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Nottingham Forest will be looking to continue a rich vein of form as they host Barnsley at the City Ground later this afternoon.
Sabri Lamouchi has steered his side to six straight games without defeat, leaving them ninth in the Championship table.
They’ve had some tough-looking fixtures in that run too, namely West Brom, who are the only side to pick up all three points against the Reds this season.
Now they face one of the league’s basement boys as the Tykes sit in 22nd having won just one match all season.
And there’s one area of the pitch that could bring them success.
Forest winger Sammy Ameobi will be coming up against a rather inexperienced full-back in Toby Sibbick and that could swing the game in the home side’s favour before a ball has even been kicked.
Before this season the 20-year-old had only featured 26 times at League One level for Wimbledon before earning a move to Oakwell in the summer.
His key attribute is in the tackle, where he has made 3.3 per game this season, but the rest of his game falls short defensively. This is where Ameobi has the potential to dominate.
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Ameobi has nearly five inches on Sibbick, so that’s quite clearly a mismatch in height.
Furthermore, 43% of Forest’s attacks come on the left side of midfield meaning Ameobi is likely to be in the thick of it.
If you consider that aspect of Forest’s play and the disappointing defensive stats Sibbick boasts, Ameobi has an excellent chance of adding to his one assist this season and putting in a good performance.