Our prediction for this Championship match:
All eyes will be on the City Ground when Nottingham Forest and Bournemouth face each other in the Championship derby. The Reds aim to bounce back from a 2-1 loss to Coventry City, but beating the promotion-chasing Cherries is easier said than done. Loic Mbe Soh suffered an injury in the season opener, and seeing that all Yuri Ribeiro, Nicholas Ioannou, and Tyler Blackett left the club earlier this summer, Forest could face difficulties at the back in the upcoming games.
Bournemouth, on the other hand, played out a 2-2 draw with WBA on Matchday 1. The Cherries are determined to record their first win of the season, and they should take advantage of Nottingham’s shaky defence. Dominic Solanke, who was scoring goals for fun in pre-season, is widely expected to lead the line for the visiting team.
Highlighted Player (Jack Colback):
After spending nine years at Sunderland youth academy, Jack Colback signed a loan deal with Ipswich Town on 6 August, 2009. The left-footed midfielder, who is capable of playing at left back as well, made 37 appearances for the Championship side, scoring four goals in the English second tier.
Against all odds, Colback decided to sign for Sunderland’s bitterest rivals Newcastle United on 9 June, 2014 and it has to be noted he became the first player to move directly from Sunderland to Newcastle since 1998 when Lionel Perez did the same. In 2015 Sunderland fans created a sick banner depicting Colback hanging with a noose around his neck and that caused uproar on social media.
Colback and his teammates from Newcastle dropped to the Championship at the end of the 2015/2016 season, but he decided not to leave the club. Colback scored 5 goals in 64 appearances for Newcastle United in the Premier League. He is well known for his passing skills, he rarely gives the ball away and journalist often compare him with Italy ace Andrea Pirlo.