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Forest Preview

Tomorrow sees Blues travel the short distance up to Nottingham to face Steve McClaren’s Tricky Trees.

Nottingham Forest

Forest are on a tough run of form at the moment, having lost five of their last six games, culminating with a 5-1 pasting away to Burnley in midweek. There has been talk of McClaren already being in with a chance of getting the tin tack, and the “brolly wally” was on Sky Sports yesterday criticising the owners. Life isn’t good at the City Ground.

Forest have a few injury concerns, with Chris Cohen, Paul Anderson, George Boateng, Dexter Blackstock and Garath McLeary all definitely out of contention. Like Blues, Forest have got to consider if they’re going to rotate their squad in the wake of the debacle at Turfmoor, or if they’re going to stick with the same team and hope for a reaction.

Birmingham City

After Thursday’s morale-boosting win away in Slovenia, it’s down to Chris Hughton to decide if the team needs to be rotated again for the trip to Nottingham, or if he can stick with the team who successfully came back to beat Maribor. It’s entirely possible Stephen Carr and Curtis Davies could be fit in time for the trip to the City ground, but with a two week break after the game for international fixtures it begs the question if it’s worth risking them if they’re not one hundred percent fit.

The word in the papers is that Doyle will be dropped to make way for Boaz Myhill – despite his mistake in Maribor he didn’t have too bad a game but Hughton seems to favour the Welsh international Myhill over our Irish keeper. I suspect Pablo may be dropped, Ridgewell moved inside to centre back and Murphy recalled at left back, and I would expect that we’ll drop one midfielder so that we can go 4-4-2 at Forest with New Zealander Chris Wood being the most likely in my opinion to come in.

Despite Forest’s run of form recently I think this could be a hard game for Blues with tiredness definitely being a factor. That being said, I think Blues are showing in flashes how much of a good side they can be, and in those flashes we tend to score goals – we should have had two against Barnsley and we had two against Maribor. With this in mind, I think an away win is on the cards and I’m going to be positive and go with a 2-1 win to Blues.

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3 Responses to “Forest Preview”

  • pierre says:

    any news on potential loan signings

  • Mark says:

    Blues need to click into gear now and start building abit of a run which will only give the team confidence. Blues could win here if they can get zigic continuing his steady progress, because again I think forest will not be able to handle him. Like yourself I think blues could win 2.1 or even 3.1 here. We are making lots of chances it about how many we can put away……………KRO
    I would like to ask the same question regarding loan signing. CH mentioned any players yet other than may be Darren Carter!……….

  • Bluehobba says:

    Back from the Forest game, We never looked a threat with just Zigic up front but he never really got any service either. Wood looks a class finisher and what would we do without Burke. The first half was dour but Once we scored we looked like scoring again.. and did. The defence never missed nothing once we got in front and the fans were excellent..as they always are. Well done Blues and well done to Chris Hughton for knowing that when changes needed to be made, he made them. KRO

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