Chris Sutton details Leeds United fan interaction as he predicts big win over Nottingham Forest
Chris Sutton expects Leeds United to go at Nottingham Forest “ferociously” in the next game and come away with a 3-1 win in the Premier League.
An abject defensive display at Brentford led to a 5-2 thrashing last weekend (3 September) but at the same time Forest threw away a two goal lead against an otherwise struggling Bournemouth side in what Sutton believes was the more damaging experience.
The pundit made a point to mention the attention he’s been getting from Whites fans this season for his predictions, but has given them the benefit of the doubt on this one as Jesse Marsch’s men look to get back to winning ways.
On his weekly BBC Sport predictions Sutton said: “I’ve been getting a lot of stick from fans of both of these teams – with Leeds it was because I said at the start of the season that they would go down and, from Nottingham Forest supporters, it was because I have predicted they would suffer a couple of heavy defeats.
“Leeds fans were really getting on my case in August when I was saying they would lose games – but maybe that’s not a bad thing from their point of view because, every time I have predicted they would get a positive result, they got beaten.
“Let’s see what happens here. I think home advantage will help Leeds and their high-intensity style a lot, and we are still waiting for Forest to knit together after signing so many players.
“I may be wrong but I think for Forest to lose at home to Bournemouth last week, after leading 2-0, could have been really damaging for them, and their support.
“We should find out a bit about Forest’s resilience with their reaction at Elland Road because I am expecting Leeds to go at them quite ferociously, but their next game, at home to Fulham, already looks massive.”
So many things went wrong at Brentford, with the defence and the officials competing to undercut the United attackers the most, that all Marsch can ask for is that it to be chalked up as a bad day at the office and forgotten about as quickly as possible.
In front of the Elland Road crowd they have to capitalise on any doubt in the minds of Steve Cooper’s men, who last week proved they are there to be got at even if they have an apparently comfortable lead.
The close of the transfer window and all the ridiculous drama that went with that, as well as the downturn in results since the unbeaten record was lost, is in danger of derailing a positive start to the year for Leeds United.
The manager, having been burned one too many times with his red card in west London is likely to be less distracted by the officials from now on and more focused on his team.
If he can avoid making the kind of stupefying substitutions that he made last time out, where he removed two of his biggest attacking threats in Luis Sinisterra and Joe Gelhardt when he was chasing the game, and focus more on keeping his defence in check that should help.
He is sure to bring Liam Cooper back into the XI if the captain is fit enough, although with Diego Llorente and Robin Koch having equally poor afternoons it will be a toss up who deserves to drop out.
Get back to winning ways on Monday night (12 September) and that should keep the club comfortably in the top half to restore some positive feeling around the place.
In other Leeds United news, Keith Hackett has backed the Whites boss “100%” after what happened to them last week.