Monday, 17th April, 2017 (Bank Holiday)
3PM Kick Off
After City narrowly slipped to a 1-0 defeat on Good Friday at Hillsborough, at the hands of Sheffield Wednesday, we now look ahead to the Bank Holiday home clash against Mark Warburton’s Nottingham Forest side. ‘Forest currently sit 20th in the Sky Bet Championship league table, and more importantly, only 2 points seperate themselves and the bottom three. They will be desperate for a result, especially after their last outing, which ended in a 1-0 defeat to 22nd placed Blackburn Rovers at the City Ground.
It is fair to say that this Nottingham Forest side are unpredictable of late, picking up an impressive 3-0 home win against current table toppers, Brighton & Hove Albion, in March, and also a 2-0 win at home to 3rd placed Huddersfield Town earlier this month. However, their league position does not lie, and they could be in serious danger of going down if results don’t pick up in the remaining matches of the season. This could go in the bluebirds’ favour, as Forest will surely see every remaining fixture as a ‘must win’, with Blackburn Rovers and Burton Albion looming over their shoulders. ‘The Reds’ have conceded 67 goals to date, meaning they have the second worst defensive record in the league, only ahead of already relegated Rotherham United.
Despite their poor defensive record, let’s not forget, City’s visitors do have fire power up top, with the likes of former bluebird, Ross McCormack (on loan from Aston Villa), and Congolese born forward, Britt Assombalonga. The latter having scored 10 times this league campaign, in 27 appearances.
City will be favourites for this up and coming clash, having picked up back-to-back home wins against Ipswich Town and Brentford respectively. Secondly, Warburton’s side are winless in 11 away league games. This is their worst run since August 2010 (12 winless away league matches). Forest will be feeling the heat, as they sit just outside of the relegation zone with only 4 matches left to play. Let’s face it, a club of their size should not be dropping down to League 1. Here’s hoping City do not take their foot off the gas, having already pretty much secured safety, with many fans now seeing their remaining fixtures as ‘nothing games’. Rickie Lambert is a doubt for this one, after back trouble, while fans favourite, Sol Bamba, is also very much likely to be out, after picking up a groin injury at a recent away fixture to Barnsley. In terms of Nottingham Forest, left back Danny Fox is available for selection again, after serving his one match ban.