Patrick Bamford fancied to haunt Nottingham Forest and outpoint Lewis Grabban with Leeds United odds-on at City Ground

LEEDS UNITED are odds-on favourites to bounce back to winning ways at Nottingham Forest who are as big as 16-5 despite being on home turf.

Saturday, 8th February 2020, 11:50 am
SIXTEEN GOALS: For Nottingham Forest's top scorer Lewis Grabban but Leeds United's no 9 Patrick Bamford is a shorter price to net at the City Ground. Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images.

United's Patrick Bamford is 9-2 favourite to score first against the side with whom he began his career and Bamford - and Forest's Lewis Grabban are comfortably clear in the any time scorer market apart from Jean-Kevin Augustin.

Bamford is no bigger than 7-5 to score any time and Augustin is next in that market at 2-1 despite Whites head coach Marcelo Bielsa again declaring that the January recruit will only play when he is satisfied with his fitness. The 22-year-old also started for United's under-23s last night.

Consequently, Forest's leading scorer and 16-goal Lewis Grabban looks a better bet at 21-10 to net any time or 6-1 to notch first.

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United's Spanish magician Pablo Hernandez is next in the first scorer market at 15-2 with Mateusz Bogusz who is strangely high in the market each week then 8s along with new Whites recruit Ian Poveda and Tyler Roberts.

New recruit Nuno da Costa is then rated Forest's next biggest threat at 8-1 to score first while Forest's January player of the month nominee Joe Lolley is a big price at 10-1 to score first and 4-1 to net any time.

United's Jack Harrison is next at 11s followed by Gjanni Alioski, Mateusz Klich and Helder Costa plus Forest duo Joao Carvalho and Brennan Johnson and who are all at 12s.

Forest's six-foot-two centre back Tobias Figueiredo - who has already netted twice this season - also looks a big price at 40-1 to score first and 16s to net any time given United's problems in defending at set pieces.

Similarly, six-foot-four Forest centre-back Joe Worrall is 50s to score first and 20s to net any time.

But whoever finds the goals, Leeds are expected to come out on top with the Whites odds on across the board with 20-21 the best on offer and even a draw as big as 141-50.

A 1-1 draw is actually regarded the most likely outcome score wise at 13-2 but wins for Leeds either 1-0 (15-2), 2-1 (8-1) or 2-0 (9-1) are next in the market with 0-0 next at 12s and only then the first Forest winning score with 1-0 as big as 13-1.

A repeat of Forest's 4-2 success against Leeds of last New Year's Day is 100-1 and either way both teams to score is odds on at 4-5.