview and free betting tips.
Despite their shock defeat at the weekend, Leeds managed to hang on to their place at the top of the Championship table. They went down against Hull, but can they bounce back with a victory on New Years’ Day? They’re bound for the City Ground, as they clash with Nottingham Forest. The hosts were play-off contenders, but they’ve slipped down the table into 10th. Will the home side turn things around and add to Leeds’ misery?
Forest have their own problems to deal with after their poor form left them out of the play-offs. They’ve fallen six points shy of the top six, following another setback. They lost in their visit to relegation-threatened Millwall, yet another loss for Aitor Karanka’s men. Their big summer spending doesn’t seem to be helping them here, while this week brings a huge test in the shape of the league leaders.
After a 2-0 loss to Hull, Leeds have seen their winning form brought to an end. However, they are still three points clear of Norwich City, while they’re five ahead of third. It’s been a great campaign for Marcelo Bielsa’s side so far, they’re the frontrunners for the Premier League. While Saturday brought a setback, they can get things back on track in this trip. They may be coming off a defeat, but they make this trip as the favourites to take the points at the City Ground.
Forest have failed to win in five, losing three of those. That includes back to back home losses, as Preston and QPR have pulled off wins in visits to this stadium. Overall, they’ve failed to win seven of their 12 home games, ahead of this meeting with the strongest away side in the division. The visitors have managed to win seven times on the road, losing just twice. Having won three away trips on the spin – and seven of their last eight games overall – Leeds are worthy favourites.
We’re backing Leeds to edge this encounter, as they look to return to winning ways. The visitors are well priced on the Draw No Bet market for this one, given their strong away form. With Forest struggling at home, they seem like the perfect side for Leeds to bounce back against. We’re siding with the league leaders, while we’re also going for a 2-0 away win for Bielsa’s side, as they kick off the year on the right foot.