Nottingham Forest face West Ham United in their first Premier League home game at the City Ground in the 21st Century on Sunday afternoon.
64 of the players that featured on the opening weekend of the current Premier League campaign were born after Forest’s last top-flight home match. West Ham’s previous domestic outing was just last Sunday, where they fell victim to a brace from Manchester City’s Erling Haaland (who was part of that unborn group).
Here’s everything you need to know about a day Forest fans have waited an awfully long time for.
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H2H Results (Last Five Games)
Nottingham Forest: 1 Win
West Ham: 4 Wins
Current Form (Last Five Games)
Nottingham Forest: WLDDL
West Ham: DLDDL
Nottingham Forest team news
While the £8.5m arrival from Bayern Munich, Omar Richards, continues his recovery from an unfortunate injury in preseason, Ryan Yates is edging closer towards a return. The Nottingham-born 24-year-old missed just three league games last season but may not be thrust straight into midfield after a month out.
Nottingham Forest Starting 11: Henderson; Worrall, Niakhate, McKenna; Williams, O’Brien, Colback, Lingad, Toffolo; Johnson, Surridge
Bench: Hennessey, Mbe Soh, Biancone, Hammond, Cafu, Yates, Mighten, Mangala, Awoniyi
West Ham team news
Barely a fortnight into the new season, West Ham’s treatment room has become increasingly crowded. To pile bad luck on top of misfortune, the absences have been concentrated on the team’s centre-backs.
While Angelo Ogbonna is at least a month away from the conclusion of his ACL recovery, thigh strains sidelined Craig Dawson on the opening weekend. With summer signing Nayef Aguerd out after ankle surgery, Ben Johnson had to fill in alongside Kurt Zouma against City.
Issa Diop was one of the few fit centre-backs remaining until he joined Fulham on Wednesday.
Lukasz Fabianski added to the defensive injuries after a blow to his hip forced the keeper off inside half an hour of the season opener.
West Ham Starting 11: Areola; Coufal, Johnson, Zouma, Cresswell; Soucek, Rice; Bowen, Fornals, Cornet; Antonio
Bench: Randolph, Ashby, Longelo, Oko-Flex, Downes, Coventry, Benrahma, Lanzini, Scamacca
Forest’s late surge into the playoff spots last season was propelled by a razor-sharp threat in transition and professional approach to set pieces in both boxes. Sound familiar?
West Ham have continued to add layers of complexity to their game, particularly against sides with less of an emphasis on possession. Despite their dwindling options (or lack thereof) at centre-back, Moyes’ side may well spoil Forest’s big day.
Prediction: Nottingham Forest 0-2 West Ham