Everything you need to know about Nottingham Forest v Sheffield Wednesday

Sheffield Wednesday will be seeking to stretch their unbeaten Championship run to five matches when they face Nottingham Forest this weekend.

Thursday, 12th December 2019, 4:45 pm
Updated Thursday, 12th December 2019, 4:45 pm

Boss Garry Monk is expected to make a few changes to his team after a tough run of fixtures. He will be without full-back Moses Odubajo and midfielder Sam Hutchinson due to suspension while Steven Fletcher (hamstring) and Liam Palmer (unspecified knock) are injury concerns.

Here is everything you need to know ahead of the Owls' trip to fifth-placed Forest.

Possible teams:

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Forest (4-2-3-1): Brice Samba; Matty Cash; MIchael Dawson, Joe Worrall, Jack Robinson; Ben Watson, Ryan Yates; Joe Lolley, Tiago Silva, Sammy Ameobi; Lewis Grabban.

Owls (4-4-2): Cameron Dawson; Liam Palmer, Dominic Iorfa, Tom Lees, Morgan Fox; Adam Reach, Barry Bannan, Massimo Luongo, Kadeem Harris; Atdhe Nuhiu, Steven Fletcher.

Referee: James Linington

The Newport-based official has issued 46 cautions and three red cards in 13 matches this season. Linington has already overseen two fixtures during the 2019/20 campaign. He was the man in the middle when they defeated Reading on the opening day and Monk's former club Middlesbrough. He will be assisted in Nottingham by Mark Russell and Robert Merchant. Michael Salisbury has been appointed the fourth official.

Nottingham Forest's Lewis Grabban (centre) has bagged 10 goals in 20 appearances this season. Photo credit should read: Tess Derry/PA Wire.

History lesson:

Wednesday have enjoyed their meetings with Forest in the past five years, winning eight of the last 10 tussles. They have triumphed on four of their last four visits to the City Ground.

But Forest picked up maximum points when the two clubs last met in September 2018 after goals either side of half-time from Lewis Grabban and Joao Carvalho.

The Owls made amends for that rare defeat by thumping Forest 3-0 in the reverse fixture. Marco Matias (2) and George Boyd netted.

One to watch: Lewis Grabban

Only five players (Aleksandar Mitrovic, Jarrod Bowen, Ollie Watkins, Karlan Grant and Steven Fletcher) have scored more goals in the Championship than Forest striker Grabban. The 31-year-old is in a rich vein of form, having notched five goals in his last seven outings. Forty seven per cent of Grabban’s 34 shots have been on target.