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Norwich similarities could be just the tonic for a Nottingham Forest victory

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Norwich similarities could be just the tonic for a Nottingham Forest victory

A battle between the Reds and the Canaries sees a battle of two in-form teams this weekend.

For those of a Nottingham Forest persuasion it has been a pretty exciting start to the 2017/18 campaign, with the Reds starting to click as a team.

Aitor Karanka’s outfit has tasted defeat just once and with the squad now possessing real strength, early signs look positive.

Having beaten Middlesbrough on their travels last time out, Forest return to home comforts this weekend when Norwich arrive in Nottingham.

NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 03: A dejected Murray Wallace of Millwall looks on as Joe Lolley of Nottingham Forest celebrates after scoring a goal to make it 1-0 during the Sky Bet Championship fixture between Nottingham Forest and Millwall at City Ground on October 3, 2018 in Nottingham, England. (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

The visit on a Canaries side in steady form will hand Karanka’s men with a different challenge to what they have faced at home this season.

The majority of visiting sides that have travelled to the City Ground have come with a firm mentality to not get beat, making it difficult for Forest to get into their stride.

It is hard to imagine Daniel Farke’s in-form charges coming to Trentside and settling for a draw. With a solid squad at his disposal, he will see it as a good opportunity to claim an invaluable three points.

 

The two teams have both been utilising 4-2-3-1 this season and a match-up in styles looks set to make for a fascinating game at the City Ground, whilst it offers both clubs the chance to put down a marker ahead of future endeavours.

Forest haven’t found it easy to break down defensive sides at home this season and it will be interesting to see how they get on against a more aggressive attacking outfit on Saturday.

After disappointing performances against Millwall and Rotherham in the last two home games, Forest know they owe their loyal fans a solid showing.

For Karanka it represents a big opportunity to start cementing a place in the top six, against a team who will be competing for similar glories come May.

The Reds will be desperately keen to keep up their unbeaten home record this weekend and with tough-looking away games on the horizon against Bolton Wanderers and Leeds United, it is vital that Forest continue to build up a head of steam on home soil.

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