JOHN KRETLOW - Friday, August 9, 2013
Eric Lichaj looks to build on his successful debut with a strong performance in Nottingham Forest's match against Blackburn Rovers, while Danny Williams and Reading travel to play Tim Ream's Bolton.
Blackburn Rovers - Nottingham Forest
Eric Lichaj looks for his second start with Nottingham Forest as they take on Blackburn on the road this weekend.
The former Aston Villa defender starred in his Forest debut last week and is likely to start once again.
Lichaj and company started the Championship season on the right foot when they beat Huddersfield Town 1-0 at home. Moreover, Forest continued their strong play by beating Hartlepool United in League Cup action in the midweek.
Forest however runs into a team that it has not beat since 2001. Last season they lost to Blackburn and drew with them.
Rovers beginning of the season has not gone as well as Forest however. They drew with Derby County in their season opener, while losing to Carlisle United in penalty kicks in League Cup play. Blackburn will look to get some confidence in front of their home fans and take their first three points of the season.
Ruben Rochina was injured in last week's draw for Blackburn and is questionable to feature on Saturday.
Bolton Wanderers - Reading
Tim Ream and Bolton welcome Danny Williams and Reading to the Reebok Stadium.
Ream dressed but did not feature in last week's draw Burnley, however he did start in their League Cup win over Shrewsbury Town. The defender could see the field on Saturday.
Stuart Holden is a long-term injury concern and will not dress for Bolton.
Williams made his Reading debut last week when he came off the bench to help the team beat Ipswich Town at home. The German-American is likely to see the field once again this weekend.
Bolton started out last season with a bad run of form, and despite improving later on, were unable to make up for their bad start. They look to garner an important three points at home this weekend and grab some momentum.
Jimmy Kebe and Jason Roberts are not likely to feature for Reading.
Seb Hines is still injured and will be out of action when Middlesbrough take the road to play Charlton Athletic.
Jonathan Spector is also recovering from an injury as his Birmingham City play Yeovil Town.
Zak Whitbread is questionable to feature in Leicester City's home match against Leeds United.
Jon Paul Pittman and Wycombe travel to play AFC Wimbledon in League Two action.