Preview and Prediction
Nottingham Forest has gone out of the top flight for more than twenty years. Such is humiliating as they were once known as one of the English teams who could win Champions Cup (the old term for UEFA Champions League) back-to-back in 1979 and 1980. Today they are on a track for crawling back to the Premier League next season. Sitting on the fifth of the table is not safe yet. Therefore, a win should keep them in a race for the promotion at least via play off path. This weekend’s fixture is the perfect one to return on their winning days after the restart while hosting Huddersfield which are struggling to avoid the relegation to the third tier.
The teams’ previous matches
The Forests restarted their campaign after the break with a rather disappointing result. They could only muster a 1-1 draw at Sheffield while facing off The Owls Sheffield Wednesday. Joe Lolley took the lead first by the strike from the right flank to the far post and into the back of the net. Unfortunately, their hope for going home with three points dashed as Conor Wickham equalised at the stoppage time by his header.
Meanwhile, the relegated team from EPL last season, Huddersfield failed to win while taking on Wigan Athletic at home. They were crushed 0-2 by Jamal Lowe’s and Anthony Pilkington’s goal.
The former French international and Ivory Coast boss, Sabri Lamouchi tends to employ 4-1-4-1 formation with the transition to 4-2-3-1. He has been relying on Lewis Grabban as the main scorer and the Portuguese connection in the squad. There are at least five names in the team and almost all of them are the regular figures in their starting IX.
Danny Cowley is often in favour of the similar formation as his upcoming opponent. His 4-2-3-1 counts on the main forward 22-year old Karlan Grant supported by the youngster Emile Smith Rowe and the former Aston Villa man, Juninho Bacuna. Sadly, the last two names are sidelined due to the injury. Lewis O’Brien and Elias Kachunga might take over their position.
Players to watch
The Forests’ top performers this season are surprisingly not the top scorer Lewis Grabban, but the figures on the right wings, the right wing back Matthew Cash with three goals and five assists and the right winger Joe Lolley who has bagged eight goals and provided six assists. Some other key figures to watch are the Portuguese Tiago Silva, Yuri Riberio, the defender Tobias Figueiredo and Alfa Semedo.
Their counterpart, Huddersfield, sees Karlan Grant as the key figure this season with sixteen goals and four assists along with Trevor Chalobah, Elias Kachunga and the German defender Christopher Schindler.
Nottingham Forest vs Huddersfield Prediction
The race for play-off is still ongoing and Sabri Lamouchi’s men need to seal a win in each and every remaining match this season since the point margin among them and their contenders below such as Preston, Cardiff City and Blackburn Rovers is small. Losing points will mean losing their top six positions. Considering the visitor’s poor form, Lewis Grabban and Co should secure three points quite easily.
The host is just the slight favourite. They are backed to win at 2.10 whereas Danny Cowley’s men are in the win market at 3.65. The draw result is at the value of 3.15.