Nottingham Forest v Leeds United: YEP jury predictions

Pontus Jansson at Luton Town.

Pontus Jansson at Luton Town.

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Our YEP Jury have their say on Leeds United’s victory at Luton and the task ahead at Nottingham Forest tomorrow.

GARY NEWBOULD

Fresh from successfully progressing to round three of the EFL Cup, United travel down the M1 to take on Nottingham Forest at the City Ground tomorrow afternoon.

After ‘shuffling his pack’ entirely at Kenilworth Road it will be interesting to see what sort of starting line-up Garry Monk decides to employ next to the River Trent.

Despite the utterly predictable claims to include midweek-debutant-hero Tyler Denton I would expect his progress to be managed carefully, and it seems more likely that the first XI will be closer to those that triumphed so well at Hillsborough, rather than those that contributed to the Tuesday-night victory in Bedfordshire.

Having dispensed with the services of former United forward Dougie Freedman, Forest now have Philippe Montanier at the helm and the Reds currently lie in 11th position having won two and lost two of their opening four fixtures.

However, that tells only part of the story with some 18 goals having been scored in just those four matches involving Forest with an overall goal difference of minus two.

Given the Whites are not normally known for clean sheets (apart from the last two games), it would not be unreasonable to expect it to be raining goals down at the City Ground tomorrow afternoon.

Confidence is an amazing attribute in the game of football and that late, late Chris Wood goal at home to Fulham already feels like quite a pivotal moment in a season that is not yet a month old.

The recent addition (and second coming) of Liam Bridcutt also feels like an astute signing to try and galvanise the youthful and inexperienced talent that has clearly been evident during the early parts of the season.

The former Sunderland man will play a key role in trips like tomorrow’s and also when calm heads are required during what is always a frenetic division to ply your trade in.

The only possible changes to those that defeated The Owls would be the possible league debut of Pontus Jansson to add much-required steel and composure to the defence, and the likely inclusion of Tyler Denton on the bench.

I expect goals and hope for another victory on the road.

Prediction: Nottingham Forest 2 Leeds United 3.

KEITH INGHAM

Back-to-back wins, two clean sheets and three games unbeaten is a great week for Leeds United, especially after the uninspiring way the club had started the 2016/17 season.

The draw against Fulham was followed by wins over Sheffield and Luton in the EFL Cup. Somebody really needs to sponsor it next season!

Garry Monk surprised many by resting the complete XI that started at Hillsborough for the Luton game, giving debuts to Tyler Denton, who scored the winner – his first goal since he was 10 – and Pontus Jansson.

There were also first starts for Silvestri, Murphy and Doukara, proving the first-team door has not been shut for the rest of the squad.

The midweek win gives Monk a very pleasant headache. Does he bring back the XI that did so superbly at Hillsborough or do some of the team from Tuesday warrant another run-out? My guess is that the majority will be who started the win over Sheffield Wednesday, with goalscorer Denton probably given a place amongst the substitutes along with Dallas, Jansson and Doukara.

Hopefully Leeds can go into the international break with at least a draw under their belts. Forest have been involved in two seven-goal thrillers so far this season but I expect a much tighter match. These games usually are.

Prediction: Nottingham Forest 1 Leeds United 1.

DAVID WATKINS

A trip to Forest is never easy. Both their home games this season have ended in 4-3 wins – against Burton and then Wigan.

They have lost their two away games in the Championship, at Brighton and Brentford, without scoring but, like Leeds, progressed in the EFL Cup with an impressive win at Millwall this week.

Again, like Leeds, most of their regular first XI players were rested.

It is tempting to think Leeds, should we play as we did at Hillsborough, ought to be capable of another three points, but that would also be to assume Forest will miss as many chances as Wednesday.

My guess is a high-scoring draw is the likely outcome.

Prediction: Nottingham Forest 2 Leeds United 2.

STEPHEN CLARK

What a difference a week makes. Heading into the Sheffield Wednesday game there were a few dark clouds hanging over the Leeds United team but two wins in a week have seen the optimism return, and the Whites travel to Nottingham in good spirits.

Garry Monk rotated his squad and will be delighted with how his second string XI performed against a very lively looking Luton Town side who had put Aston Villa out in the previous round. The performances of the likes of Pontus Jansson, Pablo Hernandez and Kemar Roofe in particular will leave the Leeds boss scratching his head when it comes to selecting his team to take on Forest.

One man who probably won’t force his way in to the side is Tyler Denton, but he can be very proud of his performance on Tuesday night, and Charlie Taylor cannot let his mind wonder too far away from the job in hand if he is to retain his place in the long term.

Forest have been the entertainers of the division so far, with back-to-back 4-3 wins in the League so far. Leeds will fancy their chances of getting on the scoresheet and being a little bit tighter at the back. I would be happy to collect an away point from this one.

Prediction: Nottingham Forest 1 Leeds United 1.

MIKE GILL

After the wonderful result against Sheffield Wednesday, Garry Monk said the Luton game was important to win in order to keep the momentum going.

He then made 11 changes to the starting line-up and you could be forgiven for thinking that he was contradicting himself.

That is until you witnessed a cohesive performance by players, most of whom are capable of winning a regular start.

Forest are a bit of a riddle this season; they have scored and conceded goals freely in almost equal proportions.

Another tough one to call but I’m trusting ‘Monk’s Momentum’ to carry Leeds through.

Prediction: Nottingham Forest 1 Leeds United 2.

MATTHEW EVANS

Back-to-back wins and clean sheets featuring 23 different players underpins a team and a manager growing in confidence that there is actually a squad with half a chance at Leeds this season.

The main difference is that, for the first time since Simon Grayson left, we actually carry some threat in attack. That eases the pressure on our defence and means we are far more adaptable, we’re forcing opposition teams to think about how to deal with us first.

Forest will pose a stronger test than Luton and, despite the good stuff, there were moments of worry at Kenilworth Road. Garry Monk should revert to the XI that started at Hillsborough last week and we can consider a draw a good result and further solid progress.

Prediction: Nottingham Forest 1 Leeds United 1.

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