2022-23 Premier League: Week 29 – Leeds United vs Nottingham Forest

Leeds United host Nottingham Forest at Elland Road in a crunch clash in the race for Premier League survival.

Victory would see Leeds climb to 13th in the table if Bournemouth fail to win elsewhere, whilst Forest themselves can go 13th with a win.


Team News

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Leeds have no fresh injury concerns to report following their 4-1 defeat at Arsenal on Saturday, as Patrick Bamford looks to start after he was used as a substitute in North London.

Wilfried Gnonto (ankle) and Max Wober (hamstring) again aren’t expected to be available but Tyler Adams (hamstring), Adam Forshaw (hip) and Stuart Dallas (thigh) remain ruled out.

Forest could be without Serge Aurier and Gustavo Scarpa as the pair recover from knocks.

Dean Henderson (muscle), Omar Richards (leg), Giulian Biancone (knee), Ryan Yates (shouder), Willy Boly, Scott McKenna (both hamstring), and Chris Wood (thigh) remain absent.


When is Kick-Off?

Leeds host Forest at Elland Road in a 7:45pm BST kick-off on Tuesday 4 April, albeit untelevised live in UK but Sky will broadcast highlights at 11:15pm.


Stat Attack

  • Leeds are winless in their last six league meetings against Forest (D3, L3).
  • Forest have won just one of their last six visits to Elland Road (W1, D4, L1).
  • Each of Leeds’ last two meetings against Forest at Elland Road finished in a 1-1 draw.
  • No Leeds player this season has converted more shots onto target than Rodrigo, who has put 22 shots onto target in 21 appearances.
  • Two of Forest’s three league goals scored away from home in 2023 have been scored after the 82nd minute, except for Taiwo Awoniyi’s 27th minute winner at Southampton in January.



Although getting anything at Arsenal was always a tall order, Leeds can take confidence from how they really took the game to the Gunners in terms of attack, yet their defence in the end were well-beaten in quality and marking in the end.

Forest meanwhile were absolutely solid against Wolves but just failed to execute many of their chances which was ultimately punished by an impressive equaliser, so I do expect more of the same performance wise but with better finishing and less diving.

This game though is an absolute must-win given that there is just one point separating both clubs so I do expect a proper contest, especially if Leeds can play like they did at Arsenal but with better defending whilst Forest tidy up their end product.

A draw therefore feels like a decent outcome if both teams can make those improvements upon their performances last weekend.

Prediction: Leeds United 1-1 Nottingham Forest

Result: Leeds United 2-1 Nottingham Forest

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