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Hull City vs. Nottingham Forest

KC Stadium

18/9/10

5.20pm

On Sky

Tigers v Forest Preview

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.



Vital Quotes:

Hull City Team News:

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.

Player to watch: Robert Koren

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.

Nottingham Forest Team News:

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.

Player to watch: Lewis McGugan

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.

Match Facts & Stats

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.

Match Prediction:

This has the makings of a decent game with both sides showing signs of improvement. I'm going for a 2-2 draw.

Next Fixtures:

Forest v Swansea (h). 25/9/10




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The Journalist

Writer: guinless Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday September 17 2010

Time: 11:25AM

Your Comments

Why have you deleted my comment? We've played six games(like everyone else), won two drawn one and lost three, all losses were away games. The player to watch is Jimmy Bullard, but your welcome to watch Koren too(watch Ayala while your at it). Now please don't delete this one, amend your article instead.
Lambrettaman
Jeez! You've only won 1 of your last 5 games. I know you've won 2 out of 6, but I'm working from the last 5...OK? I agree Bullard is a tidy player, but I've not seen him play in the flesh. I remeber being quite impressed with Koren when he played for WBA last season, that's why I went for him as one to watch. I hope that's OK as well.
guinless
Cool it Guin, just hit him where it hurts the most . Tell him that Vespa's were loads better than Lamretta's.
daddyreddog
That's nonsense, my Raleigh scooter was loads better than both. Has Bullard had his hair cut?
Irememberwhen
No he hasn't, he's still sporting the pikey look, I don't think he's allowed to cut his hair, it's part his contractual obligations with Wash and Go! What's a Vespa?
Lambrettaman
PS - If we're cherry picking the amount of games for the stats, then we're on a one game winning run.
Lambrettaman
Vespas are rubbish, give me a mars bar any day.
Irememberwhen
I hear the pope has loads of Vespers.
daddyreddog
Lambrettaman. Are you the one in the red suit? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pa3piDC3-CU&feature=related
daddyreddog
 

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