Baggies boss: no surprise in Forest position

Becoming the latest in a long line of opposition managers to draw attention to what he feels is Forest's financial muscle, Di Matteo told the official West Bromwich Albion website: "You look at their squad, the players and the money they have spent.

"They have got some very good players so I was looking for them to be pushing.

New signing Gabriel Tamas, a 26-year-old Romanian international defender, could make his debut on Friday night if he receives international clearance to play in the game, which at present is firmly on despite the bad weather.

Forest duo Billy Davies and Lee Camp meanwhile, have been nominated for Championship manager and the player of the month respectively.