Several weeks ago this would have been billed as a top-of-the-table outing, with both of these teams starting the campaign on fire and occupying the automatic promotion spots. However, over recent weeks their form has taken a hit and now, both are looking for points to return to the playoff picture.
Nevertheless, one could argue that automatic promotion should be well and truly off the agenda for home team Wolves anyway. Even though they were by far and away the best team in League One last term, few expected them to achieve back-to-back promotions. It didn’t stop them starting the season in stunning form, but it’s now up to Kenny Jackett to rejuvenate the Molineux outfit and make them recover from the poor few weeks they have experienced. November has been a truly awful month and after being held to a goalless draw by lowly Birmingham, they have preceded to lose to both Ipswich and Derby. The most recent game out of those two, against Derby, resulted in a 5-0 loss so Jackett will be hoping that the international break has allowed time for his team to heal. On a more positive note, they have lost just once at home in the league this season, which bodes well for Saturday.
Nottingham Forest’s fall on the other hand has been even more drastic. An expensive summer meant that expectations at the City Ground were high and it looked as though that pre-season of investment had been warranted after the club soon led the division. Over recent weeks Stuart Pearce has really been tested though, with the club embarking on a run which saw them fail to win in ten matches. They did beat Norwich in their most recent outing, but after failing to win in their last six games on the road it remains to be seen how they respond this weekend.
As for team news, Wolves suffered something of a blow this week after Nouha Dicko returned from international duty with a hamstring injury. However, the club did bring in Danny Graham on loan and he could make his debut and replace the striker. There’s little to report for the visitors meanwhile, although Stuart Pearce has been boosted in relation to Kelvin Wilson and Danny Fox who are both in the reckoning after recovering from their injury problems over the international period.
In terms of a prediction, this is a game which focusses on two sides who haven’t enjoyed the best of times over the last few weeks. Wolves might hold the home advantage, but their loss before the international break will have hit their confidence. With that, we think both sides will cancel each other out with a goalless scoreline.