Nottingham Forest have hardly been full of goals this season, but history suggests that the floodgates may open in their next outing against Wigan.

Unfortunately, there is no way of telling in which direction the tide will flow.

Will a Red Sea wash the Latics away or will three points sail back off to Lancashire?

Not long to wait now before we find out.

It is unlikely that a final outing of 2019 will deliver a dour goalless draw.

Saying that out loud has probably cursed matters and 0-0 is now guaranteed, but that has never previously happened when Wigan visit Trentside.

Attack tends to dominate over defence.

With the Latics still relatively new to the upper echelons of the League pyramid, their path has not crossed with Forest all that often.

It was not until the 2003-04 season that they first locked horns.

Chapter

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On May 1, 2004, Wigan arrived at the City Ground to open a new chapter.

Forest ran out 1-0 winners on the day courtesy of a David Johnson effort.

The following year, in March 2005, a 1-1 draw was played out in Nottingham.

Wigan’s memorable spell in the Premier League then pulled the two sides apart, but an indicator of what was to come came in a 2012 League Cup clash.

The Latics visited NG2 that year and left with a resounding 4-1 win.

They repeated that feat in the following campaign after returning to second tier action against the Reds.

Momentum has swung in Forest’s favour since then, in more goal-laden contests.

A first victory over the Latics in almost 11 years was secured in February 2015, with Britt Assombalonga, Chris Burke and Henri Lansbury getting their names on the scoresheet.

In 2016-17, Wigan took in an early-season outing at the City Ground and found themselves edged out in a seven-goal thriller.

Target

 

Assombalonga and Burke (of the Oliver variety this time) were back on target.

In the 86th minute, it appeared as though Will Grigg’s second of the game had snatched a point for the visitors.

Thomas Lam did not offer too much to the Forest cause over the course of a largely forgettable spell, but that day he grabbed a stoppage-time winner in a 4-3 victory.

There was no repeat of that drama last season, but another four goals.

Joe Lolley, Matty Cash and Adlene Guedioura eased Forest to three points in what was the first success of the brief Martin O’Neill era.

Sabri Lamouci is now calling the shots and already has cause to want revenge against Wigan.

A much-changed Reds side slipped to a 1-0 defeat at the DW Stadium in October.

They have the chance to make amends before the turn of the year.

With a welcome return to winning ways enjoyed at Hull on Boxing Day, confidence has been restored to the Reds’ ranks.

Lewis Grabban is back in the groove and there is every reason to expect more of the same on Sunday.

With 27 goals across just seven meetings between Forest and Wigan at the City Ground, firework displays may start early as we prepare to enter 2020.

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