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Nottingham Forest vs Leeds United preview: TV info, live stream options, predictions & confirmed line-ups

By Ben Green

Nottingham Forest vs Leeds preview: TV info, live stream options, predictions & confirmed line-ups

Published: 11:56, 7 February 2020 | Updated: 16:31, 8 February 2020

Leeds United will be looking to get their promotion charge back on track when they lock horns with fourth-place Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

It’s felt like deja vu for Leeds fans these past few weeks. Marcelo Bielsa’s men started the season in tremendous fashion, only for his side to experience a rough patch and elicit nervous tension across Elland Road.

If there are certain doubts beginning to emerge in West Yorkshire, then the same can hardly be said of Nottingham Forest, who have somewhat defied expectations this season under Sabri Lamouchi. The back-to-back European champions of 1979 and 1980 are currently taking up a convincing habitation in the play-off positions. 

Leeds have won just once in their previous six outings, so will this encounter prove to be the latest hiccup in their long-awaited quest for promotion? Or can Bielsa rally the troops and dent Forest’s own aspirations of passage to the promised land?

Read on for Nottingham Forest vs Leeds preview, predictions, TV coverage information, live stream options, team news and more.

Nottingham Forest vs Leeds key details, TV info and live streaming:

Competition: Championship

Venue: City Ground

Date: Saturday, 8 February 2020

Kick-off: 5:30 PM (UK time)

TV coverage (UK): Sky Sports Main Event

Live stream options: Those with Sky subscriptions can use Sky Go, those in the UK without one of those can buy a Now TV pass (or look into their free trial offer). ESPN+ is an option those in the US.

Last five meetings: N Forest vs Leeds

10 Aug 2019: Leeds 1-1 N Forest (Championship)

1 Jan 2019: N Forest 4-2 Leeds (Championship)

27 Oct 2018: Leeds 1-1 N Forest (Championship)

1 Jan 2018: Leeds 0-0 N Forest (Championship)

26 Aug 2017: N Forest 0-2 Leeds (Championship)

Aggregate Score: N Forest (DWDDL) 6-6 Leeds (DLDDW)

Ones to watch

Forest: Matthew Cash

The 22-year-old right-back was highly sought-after across the January window, with AC Milan and West Ham just two of the names that were bandied about for his signature. Cash has been a regular fixture in the Forest XI across the past few seasons but has truly risen to prominence this campaign, with his attacking exploits from full-back providing Lamouchi plenty of zeal and zest on the byline.

Key stat: Only two Nottingham Forest players (Tiago Silva and Joe Lolley) have created more chances than Cash (32) in the Championship this season.

Leeds: Mateusz Klich

With Kalvin Phillips serving out the last match of his three-game suspension, Klich’s dynamism and energy will be key to alleviating the midfield void vacated by his teammate. The 29-year-old has proven a vital cog in Bielsa’s meticulous machine and will be looking to exert authority in the middle of the park when Leeds travel south this weekend. 

Key stat: Only centre-back Ben White (1418) has executed more accurate short passes than Klich (1137) for Leeds in the Championship this season.

Confirmed Nottingham Forest line-up:

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Confirmed Leeds Utd line-up:

Squawka prediction

Bielsa will be desperate to avoid a repeat of last season, and that will certainly be his message to the dressing room, particularly after another disappointing defeat to Wigan. 

If the Leeds side that took the Championship by storm before the turn of the year rock up in Nottingham, then expect and defiant win for the visitors.

That said, Forest have proven a more than capable side this campaign, and Leeds are just far too unpredictable under their mercurial tactician to back them outright, so a score draw is the most probable outcome here.

Scoreline prediction: N Forest 2-2 Leeds