Nottingham Forest vs Wolverhampton Wanderers Match Analysis & Prediction
11/01/2023 10:45 pm
Looking to avoid a second domestic cup exit in the space of a week, Nottingham Forest host Wolverhampton Wanderers at the City Ground for Wednesday’s EFL Cup quarter-final.
While the hosts were beaten 4-1 by Blackpool in their FA Cup third-round tie last time out, while the visitors managed to take Liverpool to a replay following a 2-2 draw.
Nottingham Forest are within touching distance of reaching the EFL Cup semi-final for the first time since the 1991-92 season, where they eventually went down to Manchester United in the final.
Their most recent quarter-final tie ended in defeat, losing 3-1 on aggregate to Tranmere Rovers in 1993-94, but they have already notched up a tournament-high nine goals in victories over Grimsby Town, Tottenham Hotspur and Blackburn Rovers this time around.
Two defeats from five across all competitions since the return of club football is hardly a disastrous record for Forest, who also have a six-game unbeaten run at the City Ground.
Goals from Darwin Nunez and Mohamed Salah cancelled out Goncalo Guedes’ opener before Hwang Hee-chan leveled the scores again, and Wolves through they had knocked the holders out right at the death through Toti, only for the offside flag to go up after Matheus Nunes apparently received the ball behind the last defender.
However, a lack of available camera angles meant that VAR could not intervene, forcing Wolves to fit another fixture into their schedule as they also try to pull away from the threat of Premier League relegation, sitting second from bottom in the standings.
It has been 27 years since Wolves last progressed to the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup, losing to Aston Villa in 1996, and not since winning the crown for the second time in 1980 have the visitors gone as far as the final four.
Nottingham Forest vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers Head to head
In the previous 76 meetings between these two sides across all competitions, Nottinghan Forest have claimed 25 victories while Wolves have won 36, and they have drawn in 15. Wolves have scored 124 goals and conceded 111 in the process.
04/04/2017Wolverhampton Wanderers1Nottingham Forest0Championship
16/09/2017Nottingham Forest1Wolverhampton Wanderers2Championship
20/01/2018Wolverhampton Wanderers0Nottingham Forest2Championship
24/08/2021Nottingham Forest0Wolverhampton Wanderers4EFL Cup
15/10/2022Wolverhampton Wanderers1Nottingham Forest0Premier League
Nottingham Forest Team News
Omar Richards, Jesse Lingard, Giulian Biancone, Cheikhou Kouyate and Moussa Niakhate will miss out for Nottingham Forest.
Neco Williams will need assessing after picking up a knock in the FA Cup, but he was always likely to drop out for Serge Aurier anyway, while Taiwo Awoniyi could lead the line.
Nottingham Forest's Last 5 Matches
21/12/2022Blackburn Rovers1Nottingham Forest4EFL Cup
27/12/2022Manchester United3Nottingham Forest0Premier League
01/01/2023Nottingham Forest1Chelsea1Premier League
04/01/2023Southampton0Nottingham Forest1Premier League
07/01/2023Blackpool4Nottingham Forest1FA Cup
Wolverhampton Wanderers Team News
Daniel Podence will aim to shake off a knock in time to make the Wolves squad for this game, but Chiquinho, Boubacar Traore, Pedro Neto and Sasa Kalajdzic are all out of contention.
Rayan Ait-Nouri came off with a knock at Anfield and will need assessment, but Hugo Bueno is more than capable of filling in on the left-hand side.
Wolverhampton Wanderers's Last 5 Matches
20/12/2022Wolverhampton Wanderers2Gillingham0EFL Cup
26/12/2022Everton1Wolverhampton Wanderers2Premier League
31/12/2022Wolverhampton Wanderers0Manchester United1Premier League
04/01/2023Aston Villa1Wolverhampton Wanderers1Premier League
07/01/2023Liverpool2Wolverhampton Wanderers2FA Cup
Nottingham Forest vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers: Odds and Predictions
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