It was a tumultuous campaign for Coventry last season, who played all of their home fixtures at a desolate St Andrew’s, but Mark Robins’ side return to more comfortable pastures in the Ricoh Arena this season and will be hoping the buzz emanating from familiar terraces will galvanise the troops.
The Sky Blues could only muster a 16th-placed finish on their return to the Championship after an eight-year exile tussling it out in the third and fourth tiers, but Robins will take confidence in that relative safety, laying the groundwork to push on this term and possibly challenge the top six.
Nottingham Forest, likewise, had a bit of an odd season. Sabri Lamouchi, who guided the Tricky Trees to a seventh-placed finish in 2019/20, just missing out on a play-off spot, lost his opening four games and was ultimately replaced by Chris Hughton, a man who has made it out of this division twice during his career in the dugout (once with Newcastle and once with Brighton).
Coventry vs Nottingham Forest: Match Stats
Coventry’s go-to difference-maker last season was Callum O’Hare. The 23-year-old midfielder registered eight assists in 2020/21, the joint seventh-most last season, with five of the six players ahead of him in the playmaker pecking order now in the Premier League (Emiliano Buendia, Michael Olise, Harvey Elliott, Bryan Mbeumo and Ivan Toney). Coventry weren’t renowned for their goalscoring prowess last term, netting 49 goals (the 14th most), but they were way ahead of Forest, who notched just 37 times, the second-worst record in the entire division, ahead of only Derby County (36 goals).
02 Feb 2021 – Coventry 1-2 Nottingham Forest – Championship
04 Nov 2020 – Nottingham Forest 2-1 Coventry – Championship
18 Feb 2012 – Nottingham Forest 2-0 Coventry – Championship
15 Oct 2011 – Coventry 1-0 Nottingham Forest – Championship
01 Feb 2011 – Coventry 1-2 Nottingham Forest – Championship
Despite Forest’s struggles last term they managed to complete a double over Coventry, winning both the home and away fixture by a 2-1 scoreline. That game at the sacred home of Brian Clough in November was actually the first time the two sides had met since 2012, a game in which Forest also produced two goals and got the win.