By Daniel Howell @ 2020-09-15 22:18:10
Nottingham Forest carried on where they left off in the last season with a 2-0 defeat away at Queens Park Rangers. Star striker Lewis Grabban bagged 20 championship goals last season and was a major factor to their early success. Grabban missed a couple of key chances at Loftus Road and will be looking to get off the mark in this one. With numerous summer signings this becomes a must win home game for Nottingham Forest against Cardiff.
History has not been kind in this fixture with Nottingham Forest losing all 5 of their last meetings at the City ground. However, Forest finally found home form in their last 2 home games of the 19/20 season against Huddersfield and Bristol City at the city ground. They will be hoping for a much-improved home record this season. This home form will be key for a good season this year.
Cardiff lost their season opener at home to Sheffield Wednesday and will be looking to bounce back early. Cardiff had a great 19/20 season securing a well-deserved place in the play-offs and just fell short against Fulham. Cardiff fans will be expecting big things from Liverpool youngster Sheyi Ojo and he will be one to watch in this fixture, especially as Nottingham Forest recently lost winger Matty Cash to Aston Villa. Cardiff will also be looking to new signing Kieffer Moore to pick up some much-needed goals this season. The big money transfer from Wigan has a point to prove that he can cut it in the Championship.
Cardiff are likely favourites for this one. Historically Cardiff have had great success at the city ground and are still tipped to make the playoffs this season. Although Forest have spent well in the off season I’m not sure the current game style is one to take the championship by storm. Sabri Lamouchi will be under early pressure with anything but a win here which could be the fight needed to get them over the line.
Cardiff Manager Neil Harris spent 2 seasons at the city ground as a player back in 2005/2006 and he will be looking to keep his team in the top 6 early on, with Forest’s terrible home form last season Neil will certainly be looking at this fixture as a perfect opportunity to start a winning run.
We have this one picked with an 80% chance of an away win for Cardiff. Their away form last season vs Forest’s home form clearly paints the picture here.
No crowds and the short break have already shown to have impacted form early on and both teams will be looking to set the standards for the season with this one. This could be a slight advantage for Nottingham Forest with their home form struggles last season at the city ground.