With the opening round of fixtures over, Sky Bet Championship are treating us to a rearranged match from Week Four as Nottingham Forest welcome West Bromwich Albion to the City Ground.

Team News

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Lewis Grabban and Joe Lolley could start for Nottingham Forest after coming off the bench on Saturday. 

West Brom might hand Dwight Gayle an instant debut, having just signed him on Monday.

James Morrison and Gareth Barry could be recalled to starting eleven after missing out at weekend. 

 

Last Time Out

Nottingham Forest’s opening match at Bristol City was all about the debutants after Andreas Weimann put the Robins in front, before Daryl Murphy got a quick equaliser at start of second half to hand each side a point in 1-1 draw. 

West Brom got a shock upon their EFL return, losing 1-2 at home to Bolton Wanderers in their opening game. 

Goals from Josh Magennis and Yanic Wildschut either side of a Harvey Barnes curler just before half time, handed the Trotters victory. 

 

Stat Attack

  • Nottingham Forest have won just three of their last eight league meetings against West Brom (W3, L5). 
  • Three of last four meetings at City Ground has been won by single goal. 
  • Forest’s only defeat in last 21 opening home games came against West Brom in 2009-10.  
  • Aitor Karanka drew both of his previous meetings with West Brom when in charge of Middlesbrough. 

 

Prediction

With this being a midweek game, I am expecting changes here as both teams aim to get that first win under their belt here. 

A score draw therefore wouldn’t come as a surprise. 

Prediction: Nottingham Forest 1-1 WBA

Result: Nottingham Forest 1-1 WBA

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