The Championship season kicks off in Nottingham, in front of a sell out crowd, with 2 new managers in charge.
Stuart Pearce: ‘Our fans are coming to sell the stadium out and that tells me there`s an excitement and expectation among the crowd. We need to deliver a product that makes everyone go away from the ground excited about the future’.
Nottingham Forest Team News:
Eric Lichaj, Henri Lansbury, Dexter Blackstock and David Vaughan will all miss out due to injury.
Chris Cohen, Jack Hobbs, Kelvin Wilson and Jamaal Lascelles are all back in training but may not have their recoveries risked.
Forest have a raft of new signings, like Blackpool, so it’s inevitable that quite a few will make debuts – it remains to be seen how Pearce sets his new team out.
Latest arrivals, Britt Assombalonga and Michail Antonio will be hoping to feature.
Player to watch: Matty Fryatt
Matty Fryatt – the experienced striker signed for Forest in the summer and will be keen to keep up an impressive scoring record in the Championship.
Blackpool Team News:
Blackpool had only 8 professionals on their books 12 days ago and despite hastily arranging a squad, Jose Riga still only has 17 players to chose from.
Player to watch: Ishmail Miller
Miller’s contract expired at Forest at the end of the season – so, he will be looking to prove a point against his former employers.
Match Facts & Stats
Blackpool are unbeaten in their last 8 visits (in all competitions) to the City Ground, winning 3 of those.
Forest have to look back to March 1977, for their last win against the visitors.
Tony Harrington takes charge of the season opener.
Last season he referee’d 27 games, dishing out 72 yellow & 6 red cards.
The heart hopes for a home win, but Blackpool are one of Forest’s bogey sides.
The fact that both sides will be integrating lots of new players could lead to a disjointed opening fixture.
Forest travel to Prenton Park, on Tuesday 12th August, for the Capital Cup 1st Round tie against Tranmere.
Kick Off: 7-45 pm.