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Nov 29, 2020 at 12pm UK at The City Ground
Nott'm ForestNottingham Forest
0-1
SwanseaSwansea City

Arter (51'), Figueiredo (74'), McKenna (78'), Taylor (90+2')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Roberts (43')
Woodman (87'), Fulton (89')

Preview: Nottingham Forest vs. Swansea City - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Sunday's Championship clash between Nottingham Forest and Swansea City, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Nottingham Forest play host to Swansea City on Sunday afternoon on the back of recording two successive defeats in the Championship.

Meanwhile, Swansea make the long trip to the City Ground having won just one of their last four matches, leaving the club four points adrift of leaders Norwich City.


Match preview

Chris Hughton pictured in charge of Nottingham Forest on October 17, 2020© Reuters

When Chris Hughton replaced Sabri Lamouchi earlier in the season, Nottingham Forest fans would have been optimistic about an immediate upturn in results.

However, while 12 points from nine matches is a respectable return, Hughton and the club's fanbase would have expected more from his opening seven weeks in charge.

Forest had been heading in the right direction before the international break, but defeats at Barnsley and Bournemouth have put a negative spin on the progression of Hughton's side.

On a positive note, Forest still sit three points above the relegation zone ahead of back-to-back home fixtures, which represent an opportunity to make progress up the standings.

That will only be achieved if Lyle Taylor receives a helping hand in attack with the summer arrival still the only player to score more than once in the league.

Swansea are still searching for a solution to their own issues in front of goal, but the work of their backline has kept the club in the playoffs since the start of the season.

While only Middlesbrough possess a better defensive record after 13 matches, Swansea find themselves in joint-ninth in the standings for the final third.

Steve Cooper will have few complaints while the Welsh outfit remain in the top six, but Andre Ayew has now scored 40% of the club's strikes.

The most recent of his six efforts came against Sheffield Wednesday in midweek, helping the Swans claim a share of the spoils against their lowly opponents.

Nottingham Forest Championship form: DLWWLL

Swansea City Championship form: WWDLWD


Team News

Swansea City's Andre Ayew celebrates scoring against Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship on November 25, 2020© Reuters

Ayew is expected to be handed a recall to the side after proving his fitness off the substitutes' bench in midweek.

Chelsea loanee Marc Guehi remains a doubt after missing the fixture with the Owls through injury.

Hughton could hand a start to Anthony Knockaert, potentially as a replacement for Harry Arter.

With Joe Worrall, Tyler Blackett and Lewis Grabban still out of contention, the remainder of the Forest XI could stay the same.

Nottingham Forest possible starting lineup:
Samba; Christie, McKenna, Figueiredo, Ribeiro; Lolley, Yates, Colback, Ameobi; Knockaert; Taylor

Swansea City possible starting lineup:
Woodman; Naughton, Bennett, Cabango; Roberts, Smith, Grimes, Bidwell; Dhanda; Ayew, Lowe


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We say: Nottingham Forest 1-1 Swansea City

Given their respective records in the final third, we do not expect many goals at the City Ground. That is something which may play into Forest's favour, and the East Midlands outfit could do enough to claim a share of the spoils in a low-scoring match.


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How you voted: Nott'm Forest vs Swansea

Nottingham Forest
31.7%
Draw
39.6%
Swansea City
28.8%
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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Norwich CityNorwich24155433211250
2Swansea CitySwansea24137429131646
3Bournemouth24119438201842
4Brentford22118336211541
5Reading2312473428640
6Watford2210752617937
7Middlesbrough22106628181036
8Stoke CityStoke249962723436
9Bristol City2311392524136
10Barnsley24104102731-434
11Blackburn RoversBlackburn2496939281133
12Luton TownLuton249692126-533
13Preston North EndPreston24102123033-332
14Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2494112834-631
15Cardiff CityCardiff2385103027329
16Millwall2351172024-426
17Coventry CityCoventry236892231-926
18Birmingham CityBirmingham2468101829-1126
19Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest2467111927-825
20Queens Park RangersQPR235992230-824
21Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds2367101523-819
22Rotherham UnitedRotherham2154122029-919
23Derby CountyDerby2347121425-1119
24Wycombe WanderersWycombe2336141635-1915

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