Nottingham Forest suffered 2:1 loss on the road to Birmingham City last weekend, but are the only ones to be blamed for it.
They had the lead thanks to a goal from Silva in the 18th minute and even missed the penalty kick towards the end of the first halftime, being way better during it. However, they conceded a goal in the next attack and it generally looked like their gameplay has collapsed from that moment on.
They maintained with more of the possession, but in a generally uncreative way. The home side was the one that reached the winning goal with a goal from Pedersen in the 74th minute, with the guests failing to respond later on.
It was their first loss after seven rounds (five victories and two draw matches), as the side now stands four points below second-placed Leeds and a victory here would bring them as close as possible to the direct promotion battle.
Grabban should lead their attack in a version of a 4-2-3-1 formation. Right-back Darikwa remains out, as well as midfielder Sow (16/0).
Leeds suffered a completely unexpected defeat last Saturday afternoon when the team welcomed Wigan Athletics in a narrow 0:1 loss.
However, it needs to be said that it was the home side that has created far more and looked like having control over the match, but the goals were missing. The visitors took the lead via an own goal from Hernandez in the 59th minute, with the home team remaining far better however without scoreline change.
It was the third defeat for Leeds in the last four rounds, as the side stands at the second position but needs to improve urgently.
The guests should appear in a version of a 4-1-4-1 formation with Bamford as a central striker. Defensive midfielder Phillips (27/1) is suspended for this one. Injured remain left-back Douglas (11/0) and midfielder Forshaw (7/0).
A lot at stake here, since the match can be regarded as one of the six-pointers in a promotional battle. Nottingham Forest is now a slight underdog, but can’t afford to drop points here if they are to enter the race for the first two positions.
Nottingham is in a good home run and can not be underestimated, while Leeds surely comes to prove here a lot. They did suffer back to back away defeats combined with FA Cup, but another negative result isn’t an option now and I believe we will see them as attacking as possible as well.