Both sides lost by a single goal at the weekend so will welcome the chance to get straight back into action and hopefully earn some points.
Leeds lost a Yorkshire derby at home against Barnsley, whilst Forest went down 1-0 at Cardiff. Both sides have been inconsistent this season but Leeds are sitting in the play-off places whilst their opponents are 17th, just four points above the drop zone.
The home side can be backed at odds of 13/10 (Coral – £30 free betting) to win this one but given the away record of the Whites it may be worth putting your money on them. They have won four and drawn one of their last six away from Elland Road and at odds of 85/40 (Victor Chandler – £75 free bets) will attract plenty of money here. Given the home side have lost four of the six games played on their own soil against top half sides we certainly think Grayson’s men look like good value.
Forest have a terrible defensive record in front of their own fans and with the Yorkshire side scoring an average of 1.78 goals per game on the road, a clean sheet looks unlikely for the home side. Leeds’ top scorer Ross McCormack ended his goal drought with a consolation against Barnsley and he looks likely to add to his tally in this one.
Forest don’t have a striker anywhere near as prolific as that and if they are to start moving up the table they need to get more out of Marcus Tudgay and Matt Derbyshire. The two have just four league goals between them and need to start scoring on a regular basis. There should be goals in this game though, with over 2.5 a solid shout at 4/5 (bet365).
This will be a tight match but Leeds’ away record is too good to ignore and we think Forest will have their work cut out.