Predicted Leeds United side to play Nottingham Forest: Saiz and Vieira should start

General view of Elland Road before the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road on February 25, 2017 in Leeds, England.

Leeds United and Nottingham Forest go head-to-head next week.

A general view of Elland Road Stadium prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Brighton & Hove Albion at Elland Road on October 17, 2015 in Leeds, England.

Leeds United welcome Nottingham Forest to Elland Road on Monday for their first match of 2018, and the Whites will be hoping to take advantage of the fact that the visitors no longer have a manager following the shock sacking of Mark Warburton.

The former Rangers boss was ditched on Sunday, with Forest 14th in the league, and now Leeds will be hoping to inflict more woe on a side that would have been hoping to be in the top six at this stage of the campaign.

Thomas Christiansen manager of Leeds United looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Leeds United at City Ground on August 26, 2017 in Nottingham,...

That is where Leeds are heading into the clash, with Thomas Christiansen's side sitting fifth with 42 points to date.

While Leeds have had a decent month overall, the 1-0 defeat to Birmingham City last time out was a blow for a side that understands the importance of momentum as they bid to finally secure promotion back to the top flight.

Ronaldo Vieira missed the match against the Blues but Leeds will be hoping he is back for this encounter, while Samu Saiz should also return to the starting line-up after spending the majority of the last encounter on the bench.

With all that in mind, here is how we expect Leeds to line up against Forest on New Year's Day:

Predicted Leeds side to play Forest

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