Competition: Sky Bet Championship Date: Saturday 14th December 2019 Venue: The City Ground Kick-Off: 15:00 BST Referee: James Linington
Yuri Ribeiro, Samba Sow and Carl Jenkinson all missed out in midweek as Sabri Lamouchi revealed pre-match that the game came ‘too early’ for them. However, he admitted that there’s a possibility they could be back for this game.
Lamouchi may be tempted to start Ribeiro if he is fit. Jack Robinson looked below-par against Middlesbrough. Ribeiro was producing some very impressive performances before picking up his injury and could find himself straight back in.
As for Sheffield Wednesday, Garry Monk does have a few injuries to contend with for this game.
Fernando Forestieri’s knee injury has turned out to be worse than first feared. He didn’t feature against Derby County in midweek and remains a doubt for this game.
Both Sam Hutchinson and Moses Odubajo won’t feature against the Reds due to suspension.
Kieren Westwood also missed out on Wednesday’s game against the Rams with a shoulder injury. Liam Palmer was back available for selection following his suspension, but couldn’t force his way back into the matchday squad.
The Owls will go head-to-head with the Reds knowing that a win could see them move two points clear of Lamouchi’s men in the race for promotion.
The Owls are unbeaten in four and have been in good form under the management of Monk. They’ve won two of their last three games, with one of those games being away from home against Charlton Athletic.
Forest will be hoping to return to winning ways to avoid falling out of the top six in the Championship.
Despite Tuesday’s draw against Middlesbrough, the Reds remain fifth in the table. Lamouchi’s men did more than enough to win in midweek, but weren’t able to kill the game off.
Lamouchi will be hoping his side can end their poor run of form at home. They’ve only won four games at the City Ground all season, and are struggling to score goals on home soil.
Forest (4-2-3-1): Samba; Cash, Dawson, Worrall, Ribeiro; Watson, Yates; Lolley, Silva, Ameobi; Grabban.
Sheffield Wednesday (4-4-2): Dawson; Palmer, Iorfa, Lees, Fox; Reach, Luongo, Bannan, Harris; Rhodes, Fletcher.
One to watch
With six goals in his last five starts, it’s hard to look beyond in-form Steven Fletcher as the one to watch.
The former Sunderland and Wolverhampton Wanderers striker has been in superb form in recent weeks. He seems to be loving life under the management of Monk, and remains one of the most dangerous strikers in the division.
The 32-year-old linked up superbly with midfielder on Barry Bannan for his goal against Derby. The Reds will have to ensure that the forward doesn’t get the same service on Saturday. If he does, the chances are he’ll find the back of the net.
Some tickets do remain for home supporters. They are said to be selling quickly with limited availability across the City Ground. They can be purchased from the ticket office online and in person.
Nottingham Forest’s clash with Sheffield Wednesday won’t be available to watch live on television. There will be highlights of the game broadcast on EFL on Quest at 9pm on Saturday.
BBC Radio Nottingham will have live match commentary on frequency 103.8.