The Football season finally kicks off on Saturday after what seems the longest summer ever, Forest head up to Burnley to start their Championship campaign to the scene of Forest worst defeat under Current manager Billy Davies. Still, at least footballs back, right?
Burnley Team News:
There have been a few comings & goings at Burnley over the summer with Ross Wallace, Lee Grant & Chris Iwelumo being the most notable. Brian Laws has been insisting that Chris McCann will be fit for the start of the season but he hasn’t been seen in Burnley’s pre-season fixtures.
New Signings: Chris Iwelumo (Wolves), Dean Marney (Hull), Lee Grant (Sheff W) & Ross Wallace (Preston)
Player to watch: Ross Wallace
With 7 goals & 7 assists last season for a poor Preston team you can probably expect the winger to get many more assists this season with Iwelumo to aim for.
Nottingham Forest Team News:
There are injuries all over the squad at the start of this season. Julian Bennett seems to finally be over his injury worries but is still not fully fit, Kelvin Wilson has had a shin problem but did play in the final friendly game, Wes Morgan hasn’t been seen since the game in Portugal. Paul Anderson & Paul McKenna both seem to have fallen off the face of the Earth & David McGoldrick has a dislocated shoulder.
Player to watch: Radoslaw Majewski
The midfield magiciam will be looking to pull the strings.
Match Facts & Stats
Burnley had much the better of this fixture the last time the two teams met with a 1 – 2 win at the City Ground thanks to two Graham Alexander goals & they dished out a 5 – 0 hammering in the game at Turf Moor on their way to the Premiership via the play offs.
Saturdays referee will be Colin Webster of Tyne & Wear. He last took charge of a Forest game when he forgot to award Darren Pratley (do you remember that name) a penalty against Swansea at the City Ground last season, a game Forest went on to win with a last minute Luke Chambers goal. Mr Webster took control of 29 games last season, issuing 64 bookings & a further 4 sendings off.
He will be assisted on the sidelines by Peter Davies of Cheshire & Paul Graham of Manchester.
4th Official for the day will be Paul Hodskinson of Lancashire
It’s Forest, first game of the season is always 0 – 0
Bradford v Forest (10/08/2010 19:45).