Nottingham Forest v Leeds United: Big match preview

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Check out our at a glance guide to Leeds United’s clash with Nottingham Forest at the City Ground.

Key Battle - Henri Lansbury v Lewis Cook

Between them this pair have bundles of energy and ability, and the midfield is where most Championship game are won and lost. Lansbury occupies a deep role for Forest but he likes to play box-to-box and he comes up with more than the occasional goal. Cook is a serious handful at his best and Leeds usually play well when he does.

Their personal contest will be crucial.

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Key Man - Nelson Oliveira

The Portuguese striker is on loan from Benfica and his CV makes interesting reading, showing time at Deportivo La Coruna and Swansea City. Oliveira has shown glimpses of talent at Forest and his goals in the past two months have made a big difference to their season, earning wins over Derby, Reading and MK Dons. Forest are crying out for a 20-goal forward.

Last time at The City Ground:

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Nottingham Forest 1 Leeds United 1

Goals: Forest - Fryatt 45. Leeds - Sharp 54pen

Phil Hay’s Verdict:

Leeds and Forest have done enough to be comfortably clear of trouble but both need a big Christmas if they’re to have a chance of striking for sixth place. Leeds have found in the past that playing on the back foot at The City Ground doesn’t often work and Steve Evans isn’t that sort of manager anyway. This will be feisty and competitive - and it’s a match United should be looking to win.

Match Odds:

Home win - 11/10

Draw - 5/2

Away win - 5/2

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