Blackburn Rovers vs Nottingham Forest Match Analysis & Prediction
21/12/2022 10:45 pm
Nottingham Forest will get back to competitive action on Wednesday as they take on Blackburn Rovers at the Ewood Park in the EFL Cup fourth round.
While the hosts continue to hold third place in the Championship, the visitors are occupying 18th spot in the Premier League.
Jon Dahl Tomasson had previously witnessed Blackburn suffer a 4-1 defeat at home to rivals Preston North End, a concerining result ahead of a trip to promotion rivals Norwich City.
However, Blackburn responded with claiming a 2-0 victory in East Anglia, a result which ensured that they remained in third place in the table ahead of their hosts.
They have now gone 23 matches in the Championship withput registering a draw, yet that was the result in the last round of this competition when they faced West Ham United.
Nevertheless, after a 2-2 draw, Rovers prevailed in penalty shootout, setting up an opportunity to reach the last eight of this competition for the first time in 11 years.
Meanwhile, Nottingham Forest were one of the clubs who did not want the World Cup break to arrive, Steve Cooper’s side registering successive victories over Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace.
That result represented the first time that Forest had recorded back-to-back victories all season, but it feels that momentum has disappeared in recent weeks.
Nottingham Forest lost three friendlies on the bounce to Stoke City, Atromitos and Olympiacos before claiming a 2-1 victory over Valencia on Friday.
Taiwo Awoniyi and Emmanuel Dennis both scored against the Spanish giants to boost Cooper’s and Nottingham’s mood heading into their return to competitive action.
With Manchester United and Chelsea to follow in the Premier League, Cooper will be eager to see his side produce a strong performance against opponents who proved on Saturday that they are back up to speed.
Blackburn Rovers vs. Nottingham Forest Head to head
These two teams have rpeviously met on 73 occasions across all competitions, where Blackburn have claimed 32 victories while Nottingham have won 19, and they have drawn in 22. Blackburn have scored 131 goals and conceded 92. In their last five meetings, Nottingham have won four and Blackburn one.
01/01/2020Nottingham Forest3Blackburn Rovers2Championship
17/10/2020Blackburn Rovers0Nottingham Forest1Championship
20/02/2021Nottingham Forest1Blackburn Rovers0Championship
18/08/2021Nottingham Forest1Blackburn Rovers2Championship
09/02/2022Blackburn Rovers0Nottingham Forest2Championship
Blackburn Rovers Team News
Joe Rankin-Costello, Daniel Ayala, Sam Gallagher and Harry Pickering are all unlikely to be risked for Blackburn.
Tayo Edun has been a regular in the EFL Cup and should feature at left wing-back, while Ryan Hedges, Scott Wharton and Sammie Szmodics are among players in line for a recall.
Blackburn Rovers's Last 5 Matches
02/12/2022Blackburn Rovers4Hearts0Club Friendlies
03/12/2022Ajax0Blackburn Rovers2Club Friendlies
10/12/2022Blackburn Rovers1Preston North End4Championship
17/12/2022Norwich City0Blackburn Rovers2Championship
Nottingham Forest Team News
Cooper may be prepared to select the side which started in the victory over Valencia on Friday, with Harry Toffolo deputising at right-back.
However, the likes of Brennan Johnson, Willy Boly and Dennis were among the replacements on that occasions and all will be looking to be recalled into the side.
Nottingham Forest's Last 5 Matches
12/11/2022Nottingham Forest1Crystal Palace0Premier League
02/12/2022Stoke City2Nottingham Forest1Club Friendlies
06/12/2022Atromitos3Nottingham Forest2Club Friendlies
10/12/2022Olympiakos1Nottingham Forest0Club Friendlies
16/12/2022Valencia1Nottingham Forest2Club Friendlies
Blackburn Rovers vs. Nottingham Forest: Odds and Predictions
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