Four nights ago, Leeds United lost their first match of 2017. Tonight, we get a chance to start another winning streak as nineteenth-place Nottingham Forest comes to Elland Road. Feeling good about this one.
Anthony Linley put together a full preview of the match, Anantoliy Ivantchouk put together his three nominees for man of the match, and we’ll be live-commenting the game again here in the comments below. Join in around 7:45pm BT, we’ll have staff members talking about what’s happening on the pitch throughout the match.
Let’s get back to the winning ways tonight. It’s necessary for morale and for league standing to beat a team as poor as Forest. If we don’t, the internet will likely explode in angry hot takes... and Garry and the lads will simply move on to the next one. Either way, MOT.
Leeds United vs. Nottingham Forest
EFL Championship fixture
Elland Road, Leeds
LUTV, BBC Radio Leeds, International Listings
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
11:45am PT / 2:45pm ET / 7:45pm BT
Leeds United starting XI
Green, Ayling, Jansson, Bartley, Berardi, O'Kane, Bridcutt, Dallas, Roofe, Hernandez, Wood
Subs: Silvestri, Coyle, Phillips, Mowatt, Vieira, Doukara, Antonsson
Nottingham Forest starting XI
Henderson, Lichaj, Fox, Hobbs, Pinillos, Mancienne, Vaughan, Cash, Osborn, Ward, Assombalonga
Subs: Stojkovic, Bendtner, Pereira, Carayol, Lam, Worrall, Brereton
Johnny Wakefield: 1-1 draw. I think the re-introduction of Pontus will help the backline, but rusty legs will lead to an early mistake, and then Forest will park the bus. We’ll break through with one, from Wood of course, but struggle to score a second. And then, the internet will explode in short-sighted paranoia. Still going up in May. MOT
Anthony Linley: 2-0 Leeds. I am no mathematician, but those odds look about right and the variables are: Forest’s away form + Leeds home form x bouncing back from the Barnsley defeat = Leeds victory.
James Mahoney: 2-0 Leeds. Leeds will bounce back against a poor Nottingham Forest side. We will control the game throughout and score both goals early in the 2nd half through Bartley and Sacko (if he plays). MOT
Ben Mallis: 2-0 Leeds. I expect a reinvigorated defensive effort after conceding three goals over the weekend. Forest won’t be a push over, but Leeds will score a goal in each half and regain that winning feeling.
Jack Dudley: 1-1 draw. Every team in the championship goes on a bad run, and teams like Barnsley and Forest tend to be bogey sides for Leeds. I think the next few games could derail the push slightly, but realistically the automatic spots are gone.
Sean Ryan: 2-0 Leeds. Barnsley was a poor performance and if we're to go up this season, we can't let it become the norm. The return of Jansson is a big plus and should help us keep the clean sheet. Wood is bang in form and will add to his tally tonight.
Don’t forget to join us in the comments! MOT.