Huge game Monday night, as Brighton travel to Nottingham to play a Forest side who have significantly under performed this season. Forest sit 20th in the table, and while it’s unlikely they will go down, they can’t breathe easily until it’s confirmed mathematically, with their performances woeful. Brighton on the other hand are involved in a 3-way battle royale for the 2 promotion places; they know that only a win will do here, with both Burnley and Middlesbrough holding their nerve at the weekend to pick up valuable 3 points.
Nottingham Forest News;
Michael Mancienne and Kelvin Wilson will both be checked ahead of the game after picking up injuries in Forest’s last 2 games. Eric Lichaj will be available after serving his 1 match suspension. Nelson Oliveira is the leading scorer for Forest with 9 goals; however he hasn’t played since March the 8th after picking up a groin injury.
FACT; After going 13 games unbeaten, Forest have now lost 8 of their last 10 games.
Sam Baldock and Bobby Zamora will both be missing for the game, but Chris Hughton hopes to have both back in time for Friday’s visit of Fulham. Other than long term absentee’s in Uwe Hunemeier and Solly March, Hughton has a fully fit squad to chose from. Tomer Hemed remains on 13 league goals this term; he has scored 5 in the last 7 games however.
FACT; In the last 15 games, Brighton have won 9, drawn 4 and lost just 2, scoring 25 goals and conceding 13 (keeping 8 clean sheets).
Earlier In The Season: BHAFC - NFFC (7/8/15);
The opening game of the season, and the beginning of the unbeaten run. A Kazenga LuaLua goal was enough to grab all 3 points in front of the Sky cameras.
Forest have won 10 of the 25 previous matches between the 2, with Brighton winning 8. Both sides have won 2 games in the last 5 matches, with 13 goals being scored in those games. However, it’s expected not to be the same fast-paced game with both teams wanting the 3 points.
Bruno, Goldson, Dunk, Rosenior;
Knockaert, Kayal, Sidwell, Stephens, Muprhy;
Forest 0-2 Brighton