Mark Warburton’s Nottingham Forest welcome Daniel Farke;s Norwich City Trentside for Tuesday Evening`s Championship clash.
Mark Warburton, gave his usual pre-match thoughts at Monday`s press conference:
“Someone said to me that we have two tough home games this week, but show me an easy one – they`re all tough games in this league! That is the nature of the division, it is a relentless onslaught of games and we have to prepare for every fixture. If you don’t, you get punished.
Norwich are another tough opponent with a number of very good individual players within the team unit. They have a good physicality, they have a good away record and it will be a tough encounter but one we look forward to it.
We will try and play the football that excites the fans, that will get them flocking to the stadium; that has got to be our aim with the end goal of getting three points.”
Nottingham Forest Team News:
Danny Fox, Jack Hobbs and Chris Cohen remain sidelined by injury, whilst Daryl Murphy, Armand Traore and David Vaughan were all absent from this weekend`s squad, but all 3 will hope to be involved.
After the defeat to Birmingham, it`s likely that Mark Warburton will ring the changes, with Jamie Ward and Matty Cash both looking for their first league starts of the season.
Player to watch: Daryl Murphy
After being rested for the weekend defeat, following a draining 2 leg World Cup qualifying defeat to Denmark – Forest`s joint top scorer (with 6 goals from 15 appearances) is expected to return to the squad.
The 34 year old striker spent over 5 years, making over 220 appearances at East Anglian rivals, Ipswich, but never managed to score against them – let`s hope he does better in a Forest shirt, where has now gone almost 2 montsh without scoring.
Norwich City Team News:
Daniel Farke could be bluffing, but he feels that Alex Pritchard (who bagged a brace in his last game against Forest) is not ready for a return yet, whilst Tom Trybull is also unavailable after picking up a back strain against Barnsley.
If James Husband wasn`t banned, he`d join the ranks of City`s injured, which include, Matt Jarvis, Steven Naismith, Jamal Lewis, Louis Thompson & Alex Tettey.
Player to watch: Nelson Oliveira
Nelson Oliveira, a former Forest loanee, is top scorer for the Canaries with 5 goals in 12 appearances this season, after 12 in 30 games last season. The 26 year Portuguese International Striker joined Norwich from Benfica on a 4 year deal in August 2016, after a year long loan the previous season at Forest – he is certainly going to pose a threat to our defence.
Match Facts & Stats
A disappointing defeat at Birmingham City last time out, saw Forest drop a couple of places in the Championship Table to 11th with 24 points from 17 games (w8, d0, l9).
Forest have won 3 and lost 3 of their last 6 games, but they failed to break down a resolute Birmingham defence and again, failing to keep a clean sheet, so far they have scored 25 and conceded 27.
The Canaries occupy 12th position, with 23 points from 17 games (w6, d5, l6) scoring 16 but conceding 21.
Norwich have just 1 win in their last 6 games, after a previous run of 8 without defeat – so, they appear as consistently inconsistent as Forest. A draw at home (1-1) against Barnsley last time out ended a run of 3 consecutive defeats.
Tony Harrington is the man in the middle for Tuesday`s fixture, his 17th game in charge this season, the previous 16 games have seen 58 yellows and 3 red cards awarded. Last season he officiated 34 games, awarding 121 yellows and 4 red cards
Mr Harrington will be assisted by Paul Hodskinson and Geoffrey Russell, with Mark Heywood as Fourth Official.
Despite the fact that Forest have lost 4 of their last 5 games against Norwich, the Bookies have Warburton`s men as marginal favourites for a home win, but this could well be a fair bet for that elusive first draw of the season for Forest, with David Prutton also predicting 1-1?
Forest welcome Neil Warnock`s Cardiff City to the City Ground on Sunday 26th November (1-00pm KO).