Date:Friday September 17 2010
Forest will make their first ever visit to the KC Stadium on Saturday, when they meet Hull City live on Sky (KO 5.20pm).
The Tigers were relegated from the Premiership last season and have had a tough start in adjusting to life in the Championship, with 3 defeats, 1 win and a draw in their last 5 games. Their got their 2nd win of the season in midweek, with a 2-0 victory over the Rams at the KC.
Forest will arrive in confident mood, following their first win of the campaign away at Preston on Tuesday night. That 2-1 win over the Lillywhites will give manager Billy Davies a bit of a selection poser ahead of the game, when he has to decide whether to give a starting place to midweek match winner Lewis McGugan. Young Lewis has impressed so far this season and looks to be getting back to his former self and living up to the potential he undoubtedly has, but doesn't show often enough.
Tigers boss Nigel Pearson is expected to name an unchanged side for this one, so expect to see Jimmy Bullard make his 2nd appearance of the season after returning from injury.
The Slovenian midfielder signed from West Brom on a free in the summer and bagged his first goal for the Tigers in their 2-0 win over the Rams on Tuesday. He managed to grab himself 9 goals with the Baggies last year and was an ever present as well as instrumental figure in their promotion to the Prem.
Striker Robert Earnshaw should be back in contention after limping off in the 2nd half of the 1-1 draw with Millwall last weekend. Scans revealed the injury wasn't as bad as first feared and he has resumed training this week. David McGoldrick is still out, but is said to be progressing well from his shoulder injury.
Billy Davies is going to find it hard to leave McGugan out of this game. The midfielder has come under fire from the manager on more than one occasion, for his attitude, weight problems and desire for the game. Recent performances suggest that Lewis might be taking notice of what's being said and the brace against Preston on Tuesday will do his starting chances no harm at all.
Despite their indifferent start to the season, the Tigers remain unbeaten at home and are yet to concede a goal on their home turf. Forest have only failed to score once so far this season and that was in the opening day defeat at Burnley. The records show that it's 33 years since the two sides last met and that was way back in 1977 at the City Ground, when Forest ran out 2-0 winners. In 52 League meetings, Forest have won 26, lost 19 and drawn 7.
This has the makings of a decent game with both sides showing signs of improvement. I'm going for a 2-2 draw.
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Date:Friday September 17 2010
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