Nottingham Forest will welcome Leeds United to the City Ground on Sunday for a six-point Premier League relegation affair. Nottingham Forest go into the match in 13th place with 21 points from 20 fixtures.
Leeds United are 15th in the division and three points off Nottingham Forest in the battle for Premier League survival. The Whites are one point above the relegation zone going into the weekend and desperately need points to stay out of the bottom three.
Both Forest and Leeds were very active in the final days of the transfer window. Andre Ayew, Jonjo Shelvey, and Keylor Navas were just three of the names to arrive at Forest. Meanwhile, Leeds United were able to add midfielder Weston McKennie to their ranks before the window shut.
Sportsbooks’ best betting odds on Nottingham Forest winning at full-time are 13/8. Leeds United are at odds of 17/10 to win, while a draw is at the best betting odds of 23/10. Let’s explore some ideas for a bet builder for the Premier League fixture.
Nottingham Forest vs Leeds Bet Builder
Double chance Nottingham Forest win or draw
A double chance allows you to give the bet builder some insurance for Sunday’s game. Forest go into the match with 15 of their 21 points coming at home this season. They are unbeaten in six straight games at the City Ground.
Leeds United are not a strong away team in the Premier League. Just one of their last six games in the league finished as a victory. Indeed, Leeds United have won just once in nine road games in the league this term.
The Whites go into the match in decent form with back-to-back games ending without a defeat. Leeds defeated Accrington Stanley a week ago in the FA Cup fourth round without any trouble. The quality Forest offer is far greater than anything Leeds experienced away at Accrington.
Forest are unbeaten in three straight matches. However, two of those games, both defeats, were against Manchester United in the EFL Cup semifinals. Steve Cooper should have Nottingham Forest geared up for a relegation battle against Leeds United this weekend. Our betting tips prediction is to select a double chance Nottingham Forest win or draw.
Total Goals: Over 2.5 goals
There is a potential for goals between Nottingham Forest and Leeds United at the City Ground. Forest are one of the worst defensive sides in the Premier League. The Reds conceded 35 goals in their opening 20 games of the campaign. They conceded an average of 1.75 goals per match in the opening 20 fixtures.
Leeds have not done much better in defence this season in the league, conceding 33 goals in 19 matches. The Whites conceded an average of 1.74 goals per match. Their 33 goals allowed is the third-highest total this season.
Eleven of Forest’s 27 games in all competitions this season finished with over 2.5 goals. Five of Leeds United’s last six games in all competitions ended with over 2.5 goals. Jesse Marsch isn’t the best defensive coach, as his focus is often on the attack. Our betting tips prediction is for over 2.5 goals.
Both teams to score: YES
Nottingham Forest and Leeds United will both go for the win on Sunday at the City Ground. Three points could the difference between staying in the league and relegation at the end of the current campaign.
Leeds United showed some brilliant attacking quality in the FA Cup fourth round against Accrington. Yes, Accrington are a League One club, but Leeds cut through them with ease over and over again.
Nottingham Forest have again strengthened the squad. The club has signed around 30 players from the beginning of last summer’s transfer window. Some people think what Chelsea have done is ridiculous, yet the work Forest has done in the transfer market is even more absurd.
Five of Leeds’ last six games in all matches ended with both teams scoring goals. Forest saw both teams score in three of their last six games in all competitions.
Both teams to receive a card: YES
Emotions and tempers should run high on Sunday afternoon at the City Ground. With three massive points on offer, there is a strong possibility that cards will be handed out. Nottingham Forest are third in the Premier League in terms of the most cards received.
The Reds have picked up 44 yellow cards in 20 games (zero reds). Nottingham Forest averaged 2.2 cards per game in the opening 20 matches. Leeds, on the other hand, have 40 yellow cards and two red cards this season. Their combined total of 42 cards in 19 games saw them pick up an average of 2.21 cards per game.
Our betting tips prediction is for Nottingham Forest and Leeds to both receive cards on Saturday in a fiery fixture at the City Ground.
Tyler Adams to be carded
Leeds United will be without key centre-back Robin Koch for the game. Koch had been brilliant in recent weeks but the defender received his fifth yellow card of the season against Brentford last time out.
Defensive midfielder Tyler Adams will be tasked with protecting the Leeds central defence against Forest. The American international has played well at times this season, although the pace of the league may be more than the midfielder can handle.
Adams averages 3.57 tackles per game, 1.38 interceptions, and 1.96 blocks. Adams is second on the Leeds team in yellow cards received. The midfielder has four yellow cards this season, one behind team leader Koch. Our betting tips prediction is for Adams to be carded during the match. He will need to protect the defence, and with heavy tackles flying in, the American could be booked.