Date: 16th August 2019 at 2:56pm
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Nottingham Forest haven’t had the start to their season that they would have hoped for, and neither has their star man Joe Lolley.

The Reds have picked up just one point from their opening two games, and their talisman is yet to score a goal or provide an assist.

Last season Joe Lolley switched between playing on the left and on the right, making 26 appearances on the left and 14 on the right.

So far this term Lolley has exclusively played down the left.

His below-par start to the season could tempt Sabri Lamouchi into playing him down the right-wing but for this fixture he should persevere with what he’s been doing so far.

Lolley has a great chance of opening his account against Birmingham City. He’s scored against the Blues more times than any other side, and his personal allegiances to Aston Villa may provide him with the extra incentive to find the net.

The 25-year-old would have a greater effect down the left due to the strength of Pep Clotet’s two full-backs.

Kristian Pederson made WhoScored’s Championship Team of the Season last term, while his counterpart Maxime Colin isn’t as defensively sound.

Last season Colin was dribbled past 0.8 times per 90 mins, compared to Pederson’s 0.5, and the Dane also made more tackles per game than the Frenchman.

It’s clear that Lolley would have a better chance of having a good game if he had to face off against Colin rather than Pederson.

With the winger looking likely to have a huge say in what happens on Saturday it is vital that he has the best chance of making a positive impact on proceedings, and that’s by playing him down the left rather than the right.

 

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