Nottingham Forest face Millwall from the City Ground tonight, with the game available to watch live streaming for viewers in the UK.
Nottingham Forest had a disastrous season last time around, surviving by the skin of their teeth as they stayed up due to a marginally superior goal difference to Blackburn, who unfortunately made the drop down to League One.
Things may be improving for Forest however, with supporters breathing a sigh of relief with the much maligned Fawad Al-Hasawi finally accepting an offer for the club from Evanglos Marinakis and there is a definite sense of optimism as we approach the new season.
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There have been plenty of changes during the summer, most notably top striker Britt Assombalonga moving to fellow Championship side Middlesbrough in a £15m deal which has given manager Mark Warburton a much need purse to bring in a few recruits to strengthen the squad.
We are in a good place. We had a good pre-season and we have good quality within the squad.
“It’s foolish to make rash predictions or bold statements about where we will finish, but we know we have worked very hard.
“The work ethic and commitment from day one of pre-season has been first class. Friday is when the real business starts.
“Millwall have a brand and I am saying that in a very respectful manner. They have a way of playing – Mark Warburton told the BBC
Daryl Murphy, Jason Cummings & Barrie McKay have all come in during the summer to bolster attacking options, Greek midfielder Andreas Bouchalakis has been brought in from Olympiakos.
Their opponents tonight, Millwall, secured their place in the Championship through a League One playoff final victory, and Neil Harris’s men will be hopeful the side can simply stay in the division this time round
Its been a long season for all clubs concerned but now its come down to the final four, and with only one place up for grabs the pressure is really on as all four make their push for the Championship.
Millwall left it very late but managed to grab the final playoff spot from Southend, winning a thriller 4-3 at Bristol Rovers, and they face a difficult challenge against third placed Scunthorpe.
Graham Alexander’s Irons looked nailed on for an automatic spot in the earlier months of the season, steam rolling all before them and sitting top of the table November. A shaky December followed up by an appalling February and March period, where the side failed to win any of their nine games had many pundits questioning the promotion credentials of the side.
The ‘rot’ was well and truly stopped however, and confidence looks to have returned, with five wins out of their final five games putting their early year troubles behind them.
It should be a very tricky and nervy affair with so much at stake, and the Den should make for an intimidating atmosphere as Millwall look to make the most of home advantage.
Neil Harris’s side have one of the better home records in the division, with only four losses all season at the Den.
Goals may be at a premium in this one, and a narrow Millwall home win looks on the cards. The home side can be backed at around evens which looks a pretty decent price, as does the 1-0 correct score at 6/1, which offers more value for your money.
I’m expecting Millwall to take a slender advantage into the second leg, where Scunthorpe ultimately should make it to Wembley.
The second playoff tie of the night sees Fleetwood Town take on Bradford City at Valley Parade and with both sides having impressive defensive records we could see another low scoring affair.
Stuart McCall’s Bradford are unbeaten at home all season, and have only conceded 17 goals in that time so will be looking to take an advantage into the away leg but they come up against a Fleetwood side who have the third best away record in the division.
Uwe Rosler has done a remarkable job with the ‘Cod Army’ and Fleetwood have only lost three games since mid November, narrowly missing out on an automatic promotion spot, so they can count themselves unlucky not to be in the Championship next season.
Considering their remarkable run of form (six wins in their last eight away trips) the 4/1 on offer for a Fleetwood away win tonight looks surely too big to miss out on value wise, but Bradford are something of a fortress these days so things won’t be so easy.
The home side are favourites for the tie at 10/11, but we’re looking at that juicy 4/1 on Fleetwood, which is a simply price too big to pass up.
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