Tomorrow sees a resurgent Leeds United face a rampant Nottingham Forest at Eland Road in front of what experts are predicting will be a bumper 30,000-plus crowd. With Forest doing well on their travels away from the City Ground and Leeds being stingy at Elland Road, both sets of supporters will be hoping that they can get something out of the game.
This game is going to feature two of the Championships in-form sides over the last six league games, Leeds being particularly effective in 2015. Up until the turn of 2015, Leeds were in 20th place in the Championship with only 24 points in the bag. The Leeds United v.2015 has since played 12 games and garnered 23 points at the rate of 1.92 points per game (p/p game). Over the last six Championship games, Leeds United find themselves as the 5th-ranked team in the Championship with 12 points (2.00 p/p game) and come into the game on a two-game winning streak with wins over playoff-chasing Ipswich Town (2-1) and relegation-threatened Wigan Athletic (1-0). Forest find themselves as the 3rd-ranked form team over the last six league games. Nottingham Forest arrive at Elland Road on the back of a 2-1 reverse to Charlton and a 2-1 victory over Middlesbrough. In terms of home fixtures, Leeds are the 12th-ranked form team in the division, gaining 10 points over the last six games at Elland Road and conceding 6 goals. In terms of away fixtures, Nottingham Forest arrive as the 3rd-ranked team in the division, gaining a similar 10 points to Leeds but scoring 15 goals into the bargain.
One thing for certain, there will be goals at Elland Road tomorrow with Forest arriving in a prolific form of scoring whilst Leeds themselves are miserly at the back. Forest have scored 16 goals over their last six games (2.67 goals p/game) but this could be blunted by Leeds’ defence which has only conceded 6 goals (1.00 goals p/game) over the last six games.
Over the course of all Leeds United home games this season, Leeds have conceded a meagre 17 goals in total (0.94 goals p/game) and have kept 7 clean sheets into the bargain; these returns are good enough to place them [Leeds] as the division’s 4th-ranked home team by defence. Similarly, Nottingham Forest come into the game with the division’s 4th-ranked attack away from home, scoring 27 goals (1.50 goals p/game) and have only failed to score on five games whilst away from home.
With Nottingham Forest missing their leading scorer in 15-goal striker Britt Assombalonga, the goal-scoring duties will depend on 11-goal English forward Michail Antonio and 9-goal ex-Arsenal midfielder Henri Lansbury; two players the Leeds defence will have to keep close tabs on. The thing is though, Forest will come up against a Leeds United defence being superbly marshalled by Sol Bamba, their loan signing from Palermo.
Bamba is already on his way to becoming something of a cult hero in West Yorkshire with his high defensive output, consistency and the calming influence that he has had on those around him. Bamba leads the Championship with 3.4 successful tackles per game from 3.8 tackle attempts. Over the games since he signed on loan, Bamba has made 31 successful tackles with only 3 times where he has been dribbled by an opponent; an overall tackle success rate of 91.20%. Sol Bamba also brings solid anticipation and instinct to the Leeds backline, allowing him to lead the Championship in opponent passes intercepted per game (4.6 interceptions p/game).