Forest vs. Cardiff City preview..

Apologies for the radio silence – unforeseen circumstances, hopefully resolved now.  Anyway, we played Peterborough away and won thanks to a superb Andy Reid goal – but still we’re finding goals hard to come by, I’d love to see us score a tap in or three!

This weekend we welcome the league leaders to the City Ground.  Cardiff City are rebranded this year as, erm, the Redbirds presumably this year on the whim of their Malaysian owners – although with this obviously clashing with our colours we’ll see them in their more familiar blue strip on Saturday.  Whatever colour they are in, they represent a significant challenge.

Malky Mackay’s side are top of the pile, a point clear and have won their last three games.

Our internationals have had no problems upon their return, whilst Lansbury, Jenas and Hutchinson have taken part in light training but remain doubts for the game.  Tuds is back in full training following his hernia operation but again, will be a doubt.  Dex is serving the last game of his suspension for his ridiculous red card.

As for them, Bellamy faces a late fitness test as he recovers from a knee injury, whilst recent injury victims Mutch and Smith will be available to travel.

Recent form and strength might seem to favour the visitors – indeed, looking at our historical record against the Welsh side would suggest they have something of a hoodoo over us – they’ve beaten us 21 times over the years to our 13 times over them.  So you could say we owe them one!

I suppose the international break came at a less than ideal time for both sides in terms of momentum – but with suspensions making our injuries all the more frustrating, it might just have benefited us more.  That said, it’s hard to not look at Cardiff’s squad list and not find it a pretty daunting prospect, and that’s not to disparage our own lads.

Hopefully we should see a game set up for some football, which will be the first time in a while.  We’ve responded fairly bleakly to more agricultural visitors to the City Ground of late, so I’m hoping to see a side try to come and match football with football more and give us the opportunity to hopefully start getting back to what we’re good at.  Still struggling to predict a win for us, though.  Tough game.

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