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Jan 30, 2022 at 4pm UK at Cardiff City Stadium
Cardiff
2 - 1
Nott'm Forest
Hugill (6'), Davies (65')
Drameh (52'), Wintle (83')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Davis (90+4')
Colback (27')

Preview: Cardiff City vs. Nottingham Forest - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Sunday's Championship clash between Cardiff City and Nottingham Forest, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Nottingham Forest travel to South Wales to face Cardiff City looking to record their fourth successive win in the Championship.

While the visitors head into Sunday's contest sitting just outside of the playoff places, Cardiff begin the weekend three points above the relegation zone.


Match preview

Nottingham Forest's Ryan Yates celebrates scoring their first goal with teammates on January 25, 2022© Reuters

There was a time at the back end of 2021 where it appeared that Forest were beginning to run out of steam, a feeling highlighted by defeats to Middlesbrough and Huddersfield Town.

However, the start of the transfer window came at the right time for head coach Steve Cooper, and Forest have since recorded four victories in succession in all competitions.

The triumph over Arsenal in the FA Cup was the clear catalyst, but the East Midlands outfit deserve huge credit for following that success with wins over Millwall, Derby County and Barnsley.

Forest somehow remain outside of the playoffs despite recording six wins from eight - the second best return since the start of December - but Cooper and his rejuvenated squad will continue to focus on the long game.

While retaining the services of Brennan Johnson may prove key, Keinan Davis has added a freshness to the attack with the Aston Villa loanee netting his first goal in Tuesday's win against Barnsley.

Nottingham Forest's head coach Steve Cooper on October 19, 2021© Reuters

Steve Morison seemingly finds himself in a difficult position at the Cardiff City Stadium, the interim boss only on a contract until the end of the season and rumours persisting that he may be replaced.

The latter is arguably harsh on the 38-year-old, who has collected some notable results inbetween the six defeats in 13 games, but the club's owners recognise the importance of staying outside of the relegation zone.

Again, it would be harsh to view this contest as last-chance saloon for Morison but with reports suggesting that Neil Warnock may make a return to the club, he will understand the importance of at least avoiding defeat against one of the in-form teams in the division.

Cardiff's next two league games come against Barnsley and Peterborough United, further upping the ante ahead of this contest with extra breathing space above the latter of those teams craved as soon as possible.

Cardiff City Championship form:
  • L
  • D
  • L
  • D
  • L
  • L

Cardiff City form (all competitions):
  • D
  • L
  • D
  • W
  • L
  • L

Nottingham Forest Championship form:
  • W
  • L
  • L
  • W
  • W
  • W

Nottingham Forest form (all competitions):
  • L
  • L
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W



Team News

Nottingham Forest's Max Lowe celebrates scoring their first goal against Millwall in the Championship on September 25, 2021© Reuters

Morison will likely make a number of changes to his Cardiff XI with Sean Morrison and Will Vaulks both options in defence and midfield respectively.

Max Watters is in contention for a start in attack after scoring as a substitute against Bristol City, while Ryan Wintle is another who could be drafted into the team.

While Cardiff are attempting to re-sign Ryan Giles on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers, the paperwork may not be filed in time for this game.

Forest boss Cooper must decide whether to stick with the 4-2-3-1 formation which proved effective against Barnsley, or revert back to the more familiar 3-4-2-1.

The latter appears more likely with Max Lowe expected to come back into the team, a move which would see Ryan Yates drop into a back three and Jack Colback move into midfield.

Cardiff City possible starting lineup:
Smithies; McGuinness, Flint, Morrison; Drameh, Doyle, Pack, Vaulks, Ng; Collins, Watters

Nottingham Forest possible starting lineup:
Samba; Yates, Cook, McKenna; Spence, Garner, Colback, Lowe; Johnson, Grabban; Davis


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We say: Cardiff City 0-2 Nottingham Forest

While Morison's role in the dugout is seemingly under threat, he knows that he cannot afford to be too gung-ho in search of maximum points. Nevertheless, his approach to the game may prove irrelevant given Forest's recent form, and we are backing the visitors to claim a relatively comfortable win.



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How you voted: Cardiff vs Nott'm Forest

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Draw
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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
CFulham4627910106436390
3Huddersfield TownHuddersfield4623131064471782
4Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest4623111273403380
5Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd4621121363451875
6Luton TownLuton462112136355875
7Middlesbrough462010165950970
8Blackburn RoversBlackburn461912155950969
9Millwall461815135345869
10West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom461813155245767
11Queens Park RangersQPR46199186059166
12Coventry CityCoventry461713166059164
13Preston North EndPreston461616145256-464
14Stoke CityStoke461711185752562
15Swansea CitySwansea461613175868-1061
16Blackpool461612185458-460
17Bristol City461510216277-1555
18Cardiff CityCardiff46158235068-1853
19Hull City46149234154-1351
20Birmingham CityBirmingham461114215075-2547
21Reading46138255487-3341
RPeterborough UnitedPeterborough46910274387-4437
RDerby CountyDerby461413194553-834
RBarnsley46612283373-4030

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