Forest vs Leeds betting tips TODAY: Augustin to score on debut in Championship goal fest, plus Man City vs West Ham – The Sun

TWELVE Premier League teams are on the beach for England's first ever winter break.

But fear not, because there's still plenty of action to get our teeth into from the top-flight – as well as a game which could have huge implications at the top of the Championship.

Nottingham Forest vs Leeds (Saturday, 5.30pm)

DOES nobody want promotion to the Premier League this season?

Since throwing away a 3-0 lead at home against Cardiff in December, Leeds have picked up eight points from a possible 24.

They continue to shoot themselves in the foot and Saturday's miserable 1-0 defeat to Wigan saw them fire in 10 shots off target infront of a despairing Elland Road.

Forest and the chasing pack have been quietly putting together a run while Leeds have been floundering about – and a win for the home side will put them just one point behind Marcelo Bielsa's side.

Leeds fans were furious that new signings Jean-Kevin Augustin and Ian Poveda didn't get on the field at all in the Latics debacle.

But Bielsa is not one to bow to any sort of pressure – and might even be coy with Augustin after the forward picked up a knock in an under-23s game earlier this week.

The sides played out a 1-1 draw back in August and we're expecting both teams to net again, which is a generous 3/4.

Predicting results in the Championship is a bad idea. It's a mad league.

Forest have the ability to self-destruct themselves – and were wasteful in the 2-1 defeat to Birmingham last time out.

Basically, leave the result market well alone and go in for goals.

If Leeds don't start Patrick Bamford – and it's a big if with Bielsa – we fancy Augustin to play and to mark his debut with a goal.

Why? Because this Leeds team is ready made for a player like him. Great first touch, an instinctive finisher – he'll get three or four golden chances a game, just as Bamford does.

The difference is, this boy can actually finish. 2/1 on him anytime? Dive in.

Otherwise, take the both teams to score and have a dabble on the monster 12/5 on over 3.5 goals.

For a huge promotion scrap under the lights, that's far too big.

SunSport's best bets

Both teams to score at the City Ground: 3/4

Over 3.5 goals: 12/5

Jean-Kevin Augustin to net at anytime: 2/1

Man City vs West Ham (Sunday, 4.30pm)

IF Pep had any hair, he'd have torn it out this season.

Guardiola continues to see his defending champions bungle their way through this title defence, with his side a quite ridiculous 22-points behind Liverpool going into this one.

With a little help from our friends at VAR last week, it was another defeat on the road as Spurs picked up a 2-0 win over ten-man City.

But when you need three points in this league, just send over West Ham.

The Hammers are still very much in a relegation scrap and surrendered what would have been a massive three points last time out against Brighton.

That 3-3 draw might have been entertaining for the neutral, but it left David Moyes fuming as his Hammers remained rooted in the bottom three.

We all know there's a power gap in the top-flight, there's no need to spell it out.

But West Ham are 22/1 to win a LEAGUE game. It's crazy.

We're almost tempted to say chuck a quid on just in case.

Then again, this is West Ham.


They're winless in five Premier League matches and have won just three of 12 on the road this season.

And their record at Eastlands is pretty appalling, tasting defeat on 11 of their last twelve visits to this stadium.

Basically, save that quid and invest it in City's goalscoring tally.

On four of the last five meetings, Man City have scored four or more against the Hammers.

If they're on song against a West Ham defence which was bamboozled by Brighton the other week, then they can do it again.

That's an evens shot, which represents just how much confidence the bookies have that this is a walkover.

If we're chasing value, West Ham have managed to score on four of their last five visits to Eastlands and both teams to net is an excellent 19/20.

Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling are all odds-on to net at anytime and there's no value there.

Instead, take the 8/5 on Kevin De Bruyne finding his shooting boots after seven games without a goal.

SunSport's best bets

City to score four goals or more: Evens

Both teams to net: 19/20

Kevin De Bruyne to score 11th goal of the season: 8/5

*Odds correct at time of publication

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