Nottingham Forest’s final game of the season sees them travel to Selhurst Park on Sunday to take on Crystal Palace at 4:30pm on Matchday 38 of the Premier League. Here’s a look at Steve Cooper’s likely line-up for the game.
There are likely to be a number of changes to the line-up for this final game of the season.
The Welsh goalkeeper has not had much game time this season. Recruited to bring Premier League experience to Nottingham Forest and to act as a back-up to Dean Henderson, he was given a chance for a few games in January after the goalkeeper on loan from Manchester United picked up an injury. However, since the arrival of Keylor Navas, he has never started a game. Unfortunately, the goalkeeper on loan from PSG suffered a late injury against Arsenal and will not be able to play against the Eagles. Wayne Hennessey will have the chance to shine against his former club.
Felipe is doubtful for tomorrow’s game against Crystal Palace. To replace him in Forest’s defence, Willy Boly would be perfect. The Ivorian defender returned from his three-month long injury to play ten minutes late on against Southampton. He did not start against Chelsea but played twelve minutes late on against Arsenal last weekend. The last game of the season would be a good opportunity for him to play another 90 minutes in a game with no stakes.
The Senegalese has been excellent since returning from injury two months ago. His return has brought incredible serenity to Forest’s defence. Putting him in the starting line-up tomorrow would help Forest finish the season on a high.
Joe Worrall has put in one good performance after another. Against Chelsea and Arsenal, he was one of Forest’s best players. He deserves to finish the season as a regular to congratulate him on his recent good form.
Nottingham Forest have announced the departure of Jack Colback at the end of his contract this summer. The former Newcastle man played 155 games for Forest and made a major contribution to the club’s promotion to the Premier League last season. A start in the final game of the season would be a fitting farewell gift for the club.
The end of the season has been synonymous with an explosion for Orel Mangala. The Belgian is sparkling and has just made it six games in a row as a first-team regular. It would be no surprise if tomorrow’s game against Crystal Palace is his seventh.
Since his return from injury against Brentford on 29 April, Ryan Yates has gone from strength to strength. His contribution in midfield is crucial in recovering the ball, and his leadership is a big plus on the pitch. He should start against Crystal Palace.
What a season Serge Aurier has had. The Ivorian full-back is one of the club’s best recruits this season. Despite a few injuries, he has had a full season and we hope to see him shine again at Selhurst Park tomorrow.
Surely the player of the season at Nottingham Forest. The most expensive player in the club’s history has had a great season and has made a huge contribution offensively for Nottingham Forest. One last world-class performance to end the season?
Taiwo Awoniyi is some striker. The Nigerian is in top form. He has scored five goals in his last three games and is Nottingham Forest’s top scorer this season with nine goals despite being injured for three months. If he starts tomorrow, Taiwo Awoniyi is likely to reach the ten-goal mark in the Premier League this season.
Brennan Johnson has started two games in a row from the bench. With Danilo a doubt for tomorrow’s game against Crystal Palace, it is likely that Morgan Gibbs-White will take his place lower down the pitch. Brennan Johnson therefore stands a good chance of making the starting line-up, and he can try to show Steve Cooper that he wants his place back in the starting line-up.
Predicted XI: Hennessey – Boly, Niakhaté, Worrall – Colback, Mangala, Yates, Aurier – Gibbs-White – Awoniyi, Johnson.