Bournemouth vs Nottingham Forest preview: How to watch, kick-off time, team news, predicted lineups and ones to watch
Philip Zinckernagel of Nottingham Forest in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Stoke City at the City Ground, Nottingham on Saturday 12th February 2022. (Photo by Jon Hobley/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Two teams from the top end of the EFL Championship will be in action on Friday night as Bournemouth face a visit from Nottingham Forest.

11 points separate the two sides ahead of kick-off, with the hosts sat in second whilst Forest sit two points outside the play-offs in seventh. Bournemouth are four points above third-placed Blackburn Rovers, and will be looking to capitalise on their poor recent form to stretch the gap between them to seven points.

For Forest, their visit to the Vitality Stadium will see them attempt to keep the pressure on sixth-placed Middlesbrough, who sit two points ahead of The Reds with a game in-hand.

Team news

Bournemouth will be contending with a growing list of injuries, with Kieffer Moore, Ryan Christie, Ethan Laird and Gary Cahill all expected to be sidelined.

Jefferson Lerma will miss out through suspension.

Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Brice Samba is serving the first game of his ban after a straight red card against Stoke City last time out, with Ethan Horvath expected to make his first appearance since September in his place.

Sam Surridge and Jonathan Panzo still await their first starts since signing in January, and could rotate into the side.

Lewis Grabban remains injured, with Alex Mighten and Joe Lolley back to match fitness.

Predicted lineups

Bournemouth: Travers, Stacey, Phillips, Kelly, Zemura; Cantwell, Cook, Billing; Anthony, Solanke, Dembele

Nottingham Forest: Horvath, Worrall, Cook, McKenna; Spence, Garner, Yates, Lowe; Zinckernagel; Johnson, Davis

Ones to watch

Keinan Davis

Since joining Forest on loan from Aston Villa in January, Keinan Davis has dazzled doubtful supporters with a string of strong performances in the absence of captain Grabban, scoring twice and assisting twice in his maiden eight games for the club.

Todd Cantwell

One of a seemingly infinite amount of winter signings for the Cherries, Todd Cantwell has slotted seamlessly into Scott Parker's side, and will be dying to impress yet again when Forest come to town.

Previous meetings

The last time the two sides faced off was on matchday two at the City Ground, where a David Brooks red card wasn't enough to spur a Chris Hughton Forest side into coming back in a 2-1 win for The Cherries, with a goal from Scott McKenna to equalise after a goal from Brooks being cancelled out by Philip Billing.

How to watch

The match is on Friday, February 18, and will kick off at 19:45 GMT. Coverage of the game will be available from 19:00 GMT on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Football.

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