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City of Stoke Host for Nottingham Forest on Saturday afternoon to extend their unbeaten start to the championship to four games.
Meanwhile, Forest has suffered three consecutive 2-1 defeats, a series of results that makes them one of two teams that haven’t scored a single point.
Prediction for this match
While Stoke had an uninspiring second half until last season, there has been little criticism of the club’s business in the transfer market this summer.
Although there were only four notable additions, the signatures of Ben Wilmot, Leo Ostigard, Mario Vrancic and Sam Surridge have already achieved a lot.
Michael O’Neill won’t get carried away by seven points from three games.
However, there’s no reason to believe the Potters won’t emerge as contenders for promotion, especially given the prospect of more additions before the end of the month.
The game plan looks good for Stoke but O’Neill will emphasize the need for another three points before the trip to Fulham.
From Forest’s point of view, they have reached a point where they would gratefully accept some of the loot after three defeats in a row.
The performances of Chris Hughton‘s side doesn’t necessarily justify zero points at this stage, but the Forest boss knows that their current streak has to end as soon as possible.
Only six players have started the first triple header each, proof that Hughton has struggled with injuries and new players have been brought to the City Ground.
However, this will not serve as an excuse for their setbacks and the pressure is on to show a cutting edge at either end of the pitch at the bet365 stadium.
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Nick Powell is a doubt for Stoke after sustaining a hamstring injury at Liberty Stadium on Tuesday night.
O’Neill can choose not to take any risk on the playmaker Jordan Thompson most likely to take its place.
Forest has problems with the full-back positions Jordan Lawrence-Gabriel serve a suspension and Jordi Osei tutu after sustaining a hamstring injury.
Gaetan Bong will return to left-back after his own suspension while Youngster Finley back will likely play right.
Cafu, Joao Carvalho and Lyle Taylor are also pushing for opportunities in the Forest XI.
Stoke City possible starting line-up:
Bursic; Ostigard, Souttar, Wilmot; Smith, Thompson, Allen, Clucas, Tymon; Surridge, brown
Nottingham Forest possible starting line-up:
Samba; Back, Figueiredo, McKenna, Bong; Zinckernagel, Yates, Cafu, Mighten; Johnson; Taylor
Probability: Stoke City 2-1 Nottingham Forest
Despite their opposing start to the season, we believe that this competition will be competitive during the 90 minutes. However, Forest could find it hard to shake the feeling of narrow defeat and they could succumb here in another close match.
Best betting tip for this match
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