Wolves can take a point from yet another Midlands derby
Back-to-back victories against Sheffield Wednesday and Derby County, both achieved without conceding a goal, has put Wolverhampton Wanderers firmly back into the play-off picture and they’ll be looking to keep their unbeaten run going against Nottingham Forest at the City Ground on Good Friday.
Wolves lost 3-0 to Forest at Molineux back in November but that came among the wreckage of a five-match losing run – Kenny Jackett’s men certainly arrive at this fixture in far better heart.
They are just two points off the top six going into the crucial Easter programme, eight points above their next opponents whose season is effectively over.
Wanderers have been transformed since the arrival of Benik Afobe – only Harry Kane has scored more goals than Afobe in England this season – and the return of top scorer Bakary Sako.
Both are potent weapons at Championship level but it was Nouha Dicko who set Wolves on their way to three points against the fast-fading Rams last time and he’ll also have a big part to play if his team are to reach the play-offs.
Jackett has plenty of options if he wishes to swap things around for the short trip across the East Midlands, however, where avoiding defeat looks a necessity.
Forest have had a fairly turbulent season which eventually cost Stuart Pearce his job.
They’ve definitely under-performed at times but have been hard to beat at the City Ground since Dougie Freedman took over the reins and have taken maximum points against promotion-chasers Bournemouth and Middlesbrough recently so are going to be a tough test for Wolves, though their hosts could be without injury-cursed striker Dexter Blackstock who was forced off early in their latest defeat at Norwich.
Wolves have lost their last three against Forest but had won the previous three meetings between the sides, though have only won once in 10 attempts at the City Ground.
This is a tough one to call but maybe the draw will be the value at 23/10 with a 1-1 correct score available at 9/2.
The match kicks off at 3.00pm on Friday, April 3 at the City Ground.