Apologies for the lateness of this, I’ve been quite busy (and am of course a master of procrastination). You can put a positive or a negative spin on Forest’s run of form depending on your predisposition – we of course are in the midst of a six game unbeaten run, but similarly we’ve not yet managed a win at the City Ground this season.
Having said that, Swansea’s away form is undeniably bad – they have yet to claim a single point on their travels, suffering defeat to Hull, Norwich and Leeds. To counterbalance that they have a 100% record at the Liberty Stadium. They have, however, cheered their travelling fans this week by beating Peterborough 3-1 at London Road in the Carling Cup.
On the team front, we have serious doubts over the availability of Robert Earnshaw and Kelvin Wilson, the former limped out of action at Hull last weekend, and the latter didn’t even make it into the side. Chambers is likely to be on standby the deputise for Wilson, with Blackstock certain to start if Earnie isn’t fit, or indeed – I would guess – if he is.
Whilst David McGoldrick hit the comeback trail in the reserves – a 45 minute run-out is unlikely to have given him enough to be considered for the first team just yet, so Tyson and Adebola will probably be on standby to deputise upfront. Our visitors are without Beattie, Pintado, Bodde, Butler and Rangel with injuries.
Last season we managed to sneak two 1-0 wins against the Swans, and both us and they have started this season slower than we’d have liked – making it a difficult game to predict, given their away form and our lack of winning at home yet, maybe a draw would be the smart money – but we surely have to be looking to pick up a win?
If Earnie is missing that certainly will be a blow on that front – and with Forest target Darren Pratley in the Swans line-up there’s all manner of twists and turns the scriptwriter of fate could line up for us come tomorrow – however, when one of the worst away runs comes to visit you have to be looking to capitalise.
Indeed, if you don’t count play-off games, we’ve not lost a league game at the City Ground since September last year.
That’s jinxed it, hasn’t it?
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