Match Preview: Nottingham Forest v Rovers

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After a midweek defeat at Barnsley made it three losses on the bounce, Tony Mowbray’s side will be looking to return to winning ways at Nottingham Forest today.

Rovers boss Mowbray came under more pressure following the loss at Oakwell, and the calls will continue to grow as each loss comes.

Forest, meanwhile, fell to a narrow defeat away to high-flying Swansea during the week, their first league defeat in five matches.

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The two sides have met regularly over the last decade or so – meeting in the Championship every season bar one since the 2012-13 season following Rovers’ relegation to the Championship.

October 2020 saw the last time the two sides met, when Joe Lolley’s injury-time strike gave Forest victory in their first match under Chris Hughton.

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Forest also came out on top in the last meeting at the City Ground, on New Years’ Day 2020, as they ran out 3-2 victors – despite a Joe Worrall own goal and Stewart Downing’s strike.

The Ones To Watch

Experienced forward Glenn Murray signed for Forest in the January window, and has two goals in his four appearances so far.

Winger Anthony Knockaert has worked with manager Chris Hughton before at Barnsley, and with three goals and three assists to his name, he will be a threat.

Looking further back in the pitch, young James Garner is a talented midfielder who was linked with Rovers previously.

Predictions

I’m expecting a couple of changes – and a move back to a 4-3-3 – as Mowbray looks for a much needed victory.

Ryan Nyambe should come back into the side, and I’d also expect Harvey Elliott to start.

Predicted XI: Kaminski, Nyambe, Harwood-Bellis, Branthwaite, Douglas, Travis, Davenport, Elliott, Gallagher, Armstrong, Brereton

There’s a lot of matches I’d want over this one if I was under pressure as Rovers boss.

I can’t see more than a draw, so I’ll go for an entertaining 2-2.

Prediction: Nottingham Forest 2-2 Rovers

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