Nottingham Forest return to Championship action this weekend as they face Swansea City at the City Ground.
Having dropped points against Aston Villa and Ipswich Town, the Reds need to secure three points to keep their play-off hopes realistically alive. With just eight games to go, time is running out to make a late push.
The Reds currently find themselves three points off the play-offs. They now have Sheffield Wednesday, Bristol City, Derby County and Preston North End between themselves and the play-off positions. Aston Villa and Middlesbrough occupy the final two spots.
It’s difficult to predict exactly how the Swans will play, due to their inconsistency in the division this season.
Even though the Reds have struggled away from home all season, they have been solid at home under Martin O’Neill. They will be looking to bounce back from the disappointing defeat against Villa last time out at the City Ground.
Ahead of tomorrow’s game, Seat Pitch has taken a look at three players that the Reds will have to deal with if they are to secure the three points.
There’s no doubt that on his day, Bersant Celina is a joy to watch. After an unsettling couple of years with two loan spells during his time at Manchester City, the 22-year-old seems to have settled at the Liberty Stadium.
Due to the amount of talent that left the club in the summer, Celina was always likely to play a key role this season. He has made 30 league appearances under the management of Graham Potter, scoring five goals and racking up four assists. It’s fair to say that majority of Swansea’s attacking play goes through the Kosovo international.
One player who is certainly catching the eye at the Liberty Stadium at the moment is Dan James. Having scored the winner for Wales last weekend, he is grabbing a lot of headlines and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him linked with Premier League sides in the summer.
The 21-year-old winger came close to securing a move to Leeds United just a few months ago, only for the deal to be blocked last minute. He is one of many young players to be utilised by Potter this season, and his pace can cause any team in the division problems.
He has made 19 appearances in the Championship so far this season, scoring two goals and racking up four assists. That isn’t a bad return for a young player enjoying his first taste of first team football.
Due to their lack of striking options, the Swans have been heavily reliant on Ollie McBurnie this season. The 22-year-old enjoyed a successful loan spell at Barnsley last season, and has been able to build on that.
He has made 36 appearances for the Swans in all competitions so far, finding the back of the net 18 times.
He will certainly fancy his chances of adding to his tally before the end of the season.