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Match preview: Nottingham Forest vs West Bromwich Albion

18 December 2020

Nottingham Forest are hoping this weekend’s fixture won’t fall victim to the weather as they welcome West Bromwich Albion to Eastwood Community Football Club.

The Reds were set to face Burnley on the road last Sunday but heavy downfall made the pitch unplayable and the side were forced to wait a seventh week for a game.

The Baggies suffered the same fate last weekend as their away tie with Middlesbrough was also postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

This Sunday’s match is a repeat of the season opener as the two sides are set to battle it out for a second time this campaign. Both teams settled for a point in the reverse fixture back in September as the game ended 2-2. Keeley Davies had put the West Midlands side ahead after only 11 minutes of play but Laura-Jayne O’Neill hit back 17 minutes later to draw Forest level. The Reds then took the lead four minutes into the second-half as Georgia Hewitt pounced on a mistake from the ‘keeper but Forest were forced to settle for a draw as Leigh Dugmore rescued a point for her side from the penalty spot.

Three points will be crucial for either side this weekend as both Forest and West Brom continue to battle in the top half of the table. Only one point currently separates the two teams as The Reds sit in fifth place with 14 points just a place above The Baggies in sixth with 13 points. 

Dugmore has proven to be a key player for West Brom this season as she has netted seven times in eight games and the forward has already found the back of the net once against Forest this campaign.

It’ll be a memorable day regardless of the result for Forest on Sunday as two key Reds are set to hit milestone appearances for the club. Team captain, Lyndsey Harkin is set to make her 200th appearance for Forest and ‘keeper Aja Aguirre is set to make her 50th outing in a Forest shirt.

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