As one of only two clubs who have failed to pick up a point so far in the Championship, Nottingham Forest will be looking to get their season off the mark with a victory over Blackburn Rovers at the City Ground on Wednesday evening.
The Reds suffered a late collapse against Coventry City last Sunday before welcoming AFC Bournemouth this past weekend, only to fall 2-1 to the Cherries.
Chris Hughton is far from finished in the transfer market this summer having only brought in Ethan Horvath, Philip Zinckernagel and Jordi Osei-Tutu to the club, and it’s clear to see from both defeats so far that more is needed to push the club up the table.
As for Blackburn, they sit on four points out of a possible six despite losing talisman Adam Armstrong to Southampton, with new Chilean international Ben Brereton taking over the scoring mantle with two goals in as many league outings.
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EFL expert David Prutton doesn’t believe that Rovers will be getting anything out of this contest though and is predicting that they will be suffering their first league loss of the season in his Prutton’s Predictions, with Forest coming out on top 2-1 to secure a very first victory of the Championship campaign.
This match is a hard one to call because Forest’s defeats have been narrow and they showed promise especially against Coventry – only for it to be undone very late on.
Blackburn meanwhile were dominated pretty much against Millwall on Saturday but came away from south London with a 1-1 draw despite having just one shot on target – that being Ben Brereton’s glancing header which secured a point.
Tony Mowbray will probably be happy to just soak up Forest’s attacking pressure tomorrow evening and just stick men behind the ball, knowing he has dangerous quick players such as Tyrhys Dolan to utilise on the counter attack.
Forest have to get off the mark at some point though and I can see them coming out on top narrowly for the first time in the league this season against the Lancashire outfit.