Nottingham Forest v Leeds United

26 Aug

Britt Assombalonga

Britt Assombalonga has scored 19 goals in 39 appearances for Forest following his £5.5m move from Peterborough United

BBC coverage

How to follow:
BBC local radio; live text commentary on the BBC Sport website

Nottingham Forest may hand a debut to goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic, who has signed from Israeli side Maccabi Haifa.

Striker Britt Assombalonga is recovering from a hamstring injury and may not be risked.

The only injury concern for Leeds United remains full-back Gaetano Berardi (hamstring).

Head coach Garry Monk is expected to make several changes, having rotated his entire team for the EFL Cup second-round win at Luton on Tuesday.


BBC Radio Nottingham’s Nottingham Forest correspondent Colin Fray:

“No one can doubt the first two home games have been exciting for Forest; they have won both 4-3. But the challenge ahead of them is to stem the flow of goals against them, as they are yet to keep a clean sheet.

“In front of the goalkeeper, though, the defence has been unique to each game, giving little chance to establish a solid unit. There have been five different left-backs (or wing-backs) in their six games.

“In Leeds, Forest will face a sterner test than in their previous home games. With all of their points so far coming in their last two matches, Leeds will arrive in confident mood, but with eight goals from two home games so far, Forest’s bright attacking should test Garry Monk’s side, too.”

Match facts

  • Forest are unbeaten in seven league games against Leeds (W4 D3).
  • Leeds have won just twice in their last 20 league trips to the City Ground, drawing 11 and losing seven.
  • Nottingham Forest teenager Oliver Burke has scored three league goals from four shots on target so far this season; surpassing his 2015-16 goals tally of two.
  • Marcus Antonsson has scored in two of his first three away games for Leeds in all competitions.
  • Britt Assombalonga has scored four goals in his last four league games, including the game’s opening goal on two of those occasions.
  • Leeds (eight) have registered the joint-fewest shots on target in the Championship this season alongside Rotherham.


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