Competition: Sky Bet Championship Date: Saturday 8th February 2020 Venue: The City Ground Kick-Off: 17:30 BST Referee: Oliver Langford
Samba Sow missed last weekend’s trip to Birmingham City last weekend, but Sabri Lamouchi has revealed pre-match that the midfielder is available for selection against Leeds.
Both Nuno da Costa and Adama Diakhaby joined in January but are likely to have to settle for a place on the bench.
Tyler Walker was also recalled from his season-long loan at Lincoln City, but is unlikely to challenge Lewis Grabban for a place in the starting line-up.
As for Leeds United, Marcelo Bielsa does have a few selection headaches to contend with for this game.
Midfielder Kalvin Phillips remains suspended after being shown a straight red against Queens Park Rangers in January.
Bielsa may be tempted to bring Jean-Kevin Augustin into the starting line-up ahead of Patrick Bamford.
Gaetano Berardi is also back in contention after recovering from a calf injury.
The Whites go head-to-head with the Reds knowing that a win could see them move seven points clear of Lamouchi’s men in the race for promotion.
The Whites have only won one of their last five outings in the Championship. They were beaten by struggling Wigan Athletic at Elland Round last weekend and are clearly struggling for form.
Forest will be hoping to return to winning ways after having their own automatic promotion hopes dented with defeat at Birmingham.
Despite Saturday’s defeat against the Blues, the Reds remain fourth in the table. Lamouchi’s men did more than enough to beat Birmingham, but weren’t able to kill the game off.
Lamouchi will be hoping his side can continue their recent good run of form at home. The Reds haven’t lost at home since 14 December against Sheffield Wednesday.
Forest (4-2-3-1): Samba; Cash, Figueiredo, Worrall, Ribeiro; Watson, Sow; Lolley, Silva, Ameobi; Grabban.
Leeds (4-2-3-1): Casilla; Ayling, White, Cooper, Dallas; Klich, Roberts; Harrison, Hernández, Costa; Bamford.
One to watch
With four goals and four assists in 18 appearances so far this season, it’s hard to look beyond midfielder Pablo Hernández as the one to watch.
The former Valencia and Swansea City midfielder has been a key player for Leeds over the last three years or so. He seems to be loving life under Bielsa, and remains one of the most dangerous playmakers in the division.
The 34-year-old netted the opening goal back in August as the Reds came from behind to draw 1-1 at Elland Road. The Reds will have to ensure they don’t give the midfielder the same amount of space on Saturday.
General admission tickets for tomorrow’s game sold out over a week ago. The only way home supporters can secure a seat for tomorrow’s game is by purchasing a Legends’ Lounge hospitality package from the ticket office online or in person.
Nottingham Forest’s clash with Leeds United will be available to watch live on Sky Sports Main Event with coverage getting underway at 5pm. There will also be highlights of the game broadcast on EFL on Quest at 9pm on Saturday.
BBC Radio Nottingham will have live match commentary on frequency 103.8.