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Preview: Blackburn Rovers vs. Nottingham Forest - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Saturday's Championship fixture between Blackburn Rovers and Nottingham Forest, including predictions, teams news and possible lineups.

Sixth place Blackburn Rovers prepare for the visit of struggling Nottingham Forest this weekend – the first of their seven Championship fixtures in the space of 21 days.

The trip to Rovers will be Chris Hughton's first game in charge of Forest, and he will be attempting to secure their first points of the season after a woeful start.


Match preview

Bradley Johnson celebrates scoring for Blackburn Rovers against Derby on September 26, 2020© Reuters

Tony Mowbray's Blackburn side have only conceded once in the league so far, but goals at the other end of the pitch have not been a problem, having already put Derby County and Wycombe Wanderers to the sword, winning four and five-nil respectively.

However, it has to be said that those two impressive wins have been book-ended with average performances away to Bournemouth and then at home to ten-man Cardiff, where they failed to pass the eye-test on both occasions.

Mowbray will be looking for more consistency from his side over the coming weeks, and with one eye on the transfer market, new recruits might be the solution.

Defender Barry Douglas looks likely to join the Lancashire club before the deadline passes. However, they could turn their attention to Leicester City's Luke Thomas if they are unable to complete a deal for the Leeds United left-back.

Brighton manager Chris Hughton on April 23, 2019© Reuters

Hughton arrived at the City Ground just over a week ago, having replaced Sabri Lamouchi at the helm after a very poor start to the 2020-21 campaign

Hughton, 61, becomes Forest's sixth manager in the space of four years, and he will be hoping to deliver promotion for a club that so narrowly missed out on the play-offs last season.

It is no secret that Forest are looking to add to their squad before the transfer window closes, with the Reds currently sitting 22nd in the Championship table, after not picking up a single point in their opening four matches of the season.

It is understood that Hughton has registered interest in Fulham's Anthony Knockaert and Liverpool midfielder Harry Wilson, two signings that would be greeted with open arms by the Forest faithful.

Blackburn Rovers Championship form: LWWD
Blackburn Rovers form (all competitions): LLWWD

Nottingham Forest Championship form: LLLL
Nottingham Forest form (all competitions): LLLLL


Team News

Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray pictured in December 2019© Reuters

Rovers will welcome back Thomas Kaminski and Corry Evans to the fold on Friday after their respective spells away on international duty, though Derrick Williams is set to miss the Forest fixture after withdrawing from the Republic of Ireland squad on Sunday.

Darragh Lenihan missed the 0-0 draw with Cardiff City with a groin problem picked up in training on the eve of the game, but is expected to return to the starting lineup.

Hughton has seemingly inherited a squad with a clean bill of health but will need to decide whether Lyle Taylor will get the nod ahead of Lewis Grabban.

Blackburn Rovers possible starting lineup:
Kaminski; Nyambe, Lenihan, Ayala, Bell; Johnson, Holtby, Rothwell; Dolan, Armstrong, Brereton

Nottingham Forest possible starting lineup:
Samba; Christie, Soh, McKenna, Blackett; Sow, Colback, Arter; Lolley, Grabban, Ameobi



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We say: Blackburn Rovers 2-0 Nottingham Forest

This will undoubtedly be a tough opening game for Chris Hughton, who will need time to put his stamp on the team and get them playing the way he wants. Though we see Forest improving in the coming weeks, we expect this fixture - against a free-flowing Blackburn side - to be too tall an order for Hughton's men.


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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
CNorwich CityNorwich462910775363997
4Swansea CitySwansea4623111256391780
5Barnsley46239145850878
6Bournemouth4622111373462777
7Reading461913146254870
8Cardiff CityCardiff4618141466491768
9Queens Park RangersQPR461911165755268
10Middlesbrough461810185553264
11Millwall461517144752-562
12Luton TownLuton461711184152-1162
13Preston North EndPreston46187214956-761
14Stoke CityStoke461515165052-260
15Blackburn RoversBlackburn4615121965541157
16Coventry CityCoventry461413194961-1255
17Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest461216183745-852
18Birmingham CityBirmingham461313203761-2452
19Bristol City46156254668-2251
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield461213215071-2149
21Derby CountyDerby461111243658-2244
RWycombe WanderersWycombe461110253969-3043
RRotherham UnitedRotherham46119264460-1642
RSheffield WednesdaySheff Weds461211234061-2141

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