Preview: Nottingham Forest vs. Burnley - prediction, team news, lineups


Two weeks on from being dumped out of the EFL Cup at the hands of Burnley, Nottingham Forest will be out for vengeance when the Clarets visit the City Ground for Monday's Premier League offering.

Steve Cooper's men went into the international hiatus on the back of a 1-0 success over Chelsea, whereas their visitors were put to the sword 5-2 by a merciless Tottenham Hotspur.

Match preview

The fixture generator was not kind to Nottingham Forest when it came to their early road sojourns, as the Tricky Trees were forced to travel to Stamford Bridge having already been beaten on Arsenal and Manchester United's turf, albeit not without putting up a good fight.

Cooper's side entered the meeting with the big-spending Blues on the back of an early EFL Cup exit to this weekend's foes, but there was no shred of a knockout hangover from Forest, who subjected Chelsea to an all-too familiar Stamford Bridge beating courtesy of a second-half Anthony Elanga strike.

As was the case at the Emirates, the Elanga-Taiwo Awoniyi linkup proved highly effective for Nottingham Forest, who defended with vigour and counted their lucky stars when the misfiring Nicolas Jackson spurned a gilt-edged chance to draw the hosts level.

With six points to show from four games during a respectable start to the new term, Forest entered the weekend sitting pretty in ninth spot in the rankings, although they have since been bumped down to 12th owing to results on Saturday.

Nevertheless, by defeating Sheffield United in their first home contest of the season, Forest have impressively won each of their last four Premier League matches at the City Ground, although not since the days of Brian Clough in 1991 have they prevailed in five consecutive top-flight games on their own territory.

Seeking to spoil the City Ground parade and inflict a 100th Premier League loss upon Forest, Burnley have recent when it comes to silencing the Nottingham crowd, having progressed to the third round of the EFL Cup courtesy of a last-gasp Zeki Amdouni strike on August 30.

Besides their slender triumph in the knockout contest, though, Burnley fans have otherwise had little to cheer during a disastrous start to the Premier League homecoming, one which has left them rooted to the foot of the rankings as one of only two sides yet to put a point on the board - the other being Luton Town.

With a proposed clash against the Hatters at Kenilworth Road being pushed back, Burnley enjoyed the luxury of playing each of their first three games on the Turf Moor turf, but following crushing losses to Manchester City and Aston Villa, the Clarets were carved open at will by Tottenham a fortnight ago.

Lyle Foster's fourth-minute opener had the Championship winners on cloud nine, but a Son Heung-min hat-trick, Cristian Romero rocket and James Maddison stunner completed a fabulous comeback job for the Lilywhites, and there were only muted cheers when Josh Brownhill reduced the arrears four minutes into second-half injury time.

Despite bossing backlines in his playing heyday, Kompany has now seen his charges concede more goals than any other top-flight team so far - 11 to be exact - and only once before has a side conceded at least three goals in each of their first four Premier League matches - the 20th-placed West Ham United crop of 2010-11.

Team News

The Nottingham Forest infirmary does have a more empty feel to it now, but Danilo is expected to miss out owing to the thigh injury he picked up at Chelsea, while his replacement on the day - match-winner Elanga - returned from Sweden duty with a hamstring issue of his own.

Danilo was not the only casualty of the win over Chelsea, as Serge Aurier limped off the field and joins Elanga on the touch-and-go list, while goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey is slowly working his way back from a knee problem.

However, Hennessey has now been pushed further down the goalkeeping pecking order by Odysseas Vlachodimos, who is one of several late arrivals pining for debuts alongside Divock Origi, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Nicolas Dominguez, Ibrahim Sangare and Andrew Omobamidele.

Cooper may see no reason to alter their winning formula from two weekends ago, though, while Harry Toffolo recently admitted to 375 betting breaches, but his five-month ban has been suspended on account of his poor mental health at the time.

As for Burnley, Kompany will welcome Anass Zaroury back from his three-game suspension, while Aaron Ramsey (concussion) and Vitinho (knee) have also recovered from their afflictions.

Zaroury's return could threaten Johann Berg Gudmundsson's place out wide, but none of Darko Churlinov (blood poisoning), Michael Obafemi (hamstring) and Hjalmar Ekdal (knee) should be making their returns anytime soon.

The Clarets also strengthened their squad late on in the window with the acquisitions of Han-Noah Massengo and Mike Tresor, both of whom could make their debuts here, although the latter has been struggling with a recent hamstring concern.

Nottingham Forest possible starting lineup:

Turner; Boly, Worrall, McKenna; Montiel, Yates, Mangala, Aina; Gibbs-White, Hudson-Odoi; Awoniyi

Burnley possible starting lineup:

Trafford; Al-Dakhil, O'Shea, Beyer, Roberts; Redmond, Cullen, Berge, Zaroury; Amdouni, Foster

We say: Nottingham Forest 2-0 Burnley

Inconsistent on the attacking front and shipping goals at an alarming rate, Burnley's trip to the City Ground seems destined to be another miserable affair for Kompany's troops, in spite of their success in this fixture in the EFL Cup.

Brennan Johnson may be long gone, but Forest did not need the Tottenham Hotspur-bound Welshman to get the job done against Chelsea and ought to march to their fifth successive home victory with minimal fuss.

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