2018-19 Championship preview: Nottingham Forest

NEWSATDEN looks at all of Millwall’s 23 opponents ahead of the 2018-19 Championship season.

Next up, Lucas Ball casts an eye over big-spending Nottingham Forest.

Name: Nottingham Forest

Nickname: The Reds/Tricky Trees

Manager: Aitor Karanka

Stadium: City Ground [30,576]

Postcode: NG2 3AQ

Club website: www.nottinghamforest.co.uk

Nearest train station: Nottingham

Match-day directions: footballgroundguide.com

Promotion odds (Sky Bet): 10/3

Last meeting: Sky Bet Championship – Millwall 2-0 Nottingham Forest [Shaun Williams 1', Lee Gregory 33']; March 30, 2018

Last season: 17th in Sky Bet Championship

Goals for: 51

Goals against: 65

Top league goal scorer: Kieran Dowell (9)

First-team 2018-19 transfers

Ins: Joao Carvalho [£15 million from Benfica]; Lewis Grabban [£6.8 million from Bournemouth]; El Arbi Hillel Soudani [£3 million from Dinamo Zagreb]; Tobias Figueiredo [£2.3 million from Sporting Lisbon]; Jack Robinson [free transfer from QPR]; Michael Dawson [free transfer from Hull]; Diogo Goncalves [loan from Benfica]; Gil Dias [loan from Monaco]; Costel Pantilimon [undisclosed from Watford]; Jack Colback [loan from Newcastle]

Outs: Lewis Walters; Jack Hobbs [both released]; David Vaughan [free transfer to Notts County]; Tyler Walker [loan to Mansfield]; Armand Traore [undisclosed to Rizespor]; Andreas Bouchalakis [undisclosed to Olympiakos]; Jason Cummings [loan to Peterborough]; Eric Lichaj [undisclosed to Hull]; Jorge Grant [loan to Luton]; Chris Cohen [retired]; Ashkan Dejagah [released]

Former Lion Lewis Grabban will be hoping to fire his new side to glory this season in the Sky Bet Championship. The striker moves from the south coast to Forest and is a former team-mate of Millwall boss Neil Harris.

Steve Morison has called the transfer market this summer a “shambles” and though he didn’t mention Forest he could have pointed to their spending as an example of how crazy transfer windows at this level have become.

Their spending thus far totals over £25 million, with little recouped in players sales, making it an expensive squad overhaul for the owners.

Aitor Karanka also wants to add a right back to his squad before the weekend, with Sam Byram heavily linked with to the City Ground after failing to impress at West Ham.

This season becomes crucial for Forest and they need to do well after the financial struggles of clubs such as Aston Villa following heavy spending for a second-tier side.

Prediction: Miss out on play-offs.

There are just too many new faces and it will take time for this group to click, meaning they will just miss out on the top six and have to focus on building for the next season.

As long as there is progression, the owners should stick with Karanka – who has an excellent record in this division.

This season's fixtures: 

Nottingham Forest vs. Millwall – Wednesday October 3, 2018 [Kick-off: 7.45pm]

Millwall vs. Nottingham Forest – Saturday December 29, 2018  [Kick-off: 3pm]

Image: Millwall FC