Huddersfield Town vs Nottingham Forest

Competition: EFL Championship Matchday 3

Date: 25/09/2020

Ground: John Smith Stadium

Town and Forest will both be wanting to get their first points of the season after the pair both lost their first two fixtures. Pressure is mounting on Forest manager Sabri Lamouchi after losing to Barnsley in the cup, losing to QPR away and then losing at home to Cardiff in the opening two Championship games. With both teams sitting on -4 goal difference and without scoring a competitive goal this season, pressure will be building on both teams to win.
This fixture has been rather kind to Town in recent years, winning five out the last 8 encounters while also being undefeated at home since 2014. Forest won the last time the teams played, with the game ending 3-1, Karlan Grant scored a last-minute penalty.
Looking deeper into Forest's recent performances, they seem to have been unlucky. This Championship campaign, Forest have had an expected goals of 3.31, yet have failed to score a single goal. For comparison Town only have an expected goals of 1.05, 3x less than Forest.
The 2-0 loss to Cardiff, left Forest 8 games without a win in the league, losing their last 5 games in all competitions, with only 3 wins in their last 17 league games.
Karlan Grant is set to make a sensational U-Turn and stay at Town after an agreement between West Brom and Town could not be met. According to the Huddersfield ExaminerLive, both clubs agreed on the valuation but not on the payment structure.
Scott McKenna is expected to sign for Nottingham Forest before the game in a suspected £3 million deal from Scottish Premiership side Aberdeen.
The game gets underway at 7.45PM, Friday, 25/09/2020 at the John Smith Stadium.

Town Team News:

Town will still be without Danny Ward, although Lewis O'Brien may be fit to play.
There is no news on the extent of the injuries that Harry Toffolo and Christopher Schindler received in the trip to Brentford.
Karlan Grant is set to be available for selection once more after his proposed move to West Brom seems to be dead in the water. Naby Sarr will have completed his two-week quarantine, but it is doubtful he will be up to match speed as he hasn't played a game since the end of last season. Latest summer signing Carel Eiting will be available for selection, but only in a limited capacity as there are still question marks over his fitness.