Nottingham Forest will be looking to secure back-to-back wins in the Championship for just the second time this season against Aston Villa.
As it’s their second game at the City Ground in a matter of days, it’s the perfect opportunity to do so. If they are to make the play-offs, they’re going to have to put a run together.
The Reds moved to within two points of the play-offs with victory against Hull City. As Aston Villa were also victorious against Birmingham City a day later, they moved just two points behind the Reds and boosted their own play-off hopes.
If the reverse fixture is anything to go by, then it’s going to be another cracking contest.
There’s no doubt that the Reds have been very good at home under Martin O’Neill. The Northern Irishman has overseen five games at the City Ground, winning four of those and losing just once.
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.
Having been linked with a move to the City Ground in January, Tyrone Mings eventually ended up joining the Villans. It’s fair to say he’s already become a key member of Dean Smith’s side.
Since joining on loan from Bournemouth, he’s been almost ever-present in the centre of defence. He was a standout performer against Birmingham at the weekend, alongside fellow centre-back Kortney Hause. The pair were solid throughout and barely gave the Blues a sniff.
In this case, they’ll be hoping they can pick up their third consecutive clean sheet against the Reds.
There’s no doubt that Jack Grealish has been the standout performer for the Villans again this season. Whenever he hasn’t been in the team, they’ve struggled to conjure up the same level of performance.
He’s scored four goals for Smith’s side in the Championship this season, whilst also picking up four assists. His most recent goal came in the Second City derby against Birmingham at the weekend. He was given too much space to weave his way into the box before his low left-footed shot found the bottom corner in the second half.
It’s no surprise that the midfielder has been regularly linked with a return to the Premier League. It wouldn’t be a surprise if Tottenham Hotspur reignited their interest if Grealish isn’t back in the top flight with Villa next season.
As Reds supporters will know all too well, Tammy Abraham is a significant threat at this level.
The 21-year-old Chelsea loanee has scored 21 goals in the Championship this season. Four of those goals came against the Reds back in the 5-5 draw in November. He could’ve scored even more. He’ll be hoping he can add to his tally at the City Ground and help fire Smith’s side closer to the play-offs. There’s no doubt that he is one of the best strikers in the division.
Only Sheffield United’s Billy Sharp and Norwich City’s Teemu Pukki have scored more.