Football Previews

Nottingham Forest vs Charlton preview, predictions & possible XIs

By CJ Smith

Published: 16:45, 10 February 2020

Nottingham Forest’s charge towards Premier League football continues when they host Charlton Athletic on Tuesday.

Sabri Lamouchi’s men sit fourth in the table, just a point behind second-placed Leeds United having beat Marcelo Bielsa’s struggling side last time out.

Charlton head to the City Ground with a completely different set of concerns, finding themselves 21st in the table, just three points above the relegation zone.

Can Nottingham Forest take a huge step toward Premier League football or will Charlton ease their relegation fears? Read on for our preview, predictions, team news and TV coverage information.

When is Nottingham Forest vs Charlton Athletic and where can I watch live?

Competition: Championship

Venue: City Ground

Date: Tuesday, 11 February 2020

Kick-off: 7:45 PM (UK time)

TV coverage (UK): Sky Sports Red Button

Last five meetings: Nottingham Forest vs Charlton Athletic

21 August 2019: Charlton Athletic 1-1 Nottingham Forest (Championship)

02 January 2016: Charlton Athletic 1-1 Nottingham Forest (Championship)

18 August 2015: Nottingham Forest 0-0 Charlton Athletic (Championship)

03 March 2015: Charlton Athletic 2-1 Nottingham Forest (Championship)

06 December 2014: Nottingham Forest 1-1 Charlton Athletic (Championship)

Aggregate Score: Nottingham Forest (DDDLD) 4-5 Charlton Athletic (DDDWD)

Ones to watch

Nottingham Forest: Lewis Grabban

Lewis Grabban has been around the block but wherever he’s ended up, there’s been a common theme; goals.

The 32-year-old is at it once again this season, bagging 16 in 31 appearances for Forest and playing a huge role in their promotion push.

Grabban hasn’t found the net in his last three games so will be looking to put that right here.

Key stat: Only Ollie Watkins and Aleksandar Mitrovic (20) have scored more Championship goals than Grabban (16) this season.

Charlton Athletic: Jason Pearce

Lee Bowyer’s side will have to rely on their defensive wits if they’re to keep Grabban quiet and take a result from the City Ground. Key to that will be the form of centre-back, Jason Pearce.

Pearce is vastly experienced at this level and has been a rock at the heart of the Charlton defence so far this season — another big performance is required here.

Key stat: Pearce has blocked more shots (28) than any other Charlton player in the Championship this season.

Team news

Nottingham Forest

Tendayi Darikwa, who is still recovering from a cruciate ligament injury, remains Forest’s only confirmed absentee, meaning Lamouchi could field an unchanged XI from the win over Leeds United last time out.

Predicted XI: Samba; Cash, Figueiredo, Worrall, Ribeiro; Sow, Watson; Lolley, Silva, Ameobi; Grabban.

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Charlton Athletic

Aiden McGeady will have to wait a little longer to make his Charlton debut as he continues to recover from illness.

Lewis Page (hamstring) and Jonathan Leko (ACL) remain sidelined but Macauley Bonne is expected to be back at least among the substitutes.

Predicted XI: Phillips; Pearce, Lockyer, Sarr; Matthews, Davis, Pratley, Williams, Doughty; Taylor, Green.

Squawka prediction

This fixture hasn’t been particularly kind to Forest over the years but Charlton are seriously out of form and struggling.

Lamouchi’s men will be feeling on top of the world after their win over Leeds United and should carry that confidence forward into a comfortable home win over the Addicks.

Scoreline prediction: Nottingham Forest 3-1 Charlton Athletic