Forest vs. Crystal Palace preview..

A third attempt – the weather forecast makes this fixture at least in question too, with a bit of luck there’s been some salt and/or grit prepared for the pavements around the ground to combat the heavy snow forecast from Thursday onwards.

But still, this remains a welcome attempt to consider matters back on the pitch again though, after yesterday’s horrible news.

On that though, I would hope that Forest give supporters the opportunity to pay their respects to former ‘keeper Dale Roberts with either a minute silence or applause after it has transpired the 24 year old tragically took his own life.  Absolutely gut-wrenching for me as a mere supporter, I can only begin to imagine how his family, friends and team-mates past and present are feeling.  A real tragedy.

To return to topic, though, I’ve begun to forget what our players look like!  Certainly new boys Tudgay and Ramsey will be hoping for an opportunity to make their full debuts.  Some of the injury niggles of recent games to the likes of McKenna, Tyson and Adebola might have cleared up – basically, I have no idea what to expect from the Forest line-up!

Bloody insightful, eh?  I’m not sure if I’m alone in this, but I’d love to see Majewski get a start – we seem to have struggled to find that spark that brings midfield through to attack of late, or at least, ages ago when we last played – and Raddy could be the man to provide this.  At whose expense, well, who can say?  I would certainly hope for two up top – most likely candidates are Earnie and Tudgay, and the defence is kinda picking itself at the moment.

So, Palace – it’s unlikely we’ll let them field Julian Bennett against us who is currently on loan to the Eagles to regain fitness.  The tabs I’ve been half keeping on him suggest he’s doing well for them, too.  Results wise, a mixed bag – and, despite doing so in their last game, they don’t draw very often.  A team of extremes – in their last six they’ve won three, drawn one and lost two – in their last twelve they’ve lost seven!

A series of results that helps contextualise their position in the bottom three, but potential green shoots of recovery – but principally at home, with recent wins against Doncaster, Coventry and Watford.  On their travels it’s a less pretty picture – losses to Leeds, Sheffield United, Middlesbrough and Preston have all come since their last away points – a win at Norwich back in October.

James Vaughan – on loan from Everton – tops their scoring charts (although three of his five came in the same game), followed by Darren Ambrose and Neil Danns with four.  Scoring goals – whilst not outstanding – hasn’t been their main problem, there are five teams in our league who’ve scored fewer, but they’ve let in more than anyone except poor beleaguered Preston North End.

If you look at the statistics, the form (particularly if focused onto home form for Forest and away form for Palace) then it has all the hallmarks of a home banker.  It worries me when I even dare to think of phrases like that, particularly committing them to the blog – so that comes with the tried and tested note of caution that this is Forest, and if we are likely to lose our home run to anyone, it will be someone we shouldn’t do!

Assuming the form book is adhered to of course, we all know who our next home game is against… they’re on a bit of a slide after an impressive run of results too… anyway, one game at a time – let’s not think about that! I’m going to stick with the statistics and think that Reds fans should be in good Christmas cheer come the end of the game on Saturday.

If the game goes ahead of course…

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3 Responses

  1. Looking forward to seeing our new signings.

    Not looking forward to our 400 mile round trip! Just seen the forecast for Saturday and it could be a ‘whiteout’ for many of those miles. Mixed feelings about it being on or not. Will be gutted if it goes ahead and we can’t make it due to the weather (not to mention losing money on our tickets!)

  2. James Vaughan has gone back to Everton – good timing methinks! Let’s hope the weather holds out. Agree with you NFFC that Radi could be the man to bring the creative spark.

    On the transfer front, are Woolford and Morrison the new Pratley and Whittingham?! If these two really are Billy’s targets, why do we have to announce them to the world?!!

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