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Posted Fri 27 Jun 14

Nottingham Forest v Sheffield Wednesday

Sheffield Wednesday v Nottingham Forest
Sky Bet Championship
Saturday 30 August (kick-off 12.15pm)

Pre-match brief

The Nottingham Forest bandwagon rolls into Hillsborough on Saturday as The Reds face a stern examination of their promotion credentials against Sheffield Wednesday (kick-off 12.15pm).

Stuart Pearce's men have made an almost faultless start to the campaign and are now aiming to take their current unbeaten record and top of the table status into the international break.

To maintain their excellent start, Forest must overcome a Wednesday side who have also made a strong start to the campaign and an entertaining encounter is in store in Yorkshire.

Team news

Michail Antonio and Eric Lichaj both left the field in Tuesday's 2-0 win at Huddersfield with slight injuries but manager Stuart Pearce hopes both will be fit enough for tomorrow's game.

Henri Lansbury and Jamaal Lascelles both made their returns from injury in midweek and could be in line for a starting berth but The Reds' boss could stick with the same side that demolished Reading in their last league match.

Sheffield Wednesday manager Stuart Gray is hopeful that midfielder Sam Hutchinson will be fit enough to return to the side after missing the last two matches with a back injury.

Kieran Lee looks set to miss the game as he continues to recover from a hip problem but otherwise Gray is expected to stick with the team that won 3-2 at Middlesbrough last weekend.

View from the Red corner 

Stuart Pearce: “It will be the toughest game of our season.

"They’ve started fantastically well and have got a really defined playing style – they go from back to front very quickly with a big centre forward.

“Stuart Gray has done really well and it will be our toughest task but the challenge for us as a football club is to go there and maintain the league position we’ve got.”

“At this moment in time I’ve got the strongest and fittest squad that I’ve had all season."

For more of the manager's thoughts ahead of tomorrow's game, click here.

What's the form guide?

Nottingham Forest have opened their season in impressive style with five wins and a draw from their first six matches, the latest victory coming in a 2-0 win at Huddersfield Town in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night.

The Reds currently sit at the top of the Sky Bet Championship as the only side with ten points from their four matches and a win at Hillsborough tomorrow would maintain their league position heading into the first international break of the season.

Sheffield Wednesday have also yet to be beaten this season and have recorded impressive away wins at Brighton, Middlesbrough, Burnley and Notts County along the way to add to home draws with Derby and Millwall.

A late penalty from striker Atdhe Nuhiu earned The Owls a Capital One Cup win at Turf Moor on Tuesday night and has set up a glamour third-round tie at Premier League champions Manchester City.

Haven't we met before?

The two sides last met in April as a late free-kick from Jamie Paterson helped Forest to come from 3-1 down to seal a point in a thrilling 3-3 draw at The City Ground.

Are tickets available?

Nottingham Forest have received an initial allocation of 3,065 tickets for the above fixture located behind the goal in the upper tier of the Leppings Lane West Stand. An additional allocation is available if required.

For full details on Sheffield Wednesday tickets, please click here.

How do I get there?

Exit the M1 at junction 36 and follow the A61 towards Sheffield. Continue along the road for approximately four miles until the second roundabout. Take the third exit (Leppings Lane) - the ground is situated on the left-hand side.

No trams will be in operation this weekend due to engineering works but there will be replacement bus services running from Sheffield city centre to Hillsborough. A post-match 'football special' train service will also be departing Sheffield station at 3.26pm on Saturday to bring supporters back to Nottingham.

What if I can't make the game?

Live audio commentary will be available on Forest Player, as well as free live text commentary on and via @Official_NFFC on Twitter.

Forest Player will also have extended match highlights from 12pm on Sunday, as well as all the reaction from the Forest camp.

What are the odds?

Nottingham Forest are the 6/4 favourites to taste victory at Hillsborough tomorrow with the draw priced at 9/4 and 9/5 being offered for a Sheffield Wednesday win.

Britt Assombalonga has called on his teammates to keep their unbeaten run going and supporters can get 7/4 on the young striker to score in a Forest win tomorrow lunchtime.

If passed fit, Michail Antonio will be returning to face his former club and the winger is priced at 12/5 to score at anytime or at 7/1 to score the opening goal at Hillsborough.

Please visit for all the latest odds for tomorrow's game.

Who is in charge?

Referee: Graham Salisbury
Assistant Referees: Simon Clayton and Billy Smallwood
Fourth Official: Scott Mathieson

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Wigan v Birmingham
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