Coventry City vs Nottingham Forest preview: How to watch, team news, kick-off time, predicted lineups and ones to watch
 A general view of the Richoh Arena before the Gallagher Premiership Rugby match between Wasps and Leicester Tigers at Ricoh Arena on September 09, 2020 in Coventry, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

After over two years away, Coventry City will host Nottingham Forest at the Ricoh Arena on Sunday as both sides get their respective EFL Championship campaigns underway. 

The home side finished a respectable 16th last season, with the visitors a disappointing 17th, ten places lower than the season before.

However, this season is already a more positive one than the previous with Coventry finally returning home. The Sky Blues last played at the Ricoh in April 2019, but have played their home games at Birmingham City's St Andrews stadium after a legal battle between their owners, SISU, and Wasps, the rugby team that owns the ground. 

Visitors Forest will be looking to make it an unhappy return for Mark Robinsand his side on Sunday afternoon. 

Team news

All six of Coventry's signings will be pushing to start the game, none more so than ex Derby County man Martyn Waghorn. The 31-year-old scored against the Reds last season and also scored a double on the final day to keep the Rams in the division. 

Former Forest striker Tyler Walker looks set to start against the club he grew up playing for and supporting. Walker joined the club from the Reds the previous summer and went on to be the Sky Blues top scorer last campaign. 

However, Matt Godden and Liam Kelly look set to miss the game through injury. Boss Robins confirmed that the pair should not be out for "too much longer".

Forest have had a quiet window for their usual standards, making just one signing in goalkeeper Ethan Horvath on a free transfer from Club Brugge

The 26-year-old will be pushing Brice Samba for the number one spot in the starting 11. 

Despite being close to a move away from the City Ground, young right-back Jordan Lawrence-Gabriel looks set to start the game on Sunday ahead of Carl Jenkinson

After a successful loan spell at Lincoln City last season, Brennan Johnson looks set to be a big player for Chris Hughton's side in their promotion push. The son of Forest legend David Johnson will be looking to get just his third Championship start this weekend. 

Predicted lineups

Coventry City (3-5-2):

Moore, McFadzean, Hyam, Rose, Dabo, Sheaf, Hamer, O'Hare, Maatsen, Waghorn, Walker. 

Nottingham Forest (4-2-3-1):

Samba, Lawrence-Gabriel, Worrall, McKenna, Mbe Soh, Colback, Yates, Mighten, Cafu, Johnson, Grabban. 

Ones to watch

Martyn Waghorn - Coventry City 

In what will be his first competitive game for his new side, Waghorn will be looking to get off to a good start. Forest fans will remember his free-kick he scored at the City Ground last season, and this is just a glimpse of the wand of a left foot he possesses. 

Joe Worrall and Scott McKenna will have a tough task keeping the centre forward quiet. Waghorn's movement on and off the ball is something the pair will have to keep a close eye on otherwise, he could quite easily punish the Reds. 

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Brennan Johnson - Nottingham Forest

After scoring 10 goals and providing 11 assists last season at Lincoln, Johnson has been at the centre of two bids from newly-promoted Brentford. However, Hughton sees the 20-year-old as crucial to his plans. 

His versatility allows him to play in any of the midfield positions as well as a central striker. His ability on the ball could bring the creativity in the final third that Hughton and his men lacked last season. 

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Previous meetings

Last season was the first time the two sides had met in the league since 2012. The Reds did the double over the Sky Blues, with both games ending in a 2-1 scoreline. 

The latest game between the sides came back in February, with Lewis Grabban and a Michael Rose own goal securing a narrow victory for Hughton's men after an early goal from Max Biamou

How to watch

The game is live on Sky Sports Football, with kick-off at 16:30 BST on Sunday afternoon.

If you are unable to watch the game, you can keep up to date with all the action on VAVEL with live text commentary throughout.