Football League World’s Sam Rourke will be live at the Vitality Stadium this evening as AFC Bournemouth play host to Chris Hughton’s Nottingham Forest.
The Cherries are coming off the back of an impressive comeback win over Reading at home last Saturday, whilst Forest were downed 2-0 by Valerian Ismael’s resurgent Barnsley at Oakwell last time out.
A win for the home side this evening could see the Cherries move to the top of the Sky Bet Championship table, if other results go their way, whilst for Forest, a win could lift them up as high as 15th after what has been a slow start to the 2020/21 campaign.
As for Bournemouth, Josh King remains out after testing positive for Covid-19, whilst Adam Smith and Phillip Billing who were in close proximity with King could well be in the squad tonight after missing out on Saturday.
Lewis Cook started on Saturday against the Royals, scoring a superb 30-yard strike, and is expected to feature once more here against the Reds.
Cherries boss Jason Tindall could be tempted to bring Chris Mepham into the starting eleven tonight and use Lloyd Kelly on the left, after that tweak on Saturday reaped rewards in the second half against Reading.
Elsewhere though, Bournemouth have a clean bill of health.
Meanwhile, Nottingham Forest will be without Joe Worrall, Fouad Bachirou, Tyler Blackett, Samba Sow and Lewis Grabban for this evening’s clash on the south coast.
“Tyler Blackett and Joe Worrall, we are hoping they will train at the end of the week or the beginning of next week, as will Lewis Grabban,” manager Chris Hughton told Nottinghamshire Live.
“It will be good to have them back, although the first two might take a little while longer to get back, as they have missed a lot of football.
“But it will be good to see those three players back out on the training pitch.”
Nottingham Forest U23 player Will Swan is in the squad for tonight’s clash, having scored eight goals so far this season for the Reds’ under-23 side so far this season.
Bournemouth possible starting lineup:
Begovic; Stacey, S.Cook, Kelly, Rico; Lerma, L.Cook, Stanislas; Brooks, Solanke, Danjuma
Nottingham Forest possible starting lineup:
Samba; Christie, Figueiredo, McKenna, Ribeiro; Knockaert, Yates, Colback, Lolley; Guerrero; Taylor
Only three teams teams have a worse away record than Forest in the Championship this season, while Bournemouth have taken more points at home than any other side.
In-terms of head to head between tonight’s teams, it’s relatively even.
The last six matches between the two sides have seen Bournemouth win twice, one draw and three wins for Nottingham Forest, with the last clash back in 2018 going the way of Nottingham Forest who secured a 2-0 win at the City Ground.
Interestingly, Nottingham Forest have been drawing at half time and losing at full time in five of their last seven away matches.
This game could see goals, Forest have scored at least two goals in their last three matches against Bournemouth in all competitions.
Where to watch?
Tonight’s fixture is being broadcasted live on Sky Sports Football with kick-off scheduled for 8pm.