Cardiff City will travel to The City Ground to face bottom of the table side Nottingham Forest in the EFL Championship. Cardiff have only lost a single match this season and will be high on confidence to beat a struggling Forest side.
Nottingham Forest come into this match without a win in their opening five fixtures, having drawn one and lost four. That leaves them at the bottom of the table.
The Reds have managed to scored a goal in four out of their five matches. They have created 284 attacking actions which is more than most of the teams above Forest in the league. The players are not shy to contest offensive duels and are ranked third in the list of most offensive duels made.
Their defence has won almost 25% of the defensive duels this season and 49% of the aerial duels. The team has been better than most of the competitors in these departments.
Forest players have not created enough threat upfront. The XG threat is just 3.68 and they have scored only four goals this season. Their attacking actions haven’t been that effective. Only five smart passes and 11 through balls have been played, these stats turn out to be the worst in the league.
20-year-old Brennan Johnson and Philip Zinckernagel have bagged one goal each and provided an assist each to make them top contributors in the team.
Cardiff will look to bounce back with a win and try to catch leaders Fulham. The Bluebirds have been one of the best-attacking sides this season and already scored nine goals in total. A total of 60 shots have been attempted towards goal and 25 have been on target. They have a high shot on target accuracy rate and their XG threat is around 8.2 only worse than Fulham, West Brom and Coventry City.
Cardiff has a very high duels win rate. When it comes to the defensive duels win %, Cardiff city is on the top of the tree. Aerially the Bluebirds have contested the highest number of aerial duels and the win rate in fourth best with 52.6%. Along with this Cardiff players have made the most recoveries in the league.
Passing accuracy is the biggest concern for the Cardiff manager Mick McCarthy. Their attacking style of play has decreased passing accuracy to 71% which is second-worst in the league. Their long passes and through balls have been high in number and these could be the reasons for their low accuracy.
Aden Flint has been a threat in the air from set-pieces. The tall English centre back already has four goals to his name. Marlon Pack has made three goals and even opened his account for the season in the opening fixture. Ryan Giles has the most assists for the team this season with four to date.
Cardiff looks like the strong favourites to win this game. They have played a very attacking type of football and Forest haven’t been impressive till now. Hughton’s side have signed some new players and will hope that they could revive their season. This will be a test for both teams.