Nottingham Forest v Leeds Utd Match Thread - Big Kev on the bench!
06 Feb 2020 10:16 am, by Ellandback1
Nottingham Forest v Leeds Utd
Saturday 8th February 2020 17.30 | The City Ground
Second placed Leeds travel down to the East Midlands for a tea time kick off against promotion hopefuls Nottingham Forest. Four points and two places separate the teams, but more worryingly Leeds recent form over the last 8 games see the Whites tiltering just above the relegation zone in 19th place with Barnsley, whereas Forest top the form guide with 17 points over the last eight games.
Will we see wholesale changes in the Leeds line up following the shambolic display against Wigan at the weekend? Augustin completed 45 minutes for the reserves on Monday and again on Friday night but looks rusty by all accounts. Surely, the only way of gaining match fitness is actually playing for the first team? Will he even be on the bench? What about Poveda? Should he be given an opportunity to show what he can do? Do Bamford and Casilla deserve to be in the starting line up> If not, who would you start instead?
Leeds legend Eddie Gray certainly believes that Augustin should make his debut on Saturday...
I think definitely he’ll be used. Scoring goals has been a problem recently. Patrick Bamford scored his couple against Millwall and you’re hoping he’s going to go on a run and score seven or eight. It never happened for him at the weekend.
But that’s why it’s always good to have someone there. He’s scored goals in decent leagues, so hopefully he can come in and be a great asset for the football club. It will give everyone a lift, the fans, his teammates and that’s what you’re looking for.
Kalvin Phillips remains unavailable because of suspension but Gaetano Berardi is in contention after recovering from a calf injury. Could that mean Ben White moved into defensive midfield? Nottingham Forest have midfielder Samba Sow back after a knee injury whilst striker Nuno Da Costa is expected to be among the substitutes and could make his debut. Another new signing, Adama Diakhaby, is pushing to start after two appearances from the bench.
Nottingham Forest have lost just one of their previous seven home league games against Leeds (W4 D2), a 2-0 defeat in August 2017. Leeds have only won two of their past 14 league games against Nottingham Forest (W2 D6 L6), winning both games during 2017. Only 47% of Nottingham Forest's points have come from home matches, the second lowest percentage in the Championship this season ahead of only Bristol City (44%). Leeds have won two of their previous 10 games in all competitions (D3 L5) since winning seven in a row in November/December.
Leeds Starting XI
Casilla, Ayling, White, Cooper, Alioski, Klich, Costa, Dallas, Hernandez, Harrison, Bamford
Subs: Meslier, Roberts, Berardi, Augustin, Struijk, Shackleton, Stevens