Nottingham Forest - Wolverhampton Prediction and Analysis
Nottingham Forest welcome Wolverhampton Wanderers to the City Ground in the League Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday.
As the hosts will be aiming to avoid a second relegation from a different tournament in just one week.
Steve Cooper's side were eliminated after a heavy 1-4 defeat by Blackpool in their FA Cup third round tie at the weekend.
While Wolves managed to take Liverpool to a replay after a 2-2 draw at Anfield at the same time.
Two defeats out of five in all competitions since the return of club football is hardly such a disastrous record for Forest.
Who are also on a 6-game unbeaten run at the City Ground .
Clean wins over Liverpool and Tottenham are part of that streak. As well as a 1-1 draw against Chelsea in their last home game.
Wolverhampton are on a 3 match winless streak in all competitions. And it won't be easy for them today.
Although the statistics from recent head-to-head matches are on their side (see results below).
The two teams are in the battle for survival in the Premier League.
But I think home advantage will help Nottingham win today.
Nottingham Forest - statistics and info
Nottingham Forest manager Steve Cooper decided to leave most of his stars on the bench for Saturday's game.
Which was for the FA Cup against Blackpool.
But it played a bad joke on him.
And the manager witnessed his second team being torn apart by Championship strugglers Blackpool.
Marvin Ekpiteta, Ian Poveda, CJ Hamilton and Jerry Yates hit the net for Nottingham.
Before Ryan Yates scored the consolation goal for the elite side in second-half stoppage time.
Of course, this behavior of Cooper has an explanation - his team is fighting a tough battle for salvation in the Premier League.
Despite this FA Cup failure, Forest are a hair's breadth away from reaching the semi-finals of the League Cup for the first time since 1991/92.
Nottingham are four-time winners of the trophy in this tournament.
But their last quarter-final match in the competition ended badly, losing 1-3 on aggregate to Tranmere in 1993/94.
However, they have already scored 9 goals in the League Cup this season in wins over Grimsby, Tottenham and Blackburn.
Wolverhampton - statistics and info
Wolverhampton are two-time League Cup winners. But the last time this happened was in 1980.
Since then, they have not even reached the semi-finals.
Their best performance in that period being the quarter-final against Aston Villa in 1996, which they lost.
Last weekend, Wolves were away to Liverpool in the 3rd round of the FA Cup.
In the match, newly appointed manager Julen Lopetegui experienced his first major VAR disappointment in England.
Strikes from Darwin Nunes and Mohamed Salah canceled out Gonzalo Guedes' strike.
Who had opened the scoring for Wolves before Hwang Hee-chan equalized again.
And Wolverhampton thought they had Poole knocked out in the middle of Anfield before the video referees cut them short.
The lack of available camera angles, however, meant VAR could not intervene.
Forcing Wolves to fit one more game into their relentless schedule - a replay at Molineux later this month.
This match will be a burden for them. As they try to escape the threat of relegation from the Premier League.
Occupying the penultimate place in the table.
Squads and injured footballers
Lineup: Henderson; Aurier, Worrell, Boley, Lodi; Mangala, Yates, Froyler; Johnson; Avonius, Gibbs-White
Injured: Lingard, Niachate, Kouyate, Richards, Biancone
Lineup: Sa; Semedo, Collins, Kilman, Bueno; Nunes, Neves, Moutinho; Traore, Cunha, Guedes
Injured: Neto, Cicinho, Kalajdzic, Traore
Matches between Nottingham - Wolves
|VL||15/10/22||Wolves 1:0 Nottingham|
|KL||24/08/21||Nottingham 0:4 Wolves|
|ChSh||20/01/18||Wolves 0:2 Nottingham|
|ChSh||16/09/17||Nottingham 1:2 Wolves|
|ChSh||04/04/17||Wolves 1:0 Nottingham|
|ChSh||17/12/16||Nottingham 0:2 Wolves|