Leeds returned to the top of the Championship midweek with a routine win against struggling Ipswich.
However, they face a much tougher prospect this evening as Nottingham Forest travel to Elland Road. Aitor Karanka’s men are looking like a growing force in the Championship, having lost only one of their last eight matches in all competitions, and only two all season. Marcelo Bielsa knows that his team will have to be at their best to suppress a very strong Forest attack, particularly The Whites’ defence.
The Reds’ striker Lewis Grabban now has eight goals in his last eight matches, and is fresh from a brace against Bolton midweek. The Argentinian, however, will be buoyed by the return of 6ft 4 defender Pontus Jansson from a one match suspension, but will also expect a lot from his partner Liam Cooper. Bielsa has tended to opt for four at the back, with two centre-backs, in Leeds’ bigger games of the season so far, and it looks as though Jansson and Cooper may get the nod today.
But it is the Scot, Cooper, that has played the most for The Peacocks so far this season, and will be the man that the boss hopes will keep the potent striker at bay today. If he does, it will surely go a long way in ensuring The Whites get the win.
If Leeds do win today, they are likely to stay at the top of the league, barring sizeable wins for Middlesbrough or Sheffield United. Most importantly, a win would send out a powerful message to the rest of the league.