Nottingham Forest travel to South Wales to face Cardiff City looking to record their fourth successive win in the Championship.
While the visitors head into Sunday’s contest sitting just outside of the playoff places, Cardiff begin the weekend three points above the relegation zone.
There was a time at the back end of 2021 where it appeared that Forest were beginning to run out of steam, a feeling highlighted by defeats to Middlesbrough and Huddersfield Town.
However, the start of the transfer window came at the right time for head coach Steve Cooper, and Forest have since recorded four victories in succession in all competitions.
The triumph over Arsenal in the FA Cup was the clear catalyst, but the East Midlands outfit deserve huge credit for following that success with wins over Millwall, Derby County and Barnsley.
Forest somehow remain outside of the playoffs despite recording six wins from eight – the second best return since the start of December – but Cooper and his rejuvenated squad will continue to focus on the long game.
While retaining the services of Brennan Johnson may prove key, Keinan Davis has added a freshness to the attack with the Aston Villa loanee netting his first goal in Tuesday’s win against Barnsley.
Steve Morison seemingly finds himself in a difficult position at the Cardiff City Stadium, the interim boss only on a contract until the end of the season and rumours persisting that he may be replaced.
The latter is arguably harsh on the 38-year-old, who has collected some notable results inbetween the six defeats in 13 games, but the club’s owners recognise the importance of staying outside of the relegation zone.
Again, it would be harsh to view this contest as last-chance saloon for Morison but with reports suggesting that Neil Warnock may make a return to the club, he will understand the importance of at least avoiding defeat against one of the in-form teams in the division.
Cardiff’s next two league games come against Barnsley and Peterborough United, further upping the ante ahead of this contest with extra breathing space above the latter of those teams craved as soon as possible.
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We say: Cardiff City 0-2 Nottingham Forest
While Morison’s role in the dugout is seemingly under threat, he knows that he cannot afford to be too gung-ho in search of maximum points. Nevertheless, his approach to the game may prove irrelevant given Forest’s recent form, and we are backing the visitors to claim a relatively comfortable win.