The three main Nottingham Forest threats to Leeds United this weekend

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We take a look at three Nottingham Forest players who could hurt Leeds United on Saturday.

Two of the Championship's most under-performing teams meet this weekend as Nottingham Forest take on Leeds United.

Both sides had harboured promotion ambitions at the start of the season and invested heavily in their squads over the summer.

However, they have made faltering starts and both will be looking for a win in Saturday's match to get their campaign back on track. 

Leeds lost last weekend to Fulham, while Forest could only manage a draw with Rotherham United meaning both sides go into the game struggling for confidence.

However, they both have a great deal of quality in their squad and if things click then they can be amongst the most dangerous in the division.

Forest highlighted this class during the early months of the season where they climbed to the top of the Championship table.

Since then the Reds' form has dipped considerably, but if they find their best, their attack makes them a match for anyone and Leeds boss Neil Redfearn will need to be wary of the danger they can pose if he is to guide the Whites to a crucial three points.

In this piece we take a look at three Forest players who have the potential to hurt Leeds if they are not at their very best defensively.

Britt Assombalonga

An obvious threat, the powerful front man has adapted to Championship football with ease. 

After impressing down in League One with Peterborough United, Forest parted with £5.5 million to bring him to the City Ground and the gamble has already paid dividends. 

Assombalonga is joint-second in the Championship's top scorer charts with 12 goals to his name for the season already and he looks like a player Forest can build their team around for many years. 

At 22-years-old, the Congolese-born forward still has a lot of developing to do, but his predatory touch cannot be taught and if Leeds give him a chance he is likely to take it.

Michail Antonio 

Another of Forest's major attacking weapons, Antonio may turn out to be one of the value transfers of the summer. 

Having scored nine league goals from out wide, the winger is looking like a snip at £1.5 million and his unothordox style means he is a nightmare for defenders. 

Pacey, strong and skilful, he possesses all the characteristics needed to be a threat to any opposition team and many of the good things Forest have done this year have gone through him. 

Leeds' full-backs face a tough challenge to stop him if they allow him to get into full flow. 

Jamie Paterson

It has taken a while for Paterson to force his way back into Stuart Pearce's starting line-up this season, but now he has he will be looking to make up for lost time.

Paterson was a major plus of Forest's last campaign, but he looked second choice at the club for much of the early part of Pearce's reign.

However, having been brought into action more recently, the youngster will be looking to prove his worth.

Capable of beating defenders with trickery and also a proven goalscorer at this level, Paterson is a winger with masses of potential and he is likely to be more motivated than most if picked to start this weekend. 

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