Leeds vs Nottingham Forest preview: Championship clash live on Sky Sports Football
Last Updated: 27/10/18 5:41pm
Leeds defender Pontus Jansson will return to contention for his side's home game against Nottingham Forest.
Jansson sat out the midweek win against Ipswich due to a one-game ban and watched from the stands despite the recent birth of his baby daughter.
Fellow defender Gaetano Berardi has been ruled out due to a hamstring problem sustained on Wednesday night and left-back Barry Douglas (hamstring) is still unavailable. Midfielders Adam Forshaw and Stuart Dallas and left-back Tom Pearce are among those pushing for starts.
Nottingham Forest boss Aitor Karanka must decide whether to stick with the same side that started in their midweek win at Bolton. Karanka has no new injury issues, but made four changes on Wednesday night and has several selection dilemmas.
Skipper Danny Fox missed out due to a knock and will be assessed, while midfield pair Ben Osborn and Matty Cash are both pushing for recalls after stepping off the bench against Bolton. Centre-half Michael Dawson took over the captain's armband in Fox's absence and is expected to retain his place ahead of Michael Hefele.
Leeds have won two of their last three league matches against Nottingham Forest (D1) - they had won none of their eight prior to this run (D3 L5).
Since scoring seven goals in a 7-3 win in March 2012, Nottingham Forest have scored just four goals in six league matches at Elland Road against Leeds.
Leeds United playmaker Pablo Hernandez is creating a chance, on average, every 24 minutes in the Championship this season - the best ratio of any player to play 500 minutes; he has registered four assists, with only Conor Hourihane assisting more (5).
Nottingham Forest have won their last two away matches - as many as in their previous 22 away games in all competitions; Forest haven't won three consecutive away league matches since March 2013 under Billy Davies.
Leeds United haven't dropped a single point from leading positions in the Championship this season, winning all seven games in which they've gone ahead.
Nottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka has never won a league match at Elland Road (P3 W0 D1 L2) - his first Championship match was a 2-1 loss away at Leeds in November 2013 as Middlesbrough manager.
Leeds got back to winning ways and back to the top of the table after cruising past Ipswich in midweek, and now have Kemar Roofe and Pablo Hernandez back in full swing, which is huge for them.
Nottingham Forest have started turning a few draws into wins and Lewis Grabban has found his goalscoring form as well. There should be a few goals at Elland Road but I think Leeds will just about have enough.
David Prutton predicts: 3-2 (28/1 with Sky Bet)