Nottingham Forest will be glad to get to home soil this weekend as they take on Leeds United at the City Ground in front of the Sky Cameras.
Nottingham Forest Team News:
Forest will welcome back 5 players from International duty after their midweek excursions as well as Kelvin Wilson who is likely to return after an ankle injury making the team unrecognisable from the one that lost to Bradford in the midweek cup tie. In will come Earnshaw, Gunter, Majewski & Bertrand as well as the aforementioned Wilson while Paul McKenna and Dexter Blackstock will also return to the starting line up after only making appearances from the bench on Tuesday.
Player to watch: Radoslaw Majewski
The Pole will be looking to prove his worth to the team after sitting out most of the first Championship game.
Leeds United Team News:
Leeds have a host of new signings to choose from in Kasper Schmeichel, Paul Connolly, Federico Bessone, Lloyd Sam, Sanchez Watt, Alex Bruce and Neil Collins but thier other new signing Billy Paynter out with shin injury.
Patrick Kisnorbo, Robert Snodgrass and Ben Parker will also miss out.
Max Gradel and David Somma will be missing as they are suspended after being sent off on the final day of last season.
Player to watch: Luciano Becchio
He scored 15 goals in 37 league games last season ^ has scored in both of Leeds early season games this term
Match Facts & Stats
Stats: Both teams lost their opening day fixtures but had differing levels of success in midweek in the Carling Cup, While Forest were going down 2 – 1 to Bradford in extra time Leeds had no trouble in brushing aside Lincoln City with a comfortable 4 – 0 home win.
There have been 74 league meetings between these two teams before, Leeds have the slightly better record have won 25 against Forest’s 21 wins.
Tony Bates of Staffordshire will take charge of this fixture, in his two games so far this season he’s issued 5 yellow cards & no red. He last took charge of a Forest game in February which the reds lost 1 – 0 to coventry, although it will be remembered more for being the 1st Championship game to be reffed by a woman after Mr Bates got a boo boo & had to go home. His last game involving Leeds was back in December 2008 when they went down 3 – 1 to MK Dons in game where no cards were issued.
He will be assisted by Mike George of Norfolk & Paul R Marsden of Lancashire
Forth Official will be Jock Waugh of South Yorkshire
Forest picked up where they left off in their last championship game with an away defeat, so I’m going for them to continue their excellent home form here with a 2 – 0 victory
21st August 2010
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