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Nottingham Forest vs. Norwich City

The City Ground

28/08/2010

15:00

Forest v Norwich, The Search For A Win Continues

The search for a win continues for Forest this weekend as they entertain newly promoted Norwich City who have made a flying start to the Championship campaign.

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Nottingham Forest Team News:

Paul McKenna should be fit to return after pulling out of the previous game against Reading in the warm up with a tight hamstring. Chris Gunter misses his second of a three match suspension & David McGoldrick will be missing for the next 3 months with a dislocated shoulder.

Player to watch: Rob Earnshaw

After getting his first of the season last time out and being unlucky not to net before that, he will be looking to hit a scoring run that has become the Earnshaw trademark against one of his former clubs.

Norwich City Team News:

Zak Whitbread and Steven Smith are the only injury concerns for Norwich with both likely to miss out again.

Player to watch: Grant Holt

Has to be, his time on Trent side was turbulent to say the least but his goal threat is there for all to see, he's probably worth a quid as the first goal scorer here, hope the lad gets a decent reception.

Match Facts & Stats

In the 60 previous league meeting between these two teams Forest do have the advantage with 24 wins compared to 21 for Norwich (a further 15 games drawn) & as such, Forest hold a slender advantage in goal scored too with 90 to 77 for the Canaries.

The last time the two sides met was a 5 goal thriller that saw Forest run out 3 - 2 winners at Carrow Road despite scoring all 5 goals (Breckin & Garner were both on the score sheet for Norwich). The last meeting at the City Ground though saw Norwich run out 2 - 1 winners, thanks to another own goal with this time Chris Cohen putting through his own net for the Canaries winner.

Forest have not lost a league game at the City Ground since way back in September 2009 while Norwich have only lost once on a Saturday since February of this year, they have lost several games within that time, but oddly all barr one of their defeats have come in midweek games.

Ref Watch:

Scott Mathieson of Cheshire will take charge of this game, the last time he took charge of a Forest fixture was the 4 - 1 home win over Doncaster Rovers back in November last year. He's taken charge of 3 games so far this season issuing 6 yellow cards & no red

He will be assisted by Geoff Law of Leicestershire & Stephen Martin of Staffordshire

Forth Official Kevin Hayward of Staffordshire

Match Prediction:

Norwich have started the season well & Forest are still looking for their first win. The Grant Holt factor is a worry, but I'm going for Forest's home form to continue & a 3 - 0 home win

Next Fixtures:

Forest v Millwall
11/09/2010




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Date:Thursday August 26 2010

Time: 9:29PM

Your Comments

Agree that Grant Holt will probably score. The big strong forwards seem to do well against us (like Hulse). But still fairly confident of a win...as I have been every week!
jbtrickytree
forest will win 3-0 i told ya first.
superred10
A very disappointing match. Best forgotten. Although Grant Holt showed what a sportsman he is. When two balls were on the pitch at the same time after a Forest thrown in. although the ref insisted on a bounce up, Holt kicked the ball straight into touch to where the previous throw in was taken.
daddyreddog
 

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