EFL Weekend Preview
In this article, we will preview 3 key upcoming fixtures in the EFL this weekend.
Nottingham Forest v Bournemouth
Nottingham Forest host Bournemouth this Saturday at 12:30 at the City Ground. Forest go into the game in good form, losing just once in their last 5. Bournemouth are in poor form at the moment, with 4 defeats in their last 5.
The last time these two sides played it ended in a 2-0 win to Bournemouth. Junior Stanislas bagged a brace in the tie, with goals in the 3rd and 51st minute.
A standout performer for Nottingham Forest this season has to be Cyrus Christie. The right back has been the most consistent performer for Forest this season, with an AMR of 6.92.
Dominic Solanke is a player to watch for Bournemouth. The centre forward has 10 goals in 27 games for the Cherries this season.
Nottingham Forest : 11 / 5
Draw : 23 / 10
Bournemouth : 13 / 10
Middlesbrough v Derby County
Derby make the trip up North to take on Middlesbrough at the Riverside stadium. The Rams go into the clash in decent form, winning 3 of their last 4. Boro are in poor form, winning 1 in their last 5.
The last time the two sides met Middlesbrough secured a comfortable 3-0 victory. Assombalonga and Johson were the scorers on the day and Matthew Clarke scored an own goal.
Patrick McNair is a player to watch for Middlesbrough. The central defender has 4 assists this season and an AMR of 6.96, the highest in the Boro squad.
Graeme Shinnie is one to watch for Derby. The ball winning midfielder has scored 2 goals for Derby this season has played a crucial role in picking up the pieces in the Rams midfield.
Middlesbrough : 7 / 4
Draw : 2 / 1
Derby : 17 / 10
Norwich v Stoke City
Norwich host Stoke City at Carrow Road, at 15:00 on Saturday. Norwich are going through a tough patch of form, winning just once in their last five. The Potters are in even worse form however, with 1 win in their last 9 league games.
The last time these two sides met it was a 5 goal thriller which ended in a 3-2 win to the Canaries. Emiliano Buendia struck first in the clash with a goal in the 18th minute and it was not long before that lead was doubled by a Teemu Pukki effort in the 27th minute. Pukki then made it 3 after half time with a goal in the 57th minute. The game was not done yet though as Buendia received a second yellow card which saw Norwich down to 10 men. Stoke scored 2 goals in the 70th and 79th minute with Tyrese Campbell and Nathan Collins in the scoresheet to ramp up the pressure before the final whistle.
Teemu Pukki is the man to watch for Norwich. The centre forward has 11 goals in 24 matches for the Canaries this season.
Nick Powell has been in fantastic form for Stoke this term. The central attacking midfielder has 7 goals and 2 assists so far and has an AMR of 7.17.
Norwich : 4 / 5
Draw : 5 / 2
Stoke : 15 / 4