Brentford vs Nottingham by Hassy
Goals returned midweek when then won 3-1 against AFC Wimbledon in the League Cup though and I expect them to continue their winning ways on Saturday. Brentford will be pleased to host their first league at Griffin Park this term after a run that saw them win 4 of their final 5 home Championship games last term.
The hosts made ten changes in the midweek cup win so I expect the team that played well but somehow managed to lose to start once again. Sergi Canos, who has missed the last two games, remains a doubt for Saturday's fixture but could return against Bristol City or Ipswich.
Nottingham Forest come into the season with Brentford's old manager in charge so he will be familiar with most of the Brentford squad. The sale of the prolific Britt Asambolonga to Boro won't have helped their chances of promotion but the locals feel that the money spent on Mckay, Cummings and a few others could see the goals being spread around. Forest were very fortunate in their first home game which saw them win against Millwall. Had Millwall made more of the four or five clear-cut chances they carved out they could easily have won; it was only because Forest had a bit of cutting edge through Barry McKay that saw them record the win. On their travels though Forest have been very poor and their 10 away Championship games in 2017 have yielded just 3 points.
Forest made eleven changes in the midweek cup game that saw them beat Shrewsbury 2-1. I expect them to line up with a very similar team that beat Millwall.
The last six meetings between the two sides have garnered only a single, solitary point for Forest – with Brentford otherwise beating them five times. And Brentford have not just beaten Forest in recent years – they have generally handed them a footballing lesson at the same time. Expect goals, but even more so expect a home win as Forest have used up all their luck last week against Millwall.
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