Date: 8th August 2017 at 6:13pm
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Mark Warburton’s Nottingham Forest welcome Paul Hurst’s Shrewsbury Town Trentside for the 1st Round of the Carabao Cup.

Vital Quotes:

Forest Manager, Mark Warburton, gave his thoughts at the pre-match press conference:

“We have full respect for Shrewsbury, as a strong League One side and we know the threat they will pose. We will put out a strong team; there will be a number of changes but it will be a team that I would have no doubts about putting into a league game.

As a side, they very solid and secured a positive result on Saturday. They are a good League One team; they are hard-working, diligent and they look to play.

“In the footage we have seen, we will have to pay them the respect they deserve, as you would do any opponent. We are ready for them, we think we know what they will present and we just need to have our A-game with us.”

Nottingham Forest Team News:

Mark Warburton has stated that he will make up to 10 changes as he seeks to assess his squad in a competitive fixture.

Jamie Ward, Matty Cash, Danny Fox & Stephen Henderson are those absent due to injury.

Player to watch: Jason Cummings

The 22 year old Scottish striker joined Forest from Hibs for an undisclosed fee in August.

He was an unused substitute at the weekend, but I’d expect him to start and equally hope that he is keen to replicate Barrie McKay by scoring for the Reds on his competitive debut.

Shrewsbury Town Team News:

Team news in is short supply as Paul Hurst may equally seek to shuffle his squad to build match fitness.

Town do have a number of loanees in their squad; Dan James, a speedy winger on loan from Swansea and a potential danger man. Dean Henderson, from Man Utd, Ebou Adams is a midfielder from Norwich and they have two loan strikers – Carlton Morris and Niall Ennis from Norwich and Wolves.

Player to watch: Shaun Whalley

Shaun Whalley, who celebrated his 30th birthday yesterday, is fan’s favourite. He is a midfielder who scored 3 in 35 appearances last season.

Match Facts & Stats

Both sides won the opening League fixtures 1-0 at the weekend and equally, avoided relegation from their respective Leagues on the final day.

Otherwise, this is the first ever competitive fixture between the teams.

Ref Watch:

Tonight’s referee is John Busby, his second fixture of the season – the previous game yielded 4 yellow cards.

He was new to the Football League in 2016/17 having spent the season before in the National League. Last season he officiated 36 games, with a return of 131 yellow cards and 3 red cards.

Mr Busby will be assited by Anthony Da Costa and David Benton, with Richard Bartlett as Fourth Official.

Match Prediction:

Given the number of changes expected, certainly from Forest – such games are hard to predict.

Forest are the Bookies favourite but Town will be hoping for a cup upset – I’m hoping for a 2-0 win within 90 minutes!

Next Fixtures:

Forest make the trip to Griffin Park to take on Mark Warburton’s former club, Brentford, on Saturday, 12th August. KO 3pm.