The opening home game of the season usually, more often that not, sets the tone for the rest of the season. It did last year against the same opposition, so the Seagulls will be hoping to do it again this time around.
Forest started off with a nervy looking home win last Saturday against newcomers Burton Albion, and will be hoping that this game isnt to similar. While they may have looked great in attack, they looked all over the place at the back, and Burton easily exploited that, so against better opposition Forest will likely struggle to keep clean sheets. Danny Fox is still unavailable due to suspension, but manager Philippe Montanier will reap the changes from mid weeks success against Doncaster. Britt Assombalonga scored 2 last week, and will be the danger man for the Reds in attack.
FACT; Forest are usually involved in low scoring encounters; 30 of the 46 league games last season only had 2 or less goals in it.
Chris Hughton made 11 changes in midweek, and is expected to name the same or similar line-up, to the one which drew away to Forest’s rivals Derby last Saturday. Uwe Hunemier and Solly March are both back in training, but the game will come too quick for them, while Connor Goldson is still unavailable.
FACT; Brighton scored in all but 5 home games last season (40 in total)
Last Time We Met; NFFC - BHAFC (11/4/16)
A injury time winner from Steve Sidwell kept alive Brighton hopes of automatic promotion. Lewis Dunk gave the Seagulls a first half lead, but Dexter Blackstock level 5 minutes after the interval. Sidwell popped up with the winner in the 93rd minute, to send back memories of Leo Ulloa’s late injury time winner back in 2014.
In the 35 games played between the 2 sides, Forest have 15 wins, while Brighton have come out triumphant 10 times, including both games last season. Brighton’s last victory at home to Forest was back in the opening season of their return to the second tier (December 2011).
Rosenior, Bruno, Dunk, Bong;
Knockaert, Sidwell, Kayal, Skalak;
Brighton 2-1 Forest