Nottingham Forest play Burton Albion at City Ground on the first matchday of the Sky Bet Championship.
Nottingham Forest were struggling last season as they earned 55 points in 46 matches with 43:37 goal difference. This summer the Tricky Trees played 5 friendly matches recording wins over Braga (3:0), Port Vale (2:0) and Notts County (2:1), draw against Grantham (2:2) and loss to Hull City. Nottingham showed poor performance at home last season, but still they are set to battle for the promotion to the Premier League this season.
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Burton Albion in turn managed to finish on the 2nd spot in the League One recording 85 points in 46 games with 57:37 goal difference and promoted to the Championship. During the preseason the visitors were determined to prepare themselves for the season in the second England tier so they played 9 friendlies. They recorded 4 wins, 2 draws and 3 defeats. We should mention Burton weren’t that good on the road last season even in the League One. They recorded 5 wins, 2 draws and 5 losses in their 12 away games in 2016.
Nottingham Forest played their today’s opponents only once as they thrashed them in the friendly several years ago. We expect the hosts to prove their worth and hammer just promoted side in the first match of the season.
Prediction for the match: Nottingham Forest to win.