Blackburn Rovers vs Nottingham Forest Match Analysis & Prediction

Blackburn Rovers

21/12/2022 10:45 pm

Nottingham Forest

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.

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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.

  • 01/01/2020
    Nottingham Forest
    3
    Blackburn Rovers
    2
    Championship
  • 17/10/2020
    Blackburn Rovers
    0
    Nottingham Forest
    1
    Championship
  • 20/02/2021
    Nottingham Forest
    1
    Blackburn Rovers
    0
    Championship
  • 18/08/2021
    Nottingham Forest
    1
    Blackburn Rovers
    2
    Championship
  • 09/02/2022
    Blackburn Rovers
    0
    Nottingham Forest
    2
    Championship

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

  • 13/11/2022
    Burnley
    3
    Blackburn Rovers
    0
    Championship
  • 02/12/2022
    Blackburn Rovers
    4
    Hearts
    0
    Club Friendlies
  • 03/12/2022
    Ajax
    0
    Blackburn Rovers
    2
    Club Friendlies
  • 10/12/2022
    Blackburn Rovers
    1
    Preston North End
    4
    Championship
  • 17/12/2022
    Norwich City
    0
    Blackburn Rovers
    2
    Championship

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

  • 12/11/2022
    Nottingham Forest
    1
    Crystal Palace
    0
    Premier League
  • 02/12/2022
    Stoke City
    2
    Nottingham Forest
    1
    Club Friendlies
  • 06/12/2022
    Atromitos
    3
    Nottingham Forest
    2
    Club Friendlies
  • 10/12/2022
    Olympiakos
    1
    Nottingham Forest
    0
    Club Friendlies
  • 16/12/2022
    Valencia
    1
    Nottingham Forest
    2
    Club Friendlies

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