Chris Sutton predicts result of Leeds United Premier League showdown v Nottingham Forest
Chris Sutton believes Leeds are still “too easy” to get at defensively after making his prediction for their Premier League clash with Nottingham Forest.
The Whites are winless in their last six Premier League games, which has seen them fall to 15th place in the table and just one point above the relegation zone.
After progressing to the FA Cup fifth round however they’re in good spirits, but BBC pundit Sutton wrote in his predictions column for BBC Sport (2 February) that he expects their wait for a win to continue because of their defensive issues and opted for a 2-2 draw at the City Ground.
“Nottingham Forest just keep on signing players – even though the January transfer window is closed they have just brought in Andre Ayew, who was a free agent, for what is their 29th signing since they won promotion to the Premier League in May,” he said.
“Those numbers are staggering and credit to Forest boss Steve Cooper for knitting a completely new team together, while continuing to add to it. Their results have been getting better too – yes, they are out of both cups now but they are four games unbeaten in the Premier League.
“That’s been enough for them to move above a Leeds side who have travelled in the opposite direction down the table but it is so close at the bottom that Jesse Marsch’s side would move back above them with a win.
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“It’s been a long time since Leeds picked up three points, however, and I don’t think their wait will end this weekend. I’ve said it many times before, but it is too easy to get at them.”
Leeds haven’t had a horrible season, but the results haven’t matched the performances so far for the most part and that has to change as soon as possible.
Jesse Marsch has been backed by the board in the transfer market and has brought in players that know him very well and should be able to hit the ground running.
Nottingham Forest have had a tough midweek fixture at Old Trafford that saw them dominated and eliminated from the Carabao Cup at the semi-final stage, so Leeds should be confident of getting a result here.
But this is now a stage where Leeds have to start winning games, even if the performances aren’t quite as good or as shiny as they can be, because it’s the results that are most important and will keep us in the division.
Sutton hasn’t been the best when it comes to picking Leeds results, so here’s hoping he’s wrong again this weekend.
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