Tuesday, 19 August 2014

The Bourne Supremacy?

Make no mistake, tonight's game away at AFC Bournemouth will be Forest's biggest test of the season so far. Eddie Howe's south-coast outfit currently sit proudly atop the Championship table having won both their league matches so far and without yet having conceded a goal. They also have recent history on their side, after they drubbed Forest 4-1 towards the end of last season.

However, the Forest which lined up that day is a very different proposition to the one that drew 2-2 away at Bolton on Saturday to maintain their own unbeaten start to the season, and Bournemouth are likely to face a far stiffer test of their credentials than they did last time out. Indeed it looks likely that - from the team which surrendered so meekly to Bournemouth previously - only left-back Dan Harding will line-up this time round.

This match also pits two of last season's best League One marksmen against each other, with Forest's Britt Assombalonga facing off against the Cherries' Callum Wilson. Both players enjoyed outstanding campaigns last term, performances which ultimately sealed big money moves to Forest and Bournemouth respectively. Each player has already bagged two league goals this season and it'll be fascinating to see who, if either, comes out on top tonight.

The game will also see Forest line up against former keeper Lee Camp, who will no doubt be keen to impress, whilst Bournemouth striker Yann Kermogant is another one to watch out for. The Forest starting XI is likely to be similar to the one which played against Bolton, with the suspended Michael Mancienne's return probably being the only change. He may replace Danny Fox at the centre of defence, or possibly Jack Hobbs if the latter is feeling the pace following his return from a long-term injury.

This should be a cracking match between two of the Championship's better outfits. I can see Forest being the first team to breach Bournemouth's defence this season, but I can also see the home side netting as well so I wouldn't be surprised if it ended up as an entertaining score draw. As a Forest fan, I'd be reasonably happy with that.

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