Forest vs. West Brom preview..

It’s the first home league game and it couldn’t come against a much tougher opponent really.  Having seen their opening game against fellow big-hitters Newcastle United, it was clear to see our next opponents have retained bags of quality for this level of football – so it will certainly prove a more challenging fixture than we witnessed on Wednesday evening.

That said, a 0-0 draw away at Reading – also contenders this season according to the bookmakers – should give us some degree of confidence, and with goals beginning to flow in the midweek Carling Cup victory over Bradford City, perhaps there should be a degree of optimism too.  Probably not from me though, as I’m a right negative bugger at times!

Tyson should be fit after being stretchered off midweek, which is great news as he is looking in excellent form at the moment.  Earnie and Gunter are back from their largely fruitless pursuits with Wales, so assuming their still fit and well will be back in contention for the team – good news particularly on the Gunter front given he’s one of our three recognised senior defenders currently available!

The sick-list consists of Bennett, Perch, Wilson and Moussi – with Luke Chambers of course suspended for the red card he received at Reading for an altercation with Shane Long, which wasn’t captured with enough clarity to mount an appeal – but the evidence was apparently sufficient for Billy to refrain from fining the defender for his actions.

West Brom have a talented squad – we might see some action from their new signings Simon Cox who made a sub appearance against Newcastle, and of course Forest target Joe Mattock who opted to join the Baggies rather than Forest (assuming we actually bid for him of course).  Jonathan Greening is of course a player to watch out for.

This could be an interesting one.  Certainly the problem of a team camping in their own half like Bradford did won’t happen on Saturday, West Brom are a good footballing side who are unlikely to be daunted by their surroundings – this will mean our makeshift defence will come under more pressure, which is a worry.

On the flip-side, the likely-to-be-more-positive forward play from the visitors should inevitably give our attackers more opportunities on the counter.  I’m not holding out massive hopes for this game if I’m being honest.  Believe it or not we’ve not played them since May 2004 – they were celebrating promotion (mutedly, if memory serves!) but we won 2-0 thanks to goals from Williams and David Johnson.

I am predicting that Camp will be restored to the goal, a defence of Gunter, Morgan, Lynch and Cohen, a midfield of Anderson, McKenna, Majewski and Tyson, with Adebola and I think McGoldrick up front leaving Smith, McGugan, Davies, Garner, Earnshaw, Blackstock and possibly Mitchell on the bench.

It will be great to get back to my regular seat and take in an afternoon’s match at the City Ground though, really looking forward to it.