Nottingham Forest v Burton Albion

5 Aug

Nigel Clough


Nigel Clough’s Burton Albion have never played Nottingham Forest in a competitive match

BBC coverage

How to follow:
BBC Radio 5 live, BBC local radio; live text commentary on the BBC Sport website

Nottingham Forest will be without defender Armand Traore for the visit of Championship newcomers Burton Albion.

The 26-year-old, who joined Forest from Queens Park Rangers, is still not fit after missing all of last season with injuries to his knee and calf.

Burton Albion boss Nigel Clough could hand debuts to Kyle McFadzean and club-record signing Jackson Irvine.

Burton’s trip to Forest – where Clough spent much of his career as a player – is their first game in the second tier.

Analysis

BBC Radio Nottingham’s Robin Chipperfield:

“There are many unknowns at Nottingham Forest, which has actually left a lot of supporters feeling more optimistic than they have for a few seasons.

“The future ownership of the club isn’t yet certain, there’s a new head coach who’s largely unknown in England, and players have arrived from the continent with little past history in the Championship.

“It feels as though there won’t be much national spotlight on Philippe Montanier and his side, at least in the early stages of the season, though off-the-field drama and problems continue to blight the club and often garner the headlines.

“Recently, the reduced capacity of the City Ground brought the club another tranche of unwanted publicity. While that may not affect too many games this season, it does show the continuing administration issues at the club. If they could be sorted, then the Reds could have loftier ambitions than a top-half finish.”

BBC Radio Derby’s Joe Shennan:

“Burton Albion’s inaugural second tier fixture could hardly have been more romantic. A return to the City Ground for manager Nigel Clough, who fittingly steered the Brewers over the League One promotion line last season after Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s departure to QPR.

“The story of Burton’s rise, from the conference to the championship in the space of 7 years, is testament to the work of chairman Ben Robinson, who has been involved with the club for decades.

“It seems remarkable that a side with the fifth lowest average attendance in League One last season (4,089) and whose record transfer fee prior to this summer was the mere £20,000 paid to Kidderminster for midfielder Russell Penn in 2009, will be competing with the likes of Newcastle United, Aston Villa, and Leeds United.”

Match facts

  • Nottingham Forest won three and lost three of their six games against newly promoted sides last season, with each of their wins coming by a one-goal margin.
  • This will be the first ever competitive meeting between these sides.
  • Despite losing their first game of the 2015-16 campaign, Nottingham Forest have conceded just one goal across their previous five season openers (W3 D1).
  • The Brewers have won each of their last two opening day games, however, this will be the first time they feature in the second tier of English football.
  • Forest have scored just five goals in their last nine league games at the City Ground, and never more than once in a match in that run.
  • Burton kept more clean sheets on the road than any other team in the top four tiers last season (11).

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