Head-to-Head: How do 19th placed Leeds compare to play-off chasing Forest?

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Nottingham Forest against Leeds United this weekend could be tigher than many anticipate.

Leeds United head to Nottingham Forest this weekend as underdogs to end a losing run and start a climb up the Championship table.

It will be a difficult game against Stuart Pearce’s side who were one of the pace setters over the first chunk of the season.

  GoalsGoals ConcededAccurate CrossWon TackleAccurate PassAppearances
Forest 31 26 125 293 5,909 21
Leeds 24 31 61 339 6,976 21

Forest are ahead in terms of the basic stats of goals scored and conceded.

They have a better attack and a more effective defence so Leeds need to work hard to try and keep the game tight, backing themselves to make the most of any good half chances, which fall their way.

Forest are playing much wider football at the moment, which should be a worry to Leeds because of their midfield diamond.

Neil Redfearn can’t allow his team to become stretched and Pearce is likely to tell his side to look for big gaps of space to exploit, if they can stretch the Leeds midfield.

The stats suggest that the heart and determination being shown by Leeds this season can’t be faulted.

They’re putting in more tackles and protecting possession more effectively with more accurate passes.

Leeds need to be wary of a high pressing game from Forest because Pearce will be wary of Leeds’ talented young and creative players from having too much time on the ball because they make it difficult for their opposition to win it back.

Leeds could surprise a few people in this game, but they need to be wary of leaving themselves too open across the middle of their team.

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