The new Championship season kicks off with Mark Warburton’s Forest welcoming Neil Harris’s Lions Trentside.
Forest Manager, Mark Warburton, gave his thoughts ahead of the season opener;
‘We are in a good position and comfortable with the squad we’ve assembled. Their attitude is outstanding and they are hungry for success. They know how close they came to relegation last season.
I have absolute belief in the players in their desire and quality. Let’s see how we go but we are looking forward to a strong season.
It’s a fantastic division with huge clubs, but Forest are a huge club as well and we know where we need to get the club back to.’
Nottingham Forest Team News:
Jamie Ward and Matty Cash both picked up injuries during pre-season games, so they join Danny Fox and Stephen Henderson on the sidelines.
Warburton has added six new faces to the squad; with Jason Cummings, Barrie McKay, Daryl Murphy, Tendayi Darikwa, Andreas Bouchalakis and Kieran Dowell arriving, although it’s unlikely all will feature in the match day squad.
It’s also unclear what formation Warburton will opt for, given the options at his disposal.
Player to watch: Apostolos Vellios
The 25 year old Greek international striker has been the form player during pre-season with 5 goals – but, that doesn’t mean he’ll start – he may not even get on the pitch!
Milllwall Team News:
With limited team news available, the only player expected to miss out due to injury is Sid Nelson.
Harris, a former Forest player, has signed Jed Wallace, Ryan Tunnicliffe, Tom Elliott, James Meredith and Conor McLaughlin – so, all could make their debuts.
Player to watch: Steve Morison
The powerful 33 year old striker scored 19 in 50 appearances last season, he also accumulated 10 yellow cards – so, the centre halves will no doubt face a battle tonight!
Match Facts & Stats
Forest only managed to stay in the Championship on the final day of last season – on goal difference, but have since sold their top scorer, Britt Assombalonga.
Neil Harris’s Lions gained promotion via the playoffs, so will be hoping to continue their momentum.
Tonight’s Referee is Peter Bankes, who took in 38 games in 2016/17 with a return of 127 yellow cards and 12 red cards.
Mr Banks will be assisted by, Daniel Leach and Paul Hodskinson, with Geoff Eltringham as fourth official.
The Bookies have Forest have favourites for a home win, but these opening games are notoriously hard to predict, as new players have to be integrated into match day squads.
With the ‘backing’ of a home crowd expected to be in excess of 27000 – let’s hope Forest manage a similar result to that achieved on their last home game, 3-1 (against Ipswich).
Forest face Shrewsbury in the Carabao Cup, at home, on Tuesday, 8th August – 7:45pm KO.
The next league fixture sees Warburton take on his former club, Brenford, at Griffin Park (Saturday, 12th August, 3pm KO).