COMMENT By Dominic Toner
Nottingham Forest travel to Burton on Saturday for a crucial match in the Championship.
Gary Brazil’s side face their Midlands rivals in an important game in the battle against relegation.
Forest are currently 18th-placed in the league and just five points above the drop zone.
Meanwhile, Burton are one place and two points behind them, making it a very pivotal game for both sides.
Football Insider predicts three things that are likely to happen in the clash between Forest and Burton.
Assombalonga to find it difficult
Forest striker Britt Assombalonga is going through a poor run of form and he is not expected to end that spell at the weekend. The 24-year-old has not scored in his last six league games and has looked off the pace recently. He has still managed nine goals this season and is a great asset for the Midlands club when he is firing. However, he has looked distant in too many games this season and short of his best. Assombalonga did score twice in the previous meeting against Burton, but that was on the opening day of the season and it’s hard to see
Clough recalled to starting XI
Saturday’s match against Burton is set to be the game that Zach Clough is named in the starting line-up. The attacking midfielder moved to the City Ground in January from Bolton and supporters believe he has huge potential. The 22-year-old has made it very hard for Brazil to ignore Clough from the starting XI after his impact from the bench in the last two games. Clough has scored three times in his last hour of Championship football and would surely strike fear into the Burton defence. Forest’s 17-year-old striker Ben Brereton is also pushing for a start after scoring off the bench in the last game, but the youngster is set to be used an impact substitute once again.
Lots of goals
Despite Assombalonga braced for a difficult afternoon as he tries to end his goal drought, there should certainly be goals in this one. The two teams have both shown this season their weaknesses in defence, but make up for that with their attacking threat. The two teams played out a 4-3 thriller on the opening day of the season as Forest just edged it. They are both going to be competing for every ball in an important game and Forest can take a giant stride towards safety with a win.
In other Nottingham Forest news, Matty Cash has revealed he is fighting to keep his place ahead of the club’s young sensation.