Wolves v Nottingham Forest
Saturday 20th January. Molineux. 3pm.
Wolves return back to the Molineux after suffering their first defeat in 14 games in the FA cup against Swansea City.
Nuno will look to bounce back after a 2-1 defeat, as they host Nottingham Forest on Saturday.
A very disappointing first half cost Wolves heavily, giving them too much to do in the second half.
Diogo Jota almost sparked a comeback, but Bony’s goal almost an instant replay was evidently too much for Wolves to handle.
However, that game also means that Wolves are without a win in 3 games which might be a slight concern for Nuno’s side.
A more positive way to look at this is that Wolves will have less games on their schedule from now on, as they look to gain promotion to the Premier League this season.
Nottingham Forest have been in very poor form in the league as of late, losing 3 of their last 4 games in the campaign.
The teams only highlight as of late was a huge shock 4-2 victory over Arsenal in the FA cup.
The two sides have faced off many times in the past, with Wolves having the better record going head to head.
The fans should hope to see a very different side in comparison to the team which played Swansea on Wednesday night.
Starting off with a completely different back line, with the usual defence of Ruddy, Boly, Coady and Bennett returning.
Ruben Neves should also be returning to the side after
Jota and Bonatini came on as subs in the second half of the Swansea game, but would be expected to play against Forrest this weekend.
It’s early days still for Rafa Mir and Helder Costa just needs that spark of a goal.
Is it now time for super sub Cavalerio to step into the first team or has this been a tactic on purpose from Nuno?
Ones to watch
For Wolves, The one to watch in this game will be Ivan Cavaleiro.
He has been more used as an impact sub in recent games, despite putting in consistent brilliant performances every time he has
been on the field.
After not even traveling to the Swansea game, he is almost definitely in Nuno’s plans for the weekend.
Without a doubt, he could be the one to help Wolves bounce back after a slight dip in form and their first defeat since October.
For Nottingham Forest, the one to watch for this game would be Kieron Dowell.
Despite scoring 9 league goals this season, had failed to scored in the championship in 5 games (cue comeback goal this weekend).
He managed to score a penalty against Arsenal in an FA cup shock, and no doubt he will also want to help cause a league
upset with a result over Wolves.
In a solid Forest side, they will need a big performance from him to
help spark their season.
A crucial game for Wolves this, we are still yet to see a “bad run” of form from this team so far this season.
But you can’t help but feel anything other than 3 points would really feel like something might be starting to change for Nuno’s side.
Forest will be looking to win their first game after not
winning in their last 6.
Both sides will be right up for this one, let’s see what happens.