Our YEP Jury have their say on Leeds United’s Championship clash at Nottingham Forest.
These are heady days for Leeds fans and we’ve not experienced our usual rollercoaster yet this season.
Unbeaten and playing our best football in years only Forest can prevent an almost-perfect start to the campaign.
In Samuel Saiz and Gianni Alioski we also have magicians to rival Harry Potter.
With Jay-Roy Grot only joining yesterday, I’d expect him to have only a watching brief, so with Chris Wood and Souleymane Doukara gone and Caleb Ekuban injured it’s likely Kemar Roofe will take the central striking role again; he’ll be full of confidence following his midweek hat-trick.
I’d expect the rest to be unchanged from last Saturday’s starting XI.
All six of Forest’s games have been settled by a one-goal margin but all bar one league game went in their favour, including, impressively, 2-1 against Middlesbrough. Only one clean sheet suggests we ought to score and I expect another close game.
But I’m guessing we might nick it.
Prediction: Nottingham Forest 1 Leeds United 2.
Unbeaten in all competitions, goals coming from midfield and still a good ‘vibe’ around the club, despite losing a certain player to a Premier League team.
Tomorrow Leeds face an impressive Nottingham Forest team, added to in midweek by the signing of ex-Leeds United captain Liam Bridcutt. They, like ourselves, seem to have found owners that are more interested in matters on the field than off it.
Mark Warburton is a very good manager with a successful spell at Brentford behind him. He also guided Rangers back to the Scottish Premiership before leaving for the Forest post.
Kemar Roofe played as a central striker against Newport County and duly weighed in with three goals in the 5-1 win. Whether he keeps the role depends on whether Leeds are able to recruit a replacement for Chris Wood.
There definitely needs to be at least two brought into the club before the transfer window shuts.
I can’t see many changes to the team that beat Sunderland.
Caleb Ekuban is definitely out so Thomas Christainsen may opt for either Roofe through the middle or use Gianni Alioski or Samuel Saiz as a central striker.
Pablo Hernandez is rated 50/50 after coming off at Sunderland with a hip injury, Gaetano Berardi and Matthew Pennington definitely out again.
Another televised game means a tea-time kick-off. A point added to the points total tomorrow would be a good result for Leeds.
Prediction: Nottingham Forest 1 Leeds United 1.
LEEDS United have scored seven goals since Chris Wood effectively walked out on the club so fears have been allayed that any kind of goal drought would arise from his absence.
It was a slow start on Tuesday night that meant Newport County took an unlikely lead in the EFL Cup round two tie at Elland Road – although I didn’t think United were anywhere near as bad in the first half as some of the post match analysis made out.
In any case, Kemar Roofe led an emphatic comeback with a speedy hat-trick and Samuel Saiz and Ronaldo Vieira made sure that Leeds were represented in yesterday morning’s farcical third round draw, held overnight, from China with nobody watching.
The draw sent us to Turf Moor for an early reunion with Charlie Taylor and Wood himself.
Jay Roy Grot’s arrival is one to watch for tomorrow evening’s televised game at Nottingham Forest but you’d be daft to bet against us at the moment either way.
Prediction: Nottingham Forest 1 Leeds United 3.
After Saturday’s great result at Sunderland and the second-half demolition of Newport County, we anticipate the trip to the City Ground with confidence.
Playing in his preferred position of out-and-out striker, Kemar Roofe showed us why he is such a great prospect. Therefore, despite injuries and whether new signing(s) are available for selection or not, a strong performance against Forest should take us into the international break with smiles on our faces.
After the break, Thomas Christiansen should be faced with more ‘nice’ selection problems.
Forest have made a good start to the season, winning three games including the defeat of Middlesbrough on the opening day.
Manager Mark Warburton is very experienced at this level and United can expect tough opposition.
About a year ago, we lost at the City Ground in a bizarre game.
This time I’m going for a narrow win.
Prediction: Nottingham Forest 0 Leeds United 1.
Fresh from midweek progression to round three of the Carabao Cup, courtesy of a strong second-half showing, the Whites travel to the City Ground tomorrow evening for their third television appearance of the season already.
Whilst United remain unbeaten thus far, the home side lie one point and one place better off than their visitors and were themselves boosted by upsetting Newcastle United at St James’ Park in midweek in the cup.
Tomorrow’s match may well see former Whites’ captain Liam Bridcutt make his debut for Forest, whilst the visitors have injury concerns over Vernon Anita, Pablo Hernandez and Caleb Ekuban.
After a midweek hat-trick in the cup, Kemar Roofe has made a strong claim to start and another high-impact substitute appearance has provided Samuel Saiz with similar strong claims. Also Jay-Roy Grot could be in the mix.
This is not one of United’s most lucky venues so the first aim has to be for a clean sheet and at least to remain unbeaten.
Prediction: Nottingham Forest 1 Leeds United 1.