Nottingham Forest vs Burton Albion:
England – Championship.
Date: Saturday, 6 August, 2016
Kick-off: 15:00 UK.
Venue: The City Ground (Nottingham).
Burton Albion make their Championship debut on Saturday when they travel to East Midlands to face the ever present Nottingham Forest at the City Ground.
It was not so long ago that Burton were competition in the English non-League football. But year 2009 was significant as they earned promotion to the Football League. Six years since then, they are just one division below England’s top tier.
This is a good old fairly tale, but the real test start on Saturday. And their manager is a familiar name for Forest fans, Nigel Clough, who spend nine years with Forest since joining them as a youth player.
The merry go round of managerial circus continue at Nottingham Forest and now they have brought in Philippe Montanier from Ligue 1 club Rennes. He is the third boss in charge since the departure of Stuart Pearce on February 2015. They finished 16th in the standings at the end of 2015/16 season.
The appointment of Montanier is an ambitious decisions and the French boss didn’t waste any time to start building a competitive squad. But he had brought in a number of relatively unknown foreign talents. It remains to be seen if the squad can gel within a short period of time.
Nottingham Forest vs Burton Albion: Head-to-Head
There are no records of previous meetings between Nottingham Forest and Brighton Albion.
Nottingham Forest vs Burton Albion: Prediction
Burton had a busy pre-season and played 10 friendlies in the summer window, mostly against lower division clubs. They ended up with 5 wins, 2 draws and 3 losses. Among them are a notable 3-0 win against Premiership side Stoke City and 1-1 draw against QPR. Their fitness will be good and are a more settled side.
While Nottingham won in 3 and lost 2 of the friendlies they played during the pre-season. Despite the results the new coach coupled with a number of new arrivals could create a problem against a highly motivated minnows like Burton. The hosts will be favourites on paper, but I do see an outside chance of a big upset here.
Nottingham Forest vs Burton Albion: Tips
- Double Chance – Draw/Burton
- Both Teams to Score.