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Nottingham Forest v Middlesbrough Preview and Team News - Forest gunning for three successive wins

Rippa Staff 18 Sep 2015
Daniel Ayala of Middlesbrough

One of the stand-out matches from this weekend's Championship fixtures sees Nottingham Forest welcome Middlesbrough for the lunchtime kick-off on Saturday afternoon.

Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough will be played at the City Ground with kick off scheduled for 9.30pm AEST (12.30pm BST). It will be available to stream live online.



Preview

Nottingham Forest are a hard team to gauge. Last season was a real rollercoaster as under both Stuart Pearce and then his replacement Dougie Freedman had a great start to their tenures before tailing off and this season the Reds have been unpredictable in their opening seven fixtures of the campaign.

Having picked up just one win in their first six competitive games of season against struggling Rotherham United, the Reds have surprisingly picked up back-to-back wins since selling star man Michail Antonio to West Ham, away to both Queens Park Rangers and Birmingham City.

Middlesbrough are looking to go one step further than their play-off heartbreak this year. After losing last season's final to Norwich City at Wembley Stadium, the Teessiders have reshaped their squad a little and the likes of Christian Stuani and Stewart Downing have come in to make them the favourites for the title this year.

Boro have won six and lost just one of their nine competitive matches so far this term and they make the trip to the City Ground on the back of four straight wins in all competitions, including 3-1 home victory over Brentford in midweek.

Expect goals in this game. Middlesbrough might be the favourites for the title this year, but Nottingham Forest have shown what they're capable of with two impressive away wins prior to this fixture.

The reason for this is pretty clear - both teams look good going forward. Christian Stuani of Uruguay adds some real quality to the Boro frontline, as does ex-Portsmouth and Leicester City man David Nugent, while the Tricky Trees can call on the likes of Dexter Blackstock and Jamie Ward with Britt Assombalonga still on the injury table.

That man Stuani has made a good start to life in England. Seen as something as a coup by many for the second tier side, the former Espanyol and Levante forward has bagged three times in his first seven Championship matches and he also found the net for Los Charruas against Panama on international duty last week.

What's more, the 28 year old has also found the net three times in two League Cup matches, so he'll no doubt fancy himself to continue this rich vein of early season form, particularly with Spanish team-mate Kike likely to miss out once again through injury.

This should be an entertaining fixture. Middlesbrough are the favourites following four straight wins in all competitions but they come up against a Forest side that have clearly rallied following the loss of Michail Antonio and they'll be feeling confident too following those wins at Loftus Road and St Andrew's. 



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