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Cardiff City will be visiting The City Ground on Sunday for the Championship fixture with home team Nottingham Forest.
Our Nottingham Forest v Cardiff City predictions, statistics and match poll can be seen below (plus the best game odds).
Nottingham Forest enter this fixture after a 1-1 Championship draw versus Derby County.
In that match, Nottingham Forest managed 49% possession and 13 attempts at goal with 4 of them on target. The scorer for Nottingham Forest was Brennan Johnson (82'). For their opponents, Derby County got 13 shots on goal with 4 on target. Tom Lawrence (11') scored for Derby County.
It’s been a rare occasion in recent games that Nottingham Forest have kept a clean sheet. In fact, Nottingham Forest have failed to prevent opponents from scoring in 6 of their previous 6 clashes, letting in 11 goals in the process. That sort of pattern might not follow through into this next game, though.
Heading into this fixture, Nottingham Forest haven’t won at home in the past 5 matches in the league. Their supporters are understandably frustrated.
After tasting defeat last time out to Bristol City in Championship competition, Cardiff City and their travelling fans will hope for a better result here.
In that game, Cardiff City managed 62% possession and 12 attempts at goal with 5 of them on target. At the other end, Bristol City got 9 shots on goal with 5 on target. Andreas Weimann (21', 70') and Daniel Bentley (59' Own goal) scored for Bristol City.
The numbers tell their own story, and Cardiff City have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 matches, letting opponents get 9 goals in all. At the back, Cardiff City have clearly had some problems.
Looking at the pre-match facts, Cardiff City:
- remain undefeated by Nottingham Forest in away games against them for the last 6 league matches. Travelling fans have really enjoyed these clashes.
- have not been beaten in their last 5 league matches away from home.
Head to head
Looking at the statistics for their head to head duels dating back to 21/04/2018, neither club has come out on top overall with Nottingham Forest winning 3 of those games, Cardiff City 3 and 0 being draws after 90 minutes of play.
In all, 9 goals were produced between them in these games, with 4 for The Reds and 5 coming from The Bluebirds. The average goals per game has been 1.5.
The last league clash between these clubs was Championship match day 39 on 02/04/2021 which finished with the scoreline of Cardiff City 0-1 Nottingham Forest.
In that game, Cardiff City had 51% possession and 18 attempts on goal with 3 on target.
Nottingham Forest got 8 shots at goal with 1 on target. James Garner (29') was the scorer.
The referee was Gavin Ward.
Team News: Nottingham Forest
The Nottingham Forest boss Chris Hughton will be thankful to have no fitness worries to speak of coming into this game with a fully healthy squad ready to go.
Team News: Cardiff City
Owing to an otherwise available group, there’s only a single fitness issue for the Cardiff City boss Mick McCarthy to contend with. Joel Bagan (Shoulder Injury) misses out for this game.
We’re thinking that Nottingham Forest could find themselves struggling to score against this Cardiff City side who we think might score at least once to put them ahead.
With that in mind, we reckon that it will be a very competitive encounter with a 0-1 advantage for Cardiff City at the end of the 90.
We’ll see what happens.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: The City Ground (30,445)
Captain: Lewis Grabban
Chairman: Nicholas Randall QC
Manager: Chris Hughton
Competitions: Championship position 24