Championship action resumes this weekend following the international break, as Forest travel to Hillsborough on the back of their thrilling derby victory over rivals Derby County last time out.
A thrilling clash is anticipated at S6, with a bumper crowd to boot, as Wednesday go into the game full of confidence following their first back-to-back victories of the season against Plymouth and Scunthorpe.
Scoring seven goals in those two games will have done wonders for confidence levels, and no doubt Derby County loanee Luke Varney will have extra cause to do well against Billy Davies’ men.
The small matter that Owls boss Brian Laws spent much of his playing career at the City Ground will also add some spice to the clash.
Forest boss Billy Davies told the official Forest website:
‘They are a very good side. I believe it is close to three years that Brian Laws has had that group and you can see that in the way they are organised.
‘They have a fantastic home record and that’s the time that is required in modern football to develop a team in my opinion.
‘Brian has been given that time. He has worked with the players and built it up over a period of time and that’s why they are a very tough nut to crack.’
Wednesday Team News:
Boss Brian Laws is expected to name an unchanged side for the visit of his former side on Saturday, with no fresh injury concerns following the 3-1 win at Plymouth Argyle last time out.
Francis Jeffers is the only man who’ll definitely be missing as he sits out through suspension, but was unlikely to be given the nod for a place in the squad anyway.
The midweek reserve clash with Burton Albion gave several Owls the chance to up their fitness levels, Akpo Sodje included.
But the striker is unlikely to get a start, and is more likely to start on the bench for Wednesday, who have a rare selection headache, with the treatment room relatively empty.
Player to watch: Luke Varney
No doubt he’ll be subject to some banter from the visiting fans thanks to his Derby connections, but the true test will be whether he can overcome that banter and produce the superb form he’s shown since his loan move here from Pride Park. Will be keen to get his first goal since returning to the club.
Forest Team News:
Forest will be boosted with the return of Kelvin Wilson, who hasn’t featured for them this season thanks to an ankle injury but has stepped up hs fitness in recent weeks.
Whether Wilson goes straight into the starting line-up or starts on the bench is anyone’s guess, but Julian Bennett and James Perch remain sidelined.
Guy Moussi and Joel Lynch are expected to miss out, while former Owls target Nathan Tyson will be free to play, after failing to have a suspensin slapped on him following ‘flag-gate’ against Derby last time out.
Player to watch: Nathan Tyson
The striker scored in the reverse fixture against Wednesday at the City Ground last season, and his pace and power will no doubt be a cause for concern for the Owls defence going into the game.
Match Facts & Stats
Wednesday wins: 55
Forest wins: 48
Last Time Out:
Forest 2-1 Wednesday
City Ground, 27/01/09
Wednesday took the lead through Jermaine Johnson early on but Francis Jeffers’ sending-off changed the game in the hosts favour. Nathan Tyson levelled not long after before Luke Chambers grabbed a winner for the hosts with 15 minutes remaining.
Wednesday: Grant; Buxton, Wood, Purse, Spurr; Gray (McAllister 11), O’Connor, Potter, Johnson (Miller 82); Varney (Sodje 88), Tudgay. Subs not used: O’Donnell, Hinds, Beevers, Esajas, Sodje.
Forest:Camp, Gunter, Morgan, Chambers, Cohen, Garner(McCleary 64min) , McKenna(C), Majewski, Tyson, McGoldrick(Earnshaw 74min), Blackstock(Adebola 57min). Subs not used: Smith, Mitchell, Davies, Anderson.
v Middlesbrough (H) – 15/09/09
v Sheffield United (A) – 18/09/09