Two of this season’s promotion hopefuls go head to head at the City Ground this weekend, as Wolverhampton Wanderers travel to Nottingham Forest.
Former Porto manager Nuno Espírito Santo has made an instant impact since his summer arrival. Wolves sit 4th in the table, just three points behind league leaders Leeds United. New signings Willy Boly, Ruben Neves and Diogo Jota have really hit the ground running in the early stages of this season, with the latter scoring the winner in last Saturday’s 1-0 win at home to Millwall.
Nottingham Forest currently sit in 8th place in the Championship, two points behind Saturday’s opponents Wolves. During the summer Mark Warburton brought in some exciting players, including Barry McKay from his old club Rangers and Everton starlet Kieran Dowell. Forest have one of their best squads in years and will be looking to improve on last seasons 21st place finish.
Nottingham Forest come into the game on the back of a 1-0 success at Sunderland, courtesy of a late Daryl Murphy goal. This was a much-needed victory after suffering consecutive defeats at the hands of Leeds and Sheffield Wednesday. Forest won three of their first four games and a victory on Saturday would propel them above opponents Wolves.
Wolves enter the game at the City Ground after picking up four points from their last two home games. Central defender Danny Batth scored a late equaliser in midweek, salvaging a 3-3 draw against Bristol City. Wolves are yet to lose away from home in the league this season, earning impressive victories at both Hull City and Derby County, as well as drawing 0-0 at Brentford.
Forest centre back Michael Mancienne is back in contention to start after missing the previous two games. However, David Vaughan (groin), Matty Cash (ankle) and Jamie Ward (calf) are all ruled out for the game at the City Ground.
Wolves are still without influential winger Helder Costa, with the Portuguese man continuing his recovery from ankle surgery that he underwent in pre season. On loan centre back Willy Boly is ruled out for the next two weeks with a hamstring injury, whilst Romain Saiss is pushing for a recall. (BBC SPORT)
HEAD TO HEAD
Forest and Wolves have faced off 128 times, with Wolves winning 59 times. In comparison, Forest have won just 43 times and haven’t beaten the men from Molineux since a 3-0 success back in November 2014. (11v11)
I’m struggling to split these two sides tomorrow and think a score draw is the most likely outcome. Forest’s strengths undoubtedly lie in the attacking third of the field and the loss of Willy Boly for Wolves significantly weakens their defence. That said, Wolves certainly have enough to cause Forest problems and it should be an entertaining game down at the City Ground.