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Leeds can end Forest fixture misery in festive Championship clash

| 27.12.2015

Lee Gormley | December 24, 2015

Nottingham Forest v Leeds United

  • Championship
  • Sunday, December 27th
  • Kick-off: 16:30 GMT
  • City Ground, Nottingham
  • Live on Sky Sports 1

Leeds make festive trip to Forest

Leeds United make the trip to face Nottingham Forest for a Championship clash during the festive period, with the visitors seeking to end a hapless fixture run in which they have gone triumphed in since September 2012.

Nottingham Forest v Fulham - Sky Bet Championship - City Ground

Steve Evans will hope he can guide the Yorkshire club to their first fixture success in three years and they are 9/1 with Coral to triumph and both teams to score (£20 max stake) in this latest match-up at the City Ground.

Although, both contests ended a stalemate during last season and another draw can be backed at 11/5 to occur this time around, with Leeds currently only two places and a single point ahead of their next opponents in the second tier table at this stage.

Evans wary of Forest threat

Leeds boss Steve Evans recently stated he was impressed by Forest’s last win over MK Dons, when Ryan Mendes and Nelson Oliveira earned them a narrow 2-1 result, and the latter is 7/2 to fire the hosts to victory once again (£20 max stake).

“I watched them the other day when they beat Milton Keynes Dons and it was a top class performance from Dougie Freedman’s side,” outlined Evans.

Soccer - Sky Bet Championship - Fulham v Leeds United - Craven Cottage

But the Whites boss also claimed he saw weaknesses in their game, stating: “They were energetic, they missed a host of chances to put the game away at 2-0, perhaps Dougie was reflecting them when MK Dons got a goal back, here we go, backs to the wall – similar to ourselves against Preston.

“I think if you get opportunities to kill games in the Championship you have to taken them or perhaps you can pay a price. Nottingham Forest survived that day and so did we against Preston.”

Forest hold strong recent record

Forest have now gone unbeaten in their last five outings but their most recent victory came at a price as they lost Dani Pinollas to an injury which has ruled the left back out for the rest of this season.

Soccer - Sky Bet Championship - Fulham v Leeds United - Craven Cottage

Meanwhile, Leeds have also been impressive of late, having gone undefeated in four matches, including three wins, with both teams looking upwards heading into the festive fixtures.

Chris Wood has continued to be the main man for Leeds and he is 9/1 to fire them to glory here, with a £20 max stake, while fellow attacker Mirko Antenucci is 15/8 to strike anytime.

Evans’ visitors are in 13th place and Forest in 15th but, with only one point separating the two teams heading into this super Sunday Championship encounter, the City Ground could witness an extremely tight match-up.


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Coral’s top tip: Back Leeds United to win and both teams to score at 9/1 in this Championship clash.

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Lee Gormley

Lee joined the Coral team in 2014 after studying at Leeds Trinity University, having moved across the water from Ireland, and has plenty of industry experience from his time with various news outlets in both England and Northern Ireland. After graduating with a BA Honours degree in Sports Journalism, he has since become an important member of the talented sports desk, passionately covering boxing, football and snooker, among many other sports. Lee is also a massive Manchester United and Republic of Ireland fan, but curbs any bias during his work, and outside of his job can be found regularly taking part in sport himself, such as boxing, GAA and football.