Date: Saturday 22nd November
Kick Off: 3pm
Wolves will be looking to put the 5-0 humiliation against Derby behind them and return to winning ways, when they host 11th place Nottingham Forest at Molinuex. The defeat was Wolves’ second in a row on the road so manager Kenny Jackett will be relieved to return to Molinuex this weekend. Visitors Nottingham Forest recorded their first win in eleven games after they staged a dramatic comeback to claim the spoils against Norwich.
League One champions Wolves will still most likely have the humialtion of the 5-0 defeat at Derby in the back of their minds, but the international break may just have come at the perfect time for Wolves; as they look to get back to winning ways in front of the home crowd at Molinuex. The defeat meant it was now three games without a win, and with in form Brentford and Bournemouth to come many believe this is the game to return to their early season form. It will be the first time Wolves are back at Molinuex since the start of November, a ground which they have only lost once on this season.
Unfortunately for Wolves and Nouha Dicko the international break did Dicko no favours as he is ruled out of Saturday’s clash, which will make it the fourth successive game that Wolves are without the Mali striker. However Kenny Jackett did not dwell on this and brought in Sunderland striker Danny Graham on loan until the end of the year. The former Swansea and Hull striker will go straight into the squad for Saturday’s game, and could earn a starting place.
Dave Edwards remains out after he damaged medial knee ligaments and Scott Golbourne could be available after a foot injury.
Visitors Nottingham Forest come into the game after putting an end to eleven game win less streak, after scoring two late goals to see of Norwich. Britt Assombalonga and Michail Antonio helped Forest to a dramatic late comeback which came at a massive relief for boss Stuart Pearce. Even after a poor run of form Forest are only three points away from the play off spots, so they will be looking to build on their win against Wolves with victory at Molinuex. Many saw Stuart Pearce’s men as being the pace setters in the championship this season after a blistering start to the season which saw them win six out their first eight games. Even after such a disappointing run Forest will be looking to some upcoming fixtures to get them back on track. One of those is the game at Molinuex a ground which Forest won at the last time the two sides met in 2012, former wolf Adlene Guedioura grabbed the winner that day in a 1-2 win.
Jack Hobbs and Andy Reid remain sidelined for Forest, but Kevin Wilson and Danny Fox are back in contention for a starting place.
Sako is one of the few consistent performers throughout this season, and will be the player to watch going forward for both the fans and the Forest defence.
Joint top scorer of the championship with 10 goals, the five million pound summer signing will provide Wolves with a stern test and will be hard to keep out; as his pace and clinical nature has hurt many defences already this season.
- Nottingham Forest won the last meeting 3-1 at The City Ground in the 2012/13 season where Wolves were relegated.
- Forest did the double over Wolves the last time the two sides were in the championship.
- Wolves have won 41 out of 59 meetings between the sides at Molinuex.
- The 1-2 win in 2012 was Forest’s first win at Molinuex in eight games.
Match Odds: Via Sky Bet
Match result – Wolves win – 11/10 Draw – 12/5 Nottingham Forest win – 12/5
Wolves to win 2-1 – 15/2
Draw 2-2 – 12/1
Forest to win 1-3 – 28/1
Bakary Sako – 11/2
Danny Graham – 11/2
Britt Assombalonga – 5/1
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