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Aug 18, 2021 at 7.45pm UK at The City Ground
Nott'm Forest
1 - 2
Zinckernagel (69')
Colback (54'), Gabriel (85'), Gabriel (90')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Ayala (47'), Lenihan (86')
Gallagher (66'), Carter (71'), Brereton Diaz (90+2')

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

Sports Mole previews Wednesday's Championship clash between Nottingham Forest and Blackburn Rovers, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Nottingham Forest play host to Blackburn Rovers on Wednesday evening on the back of losing two successive fixtures in the Championship.

Despite having sold star man Adam Armstrong, Blackburn make the trip to the City Ground after claiming four points from games with Swansea City and Millwall.

Match preview

Nottingham Forest manager Chris Hughton gives instructions to his players on August 8, 2021© Reuters

On the back of last season's disappointing results, Forest supporters would have been relatively confident about picking up points from fixtures against Coventry City and Bournemouth.

However, back-to-back 2-1 defeats have left Forest as one of just two clubs still looking for their first point in the Championship, keeping the pressure on Chris Hughton.

The fact that no team possesses a 100% record in the division means that the East Midlands outfit are effectively just one win from making significant progress up the table.

Nevertheless, Forest have been left to focus on playing one game at a time during a period where Hughton and the club's owners will be looking to attract new signings.

On a positive note, recent arrival Philip Zinckernagel marked his first Championship start with the assist for Scott McKenna's goal against Bournemouth.

Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray pictured in December 2020© Reuters

Like at Forest, fans of Blackburn have had to endure a quiet summer in the transfer market, a consequence of Armstrong's big-money exit not taking place until last week.

That said, Tony Mowbray now has funds to improve a squad of players which have already collected four points from fixtures where they were the clear underdogs.

The point at Millwall was all the more impressive through Blackburn being second best at The Den, a quality which Mowbray will hope stands his side in good stead going forward.

Having opted for a lack of rotation during the EFL Cup, many members of Mowbray's squad will be playing their fourth game in just 11 days on Wednesday night.

Nottingham Forest Championship form:
  • L
  • L

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

Blackburn Rovers Championship form:
  • W
  • D

Blackburn Rovers form (all competitions):
  • W
  • L
  • D

Team News

Sam Gallagher celebrates scoring the winner for Blackburn Rovers on July 18, 2020© Reuters

Mowbray must decide whether to stick with the 3-5-2 formation which he used during the second half against Millwall.

Tyrhys Dolan was withdrawn at the break to accommodate Hayden Carter, but the Blackburn attacker may get the nod ahead of Sam Gallagher.

Liverpool loanee Leighton Clarkson is expected to be named on the substitutes' bench.

Forest will remain without Gaetan Bong as the left-back continues his suspension for violent conduct against Coventry.

Joao Carvalho, Alex Mighten and Lewis Grabban are all in contention for a recall in the final third.

Cafu may also be preferred in midfield if Hughton opts to introduce fresh legs.

Nottingham Forest possible starting lineup:
Samba; Lawrence-Gabriel, McKenna, Figueiredo, Osei-Tutu; Yates, Cafu; Mighten, Johnson, Zinckernagel; Grabban

Blackburn Rovers possible starting lineup:
Kaminski; Ayala, Lenihan, Carter; Nyambe, Buckley, Rothwell, Travis, Pickering; Brereton Diaz, Dolan

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We say: Nottingham Forest 2-1 Blackburn Rovers

Despite their recent defeats, Forest can claim that luck has gone against them in both fixtures.

With that in mind, we feel that Hughton's side will finally get a win on the board on Wednesday night, outlasting a Blackburn side that did not rotate in the EFL Cup last week.

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