Preview: Nottingham Forest v Burnley

Jamie Smith January 31, 2012

Burnley are favourites to win tonight, writes Jamie Smith.

Burnley are up against ex-boss Steve Cotterill as they head to the City Ground tonight.

The ex-Clarets manager is without Luke Chambers who is suspended, while Wes Morgan has signed for Leicester City. But Ishmael Miller may return after he spent two months out with a foot injury, boosting a side that has struggled for goals since Cotterill’s arrival. Greg Cunningham could also come back in at left-back.

Burnley could name the same side as in the 0-0 draw at home to Derby County last time out, as Danny Ings and Martin Paterson remain out, although Ings is close to a comeback. Ross Wallace could be back, but Junior Stanislas is out for at least another month.

Forest welcome the Clarets in rotten form, having won only once since November and have lost their last five matches at the City Ground, without scoring a single goal in that run.

In contract, Burnley have been excellent on the road this season, winning seven times already, with only a late loss at Elland Road breaking up a run of victories away from home recently.

The Clarets have only lost twice since November and despite stumbling in a 0-0 draw at home to Derby, will be confident of collecting another three points to close the gap on the top six.

Hull are five points clear of Burnley in sixth place and with February around the corner, the Clarets need to go on a long, strong run if they are to force themselves into the play-off picture before May.

A trip to Forest, who have the most wretched home form in the Championship, represents an excellent chance to keep up the pressure on the teams above us in the table.

Burnley could also pick up a third clean sheet in a row with Forest so toothless and I’m going to predict a comfortable Clarets win.

Predictions: Nottingham Forest 0-2 Burnley