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A Big Month Starts With The Forest

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Wednesday take on Nottingham Forest this weekend in the first of five games in a busy month which could do a lot to shape the rest of the season. Over the past few weeks some supporters are suggesting the pressure on Carlos Carvalhal is increasing, and with the first Sheffield Derby in a number of years taking place this month… They could be right.

In the Championship, the Owls have only lost on the opening day of the season so far, but with three draws and one win since that game at Preston it’s not the most impressive starts to the season. However, there have been shoots of optimism from the most recent home games and of course, that impressive win against promotion chasing Fulham. With the 150th birthday celebrations still in the memory a win over Forest this weekend would be the perfect way to end what has been a very positive week for the club.

Our opponents Forest have made a half decent start to the season, winning three of their five opening league games but have also proved they’re far from infallible as they have lost on their previous two trips into Yorkshire so far. Barnsley and Leeds have both defeated the ‘Tricky Trees’, with the latter being their last game before the international break.

Wednesday…..

Wednesday will find themselves urged on by the coaching staff for the next two games as it's been announced that Carlos Carvalhal will have a two game ban following the spat with Phil Parkinson and the ensuing scuffle on the sidelines. So watch for more animation from Lee Bullen and co this weekend!

There could be a couple of debut appearances in the Wednesday side this weekend with Joost Van Aken, Frederico Venancio and Jacob Butterfield all vying to be involved. Van Aken and Venancio will be battling it out for a starting berth alongside Tom Lees in the heart of the defence after joining the Owls from Vitoria Setubal and Heerenveen respectively in the transfer window. Although Keiren Westwood left the pitch early the last time out against Burton Albion, he has got over his knock suffered in the draw against the Brewers and will come back into the starting line up.

While former Barnsley and Huddersfield midfielder, Butterfield, is aiming to recapture the form which saw his move to his parent club, Derby County, come about a couple of seasons ago. It could be a first start for the 27 year old after Barry Bannan missed out on playing for Scotland in midweek due to injury.

The conundrum of which strikers to play has got a little easier for Carvalhal with Sam Winnall moving to Derby of course, and with Fernando Forestieri out injured for three months it leaves a choice of Gary Hooper, Steven Fletcher, Jordan Rhodes to start the game. Meaning that Lucas Joao and Atdhe Nuhiu the most likely candidates to be fighting for a spot on the bench.

Forest….

The visitors this weekend are looking to get back to winning ways after the aforementioned loss to Leeds, but with a trip to Sunderland following Saturday’s game it’s going to be a tough couple of days for Mark Warburton’s squad.

However despite adding to the squad recently, the loanee Bournemouth ‘keeper, Adam Federici, is thought to unavailable for selection after picking up an injury whilst away on duty with Australia in the international break. David Vaughan is also struggling and much like Federici is very doubtful to feature against the Wednesday.

The injury woes continue for Warburton with Matty Cash, Chris Cohen and Jamie Ward all missing out, although the former United player has recently returned to training.

Some Stats V Forest….

The game in front of the Sky cameras on Saturday evening is the 141st game between the two sides, with Wednesday winning 60 of those previous encounters. Forest are seven behind that in the number of wins (53) and there have been 27 draws.

A Wednesday win would bring three wins on the spin at home against Forest for the first time since October 1999, when the Owls won 4-1 against the visitors, in that little run the previous games went the way of the Owls, 3-2 and 2-0 in the Premier League before the cup win. Forest have had a three game winning streak at Hillsborough since then, in 12/13, 13/14 and 14/15 Forest won 1-0 three times.

Expect goals too as there hasn’t been a goalless draw at Hillsborough since the 1967/68 season…

Last Time Out at S6….

Wednesday defeated Forest last season with a dramatic last minute winner from Kieran Lee, the midfielder bagged himself a brace against the visitors who had a first half lead through Henri Lansbury.

Here are the best of the highlights from the game.





Final Thoughts….

Every game is crucial, it’s as simple as that. But we need to bloody kick start this season this month and with the ‘small matter’ of the derby on the horizon too a shot of confidence in the arm would be nice too of course. With Brentford coming North to Hillsborough on Tuesday night the chance to pick up more points comes quickly.

Win. Simple in theory.. Hopefully in practice too.

Prediction….

Wednesday 2 Forest 1

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