MATCH PREVIEW:Nottingham Forest -v- Wednesday

Wednesday continue their travels, can they get back to winning ways at the City Ground?

The Owls got a point at Brighton,can they get all three in Nottingham?

Last game Opposition Result Shots On target Corners Cards Fouls Possession
WEDNESDAY Brighton (A) D 0-0 7 2 8 2 7 47%
FOREST Preston (H) W 1-0 15 4 3 3 14 51%

Wednesday had the better of the exchanges as they put in an exceptional away performance as Brighton didn’t even manage a shot on target throughout the 90, the disappointment was that the Owls failed to convert any of their own chances.

Forest had the better of the exchanges but struggled to put away Preston and nearly got punished for it when Jordan Hugill was denied by Dorus de Vries superbly.

Last five games Brighton(a) Rotherham(h) Hull(a) QPR(h) Preston(a)
WEDNESDAY D 0-0 L 1-0 D 0-0 D 1-1 L 1-0
Last five games Preston(h) Ipswich(a) Bristol C(h) Burnley(a) Huddersfield(h)
FOREST W 1-0 L 1-0 L 2-1 L 1-0 L 2-0

Wednesday had a good performance but the winless run is up to five and just one goal in five games is worrying, on the plus side despite this wobble, the Owls have maintained their position in the top six, a return to winning ways is needed soon though if the Owls are going to stay there.

Forest arrested a four game losing streak midweek but have won just twice in the last eight games, the Tricky Trees have lacked consistency this year and haven’t won more than two consecutive fixtures all season.

HEAD 2 HEAD WEDNESDAY WINS FOREST WINS DRAWS
57 53 27

LAST MEETING: 31st October 2015,Hillsborough,Att – 22,465

Wednesday 1-0 Nottingham Forest

(F.Forestieri 68)

Wednesday recorded their first home win over Forest since 2008 in the last fixture with Fernando Forestieri’s goal proving the difference.

Last year the Owls were far better on the road and one of their victories was at the City Ground as they strolled to a relatively comfortable 2-0, Kieran Lee broke the deadlock shortly before half time with Chris Maguire notching the second early in the second half.

This is a long storied rivalry and both clubs have on different occasions scaled the heights of the English game, this will be the 138th meeting between the two sides, the first meeting was in 1883 where the two sides shared a 2-2 draw in the FA Cup.

CARVALHAL’S COHORTS

Fernando Forestieri returns from suspension and should return to the line-up.

Barry Bannan has been rewarded for his fine form this season with a call up to the Scotland squad, Daniel Pudil has also been selected for the Czech Republic side.

Otherwise the Owls emerged unscathed from the Brighton fixture but Carlos Carvalhal could still make changes.

WESTWOOD

PALMER

PALMER

LOOVENS

LOOVENS

LEES

LEES

BENNETT

BENNETT

Marco Matias Wednesday player 2016 THUMB

MATIAS

LEE

LEE

FORESTIERI

FORESTIERI

HUTCHINSON

HUTCHINSON

BANNAN

BANNAN

HOOPER

HOOPER

KEY PLAYERS

Marcos Matias has had a forgettable start to his Wednesday career bar that super goal at Elland Road, he’s had fitness issues but hopefully a return to health will enable him to show more of his ability than the glimpses we’ve seen so far.

Eric Lichaj has been one of the few consistent faces in an ever changing Forest team this term, the right back is known for his committed displays, hopefully the wing play of the Wednesday can get past him and enable quality delivery into the danger area.

 

THE BETTING BOX: 5 OF THE BEST

BET Wednesday WIN Forest WIN DRAW Matias 1st Goal Correct Score 1-1
BEST ODDS 19/10 7/4 23/10 15/2 23/4
BOOKIES Marathon Bet logo Bookies Badge Totesport Paddy Power BetVictor-logo 888 SPORT logo bookies

HERE COMES D-JUDGE

 

It seems we put recent struggles behind us and put a performance to be proud of in at Brighton, the only thing lacking was a goal, more displays like that should see us win more points than we drop for the remainder of the season though.

We also have the boost of having Fernando Forestieri back, hopefully he won’t receive another red card here but he has to be careful of avoiding the foolish yellows he has picked up.

The home stretch is in sight now and it’s time to turn up the style and grind out those results. the talk of automatic promotion post the Brentford win has gone but the playoff spots are there to be taken, we’re not the only ones gunning for it but we can make it our own.

Let’s turn in another high quality performance and see if we can rediscover our best, it isn’t going to be easy but we have the players to do it.

Just one win can set the ball rolling again.

VERDICT: This is probably not going to be pretty with both sides struggling for form recently, 1-1

Danny (D-Good) Owls Alive
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