Nottingham Forest vs Swansea City preview: How to watch, team news, predicted lineups, ones to watch
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Chris Hughton will hope his Nottingham Forest side will be able to bring an end to their mini losing run, on Sunday lunchtime, with Steve Cooper and his flying Swansea City team providing the opposition in the clash at the City Ground.

Having lost their previous two outings, away at Barnsley and Bournemouth, Forest will be hoping their return to their home territory will see a welcomed upturn in both performance and, of course, results. 

The Reds picked up maximum points from their last two home games, a narrow 2-1 victory over Coventry City and a more straightforward 2-0 win against Wycombe Wanderers. As they grace the City Ground pitch for the first time since the international break, Reds supporters will be wishing they pick up where they left off at home and that their current, abysmal away form doesn't rub off on their home form. 

As for the visitors, Steve Cooper's side will be looking to bounce back and find the winning formula again -  after their 1-1 draw midweek against Tony Pulis' Sheffield Wednesday. On the road this season, the Swans have been very solid. Only losing one away game, away at Norwich City, and picking up nine points on their travels so far this campaign. 

When these two sides met last season two Sammy Ameobi goals, either side of goals from Rhian Brewster and Andre Ayew, ensured the spoils were shared in an enthralling 2-2 draw. 

This game is likely to have extra tension, as it was Sunday's visitors who benefited from Forest's last day, dramatic collapse, as Swansea sneaked into the play-off places ahead of the crestfallen Nottingham Forest.

Team news

Chris Hughton would have been delighted to welcome a number of important, first team players back into full training this week. Club captain Lewis Grabban along with Joe WorrallMichael DawsonTyler Blackett and Samba Sow all joined in with the rest of the squad as they continue their injury comebacks. For Grabban and Sow they might not have to wait too long until they get some minutes under their belts. Their injuries have not been long term and it is understood they'll be assessed over the weekend before a decision is made. With Chris Hughton now able to name a bench with nine replacements, it wouldn't be a shock to see one or even both to be named among the substitutes.

Swansea City have also welcomed a number of their players back into first team training, over the last week or so. Viktor Gyokeres and Jordon Garrick have completed their self-isolation, following positive COVID-19 tests. The Swans are also managing the return to full fitness of Andre Ayew and Marc GuehiAyew played 45 minutes in the midweek, scoring off the bench, but he still might not be ready to start. Midfielder George Byers has also returned to full training after a setback to his recovery from a groin injury, whilst Swansea will still be without Wolves loanee Morgan Gibbs-White, as he recovers from a fractured foot.

Predicted lineups

Nottingham Forest: (4-2-3-1)

Samba; Christie; Figueiredo; Mckenna; Ioannou; Yates; Arter; Ameobi; Knockaert; Guerrero; Taylor

Swansea City: (5-3-2)

Woodman; Roberts; Naughton; Bennett; Cabango; Bidwell; Smith; Grimes; Dhanda; Cullen; Lowe

Ones to watch

Forest need to start creating lots for chances, for leading man Lyle Taylor, and also need their creative players to start chipping in with more goals. When Chris Hughton was reunited with wide-man Anthony Knockaert there was huge excitement that the lively, unpredictable winger would provide the creative spark that has so often been missing for Forest. In a side lacking goals, there is enormous pressure on a player of Knockaert's calibre to deliver goals and assists. And as a player who possesses such talent, it shouldn't be too long until he starts to deliver.

Influential midfielder Matt Grimes well and truly leads by example, as Swansea captain. The number eight roams the centre of the park, leading both their defensive and offensive efforts. His influence saw him earn the armband in Cooper's first season as manager and his leadership has seen them reach last season's play-offs and sit fifth this season.

How to watch

This game has been selected for live coverage by Sky Sports Football, with the game kicking off at 12pm.

 

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