Our prediction for this Championship match:
Barnsley and Nottingham Forest face each other in the opening match of day 18 of the new Championship campaign. The Tykes shared the spoils with the likes of Wigan Athletic, Burton Albion and Bristol City in previous three league fixtures and they are eager to return to winning ways in the Championship. Paul Heckingbottom’s troops are on a six-game winless run in the English second tier and we do not believe that home win should be considered in this one. Their next rivals Forest gave fans some cheer at the weekend, with the team beating Ipswich Town at Portman Road and we predict that the Reds are going to emerge triumphant in Friday’s football match. Britt Assombalonga scored a brace against the Tractor Boys and all eyes will be on him when Nottingham Forest face Barnsley at Oakwell Stadium. It has to be noted that Assombalonga scored his first goal against Ipswich Town after just 17 seconds.
Highlighted Player (Sam Winnall):
Sam Winnall began his professional career at the age of 19. The striker, who was born on 19 January, 1991, made his Wolverhampton debut in May 2009 and he has been playing for a number of English clubs ever since. He was on loan at Burton Albion, Hereford United, Inverness CT and Shrewsbury Town and in the 2013/2014 campaign he signed a contract with Scunthorpe United. Sam Winnall scored 23 goals in 45 appearances for the club and, as a result, secured a lucrative move to Barnsley in 2014. He went on to score his first goal for Barnsley on 23 August 2014 in a 4-1 win over Gillingham. Winnall helped Barnsley eliminate Walsall in the 2015/2016 League One semis as he scored a brace in the first leg. It has to be noted that he scored 23 goals in the English second tier in the 2015/2016 season. He provided 8 assists for his teammates during the season and he finished the campaign as the third highest goalscorer in the league, just behind Nicky Ajose and Will Grigg.
Highlighted Team (Nottingham Forest):
Nottingham Forest, the club that are often referred to as Forest, were formed in 1865. They have been playing their home games at the City Ground since 1898 and the capacity of the stadium is 30,445. Nottingham Forest are regarded as one of the greatest English clubs as they won the European Cup on two occasions. In 1979 Forest outplayed Malmo (1-0) at the Olympiastadion in Munich in the final of the elite competition, with the team beating Hamburg in 1980 in the title game at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu (1-0).
Nottingham Forest won the national championship in the 1977/1978 season, with the team finishing the campaign seven points clear of second-placed Liverpool. To make things even better for the fans, the City Ground outfit clinched the FA Cup trophies in 1898 and 1959. Derby County are regarded as Forest’s bitterest rivals and the two local rivals contest in the East Midlands derby. In their first ever meeting in the local derby Forest recorded a 3-2 win over Derby County.