Nottingham Forest will be looking to get back to winning ways in the Championship as they face Hull City at home.
It’s a good opportunity for Martin O’Neill’s side to get their play-off push back on track. The Reds also face Aston Villa at the City Ground just a couple of days later.
The Reds are currently four points off the play-offs. As Bristol City face a tough game against Leeds United this weekend, Derby, Birmingham and Forest will all be hoping they can close the gap.
There’s no doubt that last weekend’s performance against Stoke wasn’t good enough. O’Neill’s side will be fully aware that they need to respond in front of another large City Ground crowd. The next few days presents a good opportunity to get back-to-back wins for just the second time this season.
Ahead of tomorrow’s game, Seat Pitch has taken a look at three players that the Reds will have to deal with if they are to secure the three points.
There’s no doubt that Jarrod Bowen has been the standout performer for the Tigers this season.
The 22-year-old has scored 18 goals in the Championship this season, whilst also picking up three assists. Considering he only made his breakthrough at the KCOM Stadium last season, he has gone from strength to strength. He has taken his game to a new level and is now one of the most dangerous wingers in the division.
There are many Reds supporters who will be concerned about the prospect of him coming directly up against Ben Osborn. The midfielder could be asked to fill in at left-back, and he’s likely to be in for a tough afternoon.
In this case, Bowen isn’t the only wide player the Reds will have to keep a watchful eye on.
Kamil Grosicki has also enjoyed a productive season for the Tigers. He has picked up five goals and eight assists in the Championship this season. He’s certainly a key part of Nigel Adkins’ side. His quality from set pieces is something the Reds need to bare in mind, they’ll need to avoid giving cheap free-kicks away on the edge of the area.
A familiar face who could come up against the Reds this weekend is Chris Martin. The 30-year-old is currently with the Tigers on a season-long loan from Derby County.
However, he hasn’t made the impact he would’ve wanted. He’s made 24 appearances for the Tigers in the Championship so far, finding the back of the net just once. Despite this, he’s still seen as an important player by Adkins. His hold-up play is arguably more valuable to the team then his goalscoring threat.
Having struggled against the Reds in the past whilst at Derby, Martin will be desperate to make an impact against them this time round. It’ll be interesting to see whether or not he receives a frosty reception at the City Ground as a result of his allegiance with the Rams.