After starting the season strong as they only lost just once in their first five league games this campaign, Birmingham City have now dropped down to 15th position on the league table. They were beaten 2-0 by Queens Park Rangers on Tuesday, and have extended their winless streak to four games. Birmingham City have scored just once in those four games and have conceded nine goals in that period. They have 12 points from 10 games and will be looking to win on Saturday to boost morale in the side.
Birmingham City had a total of 12 attempts on goal in their previous game against QPR. Despite having a high number of attempts they only managed to keep only one shot on target. Their attackers were not clinical in front of goal and wasted the opportunities they created when they were on top of the game. The xT timeline indicates that they had more chances where they created a threat on the opposition defence, but failed to make the most of these chances.
Birmingham City have attempted 81 shots on goal from inside the penalty box in the season so far. From these 81 shots they have only had 32 shots which they were able to keep on target. This indicates that they have a decent shot on target percentage, but have failed to be clinical enough in front of the goal when they have had the best chances in the game. They scored nine goals from their first six games, but since then have been on a dry run scoring only one goal in their last four games.
Nottingham Forest began their Championship campaign in a rather disappointing manner. They failed to win any of their first seven league games, losing six of them and drawing one game. However, Nottingham Forest are now unbeaten in three straight games and have won seven points in these three games. They beat Barnsley 3-1 away from home and will be looking to build on their newfound form at the weekend.
Nottingham Forest went down early in the first half, but a dominant performance from their attackers in the second half won them the game. Forest score three goals in 21 minutes to seal all three points only for the second time this season. As seen in the above visual, the xG timeline indicates that Forest had a slow start to the game, but as the game progressed they found their feet and turned it around. Zinckernagel attempted three shots on goal and had all three of his shots on target. He scored the equaliser for Forest which set the rhythm for the second and third goal.
Philip Zinckernagel not only scored a goal, but also assisted his teammate for their second goal. He has had two assists in the season so far and has also scored two goals. The above visual shows us the passes he attempted in the game against Barnsley. We can see that most of the passes he played in the final third had a high xT and were also in threatening positions. He has been an influential figure in the build up for most of the attacks created by Forest. He had a very high impact on the Barnsley game and will look to maintain his form for the game against Birmingham.
Birmingham City predicted starting lineup:
Sarkic, Sanderson, Dean, Friend, Colin, Woods, Sunjic, Bela, Chong, Jutkiewicz, Deeney.
Nottingham Forest predicted starting lineup:
Samba, Worrell, Figueiredo, McKenna, Spence, Yates, Garner, Lowe, Johnson, Zinckernagel, Grabban.
Forest will now look to get back to back wins as they now sit outside of the relegation zone for the first time this season. Birmingham City have not been in the best form recently but will try to end their four game winless run and try to turn things around.