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Posted Tuesday, October 19th 2021

🔎 MansionBet Match Preview: Nottingham Forest (H)

City look to bounce back under the Ashton Gate lights on Tuesday night for the visit of Nottingham Forest.

🍒 Our opponents

Just 11 months after joining as manager, Chris Hughton was relieved of his duties after overseeing his side to a single point from Forest's opening seven matches.

Their early form suggested a relegation-threatened campaign but a change at the helm appears to have sparked an upturn in results.

New Forest manager Steve Cooper was announced as Hughton’s successor last month and he has led the team to back-to-back wins against Barnsley, Birmingham and Blackpool during a five-game unbeaten run, therefore they head to Ashton Gate with the wind very much in their sails.

Last time out was a 2-1 victory over the Tangerines, The Reds’ first home win of the season in front of their biggest crowd at the City Ground in the current campaign.

Striker Grabban has been instrumental to their recent results, with fan favourite Lyle Taylor – who has only completed the full 90 minutes twice this season - struggling for minutes. However, Cooper has begun to drive better results which has led to Forest’s rise up the table.

They currently find themselves 16th in the standings and will have their sights set on continuing that climb.

NOTTINGHAM FOREST PROFILE

Formed: 1865
Stadium: City Ground
Nickname: Forest, The Reds
Manager: Steve Cooper
Finish last season: 17th, Championship

Honours:

  • First Division champions 1977/78
  • Second Division Champions 1906/07, 1921/22, 1997/98
  • Third Division (South) champions 1950/51
  • FA Cup winners 1897/98, 1958/59
  • League Cup winners 1977/78, 1978/79, 1988/89, 1989/90
  • European Cup winners 1778/79, 1979/80
  • Uefa Super Cup winners 1979
  • Full Members Cup winners 1988/89, 1991/92
  • Charity Shield winners 1978
  • Anglo-Scottish Cup winners: 1977

📍 MATCH DETAILS 

Where: Ashton Gate
When: Tuesday, October 19th, 3pm
Competition: Sky Bet Championship, Matchday 13

Referee: Simon Hooper
Assistant referee: Wade Smith
Assistant referee: Bhupinder Gill
Fourth official: Tom Reeves


⚽️ Our last game: Match action v AFC Bournemouth

City suffered defeat at the hands of the Championship’s unbeaten AFC Bournemouth, who returned to top the table with a 2-0 victory at Ashton Gate.

Jamal Lowe scored the first, before a screamer from Jordan Zemura just before half-time left City with a lot of work to do.

The Robins were left without midfielder Joe Williams who was unable to continue after he picked up an injury in the early exchanges of the contest, while we finished the game with ten men when Andy King was forced off after all substitutions had been made.

 


👀 ONE TO WATCH

Lewis Grabban

Striker Grabban has come to form as Nottingham Forest look to recover from their rough start to the campaign.

The 33-year-old well-travelled forward has found the back of the net five times this season, with his latest strike coming in the form of a late winner against Blackpool on Saturday.

That would be his fifth goal from seven appearances. He has now scored in each of his last three appearances, helping Forest win their laast three games heading to Ashton Gate.

Grabban has been a proven goalscorer through much of his career which started at Crystal Palace in 2005, having represented the likes of Millwall, AFC Bournemouth and Norwich City before he joined Forest from the Cherries for a reported £6million fee in 2018.


⏮ MATCH REWIND...

Bristol City 2-1 Nottingham Forest
16.12.2017
Championship
Ashton Gate

Marlon Pack's first goal of the campaign helped City on their way to a fourth-straight victory in the Sky Bet Championship, with a 2-1 home win against Nottingham Forest.

The midfielder's 25-yard strike put City ahead before Joe Bryan, playing on the left-wing, smashed in the Robins' second goal of the day soon after.

Forest's Kieran Dowell halved the deficit with a stunning long-range strike of his own soon after the restart.

However, the visitors never really threatened a grandstand finish, leaving City to walk away with 12 points from a possible 12 in their last four outings.

 


🆚 HEAD TO HEAD

Bristol City

Matches v the opposition: 96
Won: 22
Drew: 33
Lost: 41

The 2021/22 season so far...

Goals scored: 16
Goals conceded: 17 

Championship position: 11th (16 points)
Carabao Cup: Round One
FA Cup: Round Three (January 2022)

Yellow cards: 18
Red cards: 0

Top goalscorer: Andi Weimann, Chris Martin 4
Most assists: Martin, Weimann 2
Best average rating (Opta): Chris Martin 7.15

Possession: 43.1%
Passing percentage: 68.6%
Tackle success percentage: 67.5%
Average aerial duels won: 27.5

Nottingham Forest

Matches v opposition: 96
Won: 41
Drew: 33
Lost: 22

The 2021/22 season so far...

Goals scored: 18
Goals conceded: 20

Championship position: 16th (14 points)
Carabao Cup: Round Two
FA Cup: Round Three (January 2022)

Yellow cards: 17
Red cards: 1

Top goalscorer: Lewis Grabban 5
Most assists: Philip Zinckernagel 6
Best average rating (Opta): Grabban 7.53

Possession: 48.1%
Passing percentage: 74.4%
Tackle success percentage: 67.8%
Average aerial duels won: 18.8


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