Blackpool v Nottingham Forest Match Preview
Nottingham Forest make the trip to the seaside this weekend, to visit Blackpool in Saturday`s, Sky Bet Championship fixture.
After a tough 4th Round Replay at Preston, with Barry Ferguson watching from the stands, it`s back to business for Billy Davies and his squad as they look to continue to build upon the momentum that has seen them remain unbeaten for the last 14 games. Forest have won their last 3 Championship fixtures and progressed to the FA Cup 5th Round after the 0-2 win at Deepdale, with goals from Darius Henderson & Jamie Mackie.
Blackpool on the other hand are without a win since 30th November, which equates to a run of 13 games, which has seen Paul Ince sacked and Barry Ferguson take the helm. The last meeting between the sides, on 2nd November, saw Thomas Ince miss a penalty, Adboun sent off & Forest`s nemesis, Stephen Dobbie, net a late, yet arguably offside winner.
Forest will be looking to avenge that defeat and hopefully making it 15 games unbeaten in the process, consolidating their position in the top 6 and keeping pressure on the teams above them - especially given that Derby meet QPR on Monday night.
Recent 're-signings` Stephen Dobbie and Elliot Grandin are both likely to make their latest home debuts, although, the game may come too soon for Ricardo Fuller, Jack Robinson, Tom Barkhuizen and Bobby Grant - who have all been suffering from injury recently.
Forest remain without long term absentees Chris Cohen, Dexter Blackstock and Kelvin Wilson - who have also now been joined by former Tangerine, David Vaughan & Henri Lansbury. Eric Lichaj & Djamel Abdoun are also recovering from injury, so will both miss this one.
With games coming thick & fast, Billy Davies will most likely look to shuffle the pack again and will no doubt look to get some of the January signings (Danny Fox, Jack Hobbs, Rafik Djebbour or Kevin Gomis) involved in the match day squad.
The match will be referee`d by Carl Boyeson, who has officiated 20 games this season, dishing out 69 yellow & 2 red cards. Mr Boyeson was last in charge for Forest in the 1-1 Home draw with Burnley in November.
Forest will again start as favourites, but Blackpool will want to turn their fortunes around - so, once again, I`ll risk the nipper`s pocket money on 1-1.
Come On You Reds!!!