West Ham United scored in every home game last season but after failing to do so in the opening game of this campaign against Manchester City seven days ago, they will want to make amends on the road and pick up three points against last season’s play-off winners Nottingham Forest this afternoon.
Both teams lost their opening fixture and currently occupy places in the relegation zone, meaning this may well be a tight game with neither team giving much away.
A victory would see the winners get up and running for the season and climb the table after both were handed difficult fixtures in the opening round of games. However, the Hammers will be well aware that there will be a highly charged atmosphere here, given that they will be playing their first Premier League home game for twenty three years.
That being said, David Moyes will want to see his side get off the mark here, as it will stand them in good stead for Thursday’s UEFA Europa Conference League play-off first-leg when Viborg FF of Denmark come to Stratford.
The visitors have had a pretty decent record against the newly-promoted teams in recent years and they will hope that continues here. It was only Brentford who got the better of them last season as they came away with the maximum six points.
Łukasz Fabiański, Craig Dawson and Michail Antonio will all be assessed ahead of the game, while Maxwel Cornet is in line to make his debut after completing a permanent move from Burnley nine days ago.
Gianluca Scamacca and Flynn Downes are in contention to make their full debuts after coming on in the second-half against the Citizens a week ago.
The match is a 2pm kick-off and for the second week in succession, West Ham have been selected for live television coverage. It will be screened by Sky Sports from 1pm. The referee is Robert Jones.