Tricky, that’s how I think I’d describe this game.
Yes, City are in a little bit of form, something we aren’t exactly used to in these parts, having won three and drawn one of the last four games.
By contrast, Forest’s form has stabilised as well, with three wins and just one defeat from the last four since Gary Brazil took over as manager. Things have gone so well in fact, that he and Jack Lester (I remember Norwich almost signing him) will remain in charge until the end of the season.
Forest are one of those teams in the Championship that on their day can give anyone a beating. They have some very good players, like Britt Assombalonga (much coveted by many Canary fans) and have just loaned in our old mate Ross McCormack from Aston Villa. Both McCormack and fellow villain, Aaron Tshibola will be available having had to sit out the home win over Villa.
Forest will of course look at the Norwich squad and see one player in particular that they might wish was still wearing a red shirt. Nelson Oliveira was on loan at the City Ground last season and scored nine goals, a target that he has already reached with Norwich.
I seem to remember that when he signed for City that there were quite a few envious Forest fans on social media.
I think the team is pretty much picking itself at the moment, especially the defence. Mitchell Dijks has had a barn storming start to his Canary career, grabbing his first goal at Wigan on Tuesday night. The other new Dutchman, Yanic Wildschut has had less of an impact but hopefully a first home game at Carrow Road will help him settle in.
Wes Hoolahan looks likely to return, having been rested completely on Tuesday night but the big question is whether or not Alex Neil will play two strikers again.
It worked well enough against Wigan but I suspect Forest will be a tougher nut to crack and that the familiar 4-2-3-1 will return, probably with Oliveira up top – his performance against Wigan deserves a recall.