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Two teams seeking distractions from the gritty start of their respective league campaigns are battling it out in the EFL Cup on Tuesday as Nottingham Forest Host for Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The hosts took a 2-1 win over Bradford City to advance to the second round while Bruno location will take over his first cup encounter for the guests.
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Forest may have missed Bradford in the first round of the EFL Cup earlier this month, but that’s all Chris Hughton‘s men had to scream into their 2021-22 championship campaign after a horror start.
Four straight defeats to Coventry City, Blackburn Rovers, Bournemouth and Stoke City have Forest anchored in bottom-of-the-table bout next weekend with Derby County as the only team that haven’t scored a single point of the season.
Last time out Josh TymonThe 66th-minute winner for Stoke stretched Hughton’s winless streak in the championship to 10 games – while also marking their fifth straight defeat in the second division – but the return of a certain Manchester United loaner should be an urgent one needed injection of optimism.
As a matter of fact, James Garner has returned to the club after scoring four goals in 20 championship games last season and the 20-year-old would do well to pick up where he left off at Forest, especially as the pressure on Hughton’s shoulders increases with each defeat will .
Forest has at least managed to move further than the 2020-21 EFL Cup – where they suffered a first-round loss to Barnsley – and they’ve only been eliminated once in the second round since 2010, losing 4-1 to Wigan Athletic too this time in the 2012/13 season.
Continuing the theme from their last pre-season game – a 1-0 loss to Celta Vigo – the Wolves were sunk by a goal to zero in their two Premier League opening games against Champions League pursuers Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur .
With Harry Kane to watch from the bench as Santo returned to the ground on which he brought European football, Alli. Clear In the ninth minute, the ball smoothly rolled home from the penalty spot and the Wolves had no answer for the remainder of the 90 minutes.
Zero out of a possible six is hardly the ideal way to begin a new reign in management, but the caliber of the Wolves’ opponents needs to be taken into account and the games don’t get any easier as Manchester United ambush the men from situation August 29th.
Additionally, with just 48 hours between visiting Spurs and the trip to the City Ground, Lages Management is being put to the test as the Wolves try to avoid a repeat of their 2020-21 fortune, in which Stoke City sent them round pack two.
Forest beat Wolves 2-0 in the 2017/18 championship season in Molineux, but the Premier League side is unbeaten four times at the City Ground and has trumped three of these second division matches.
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Forest’s treatment room is well staffed at the moment, with Jordan Osei tutu (paralyze), Joe Worrall (Calf), Joe Lolley (Disease) and Loic Mbe Soh (Bar) still absent.
Be right back Jordan Lawrence-Gabriel will be available after serving a suspension against Stoke, but 18 year old Fin back hopes to keep his place in the first XI for the time being.
With reversing championship luck surely the top priority right now, Hughton might be tempted to refresh the team with players like Garner, Brennan Johnson and Lewis Grabban in the middle of the week.
Wolves tend to stay thin on the ground due to injuries Jonny, Daniel Podence and Pedro Neto Long-term absenteeism during Yerson Mosquera, Hugo Bueno and Willy Boly everyone struggles with hamstring problems.
Given the extremely fast turnaround in the games, it would be a surprise to see Lage in the starting line-up from the first whistle on Sunday, with the changes possibly starting with John Ruddy substitute Jose Sa in the target.
Ki-Jana Hoever, Fabio Silva, Rayan Ait Nouri and Leander Dendoncker are some of the recognized names to pop up here to begin with while teenagers Chem Campbell and Luke Cundle could earn a few minutes in the engine room.
Nottingham Forest possible starting line-up:
Horvath; Back, Figueiredo, Harbottle, Bong; Garner, Colback; Zinckernagel, Johnson, Mighten; Grabban
Wolverhampton Wanderers possible starting line-up:
Reddish; Marques, Saiss, Nya; Hoever, Dendoncker, Gibbs-White, Ait Nouri; Harkin, Silva, Campbell
Probability: Nottingham Forest 0-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
A full strength Wolves shouldn’t have a problem brushing aside a fancy forest, but location will be practically forced to a full team of changes after Sunday’s battle with Spurs.
The hosts are struggling with injury and morale issues, however, and with the Wolves going to call the cavalry from the bench if necessary, we still expect Lage’s team to get through.
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