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Posted Fri 27 Feb 15

Reading v Forest

Get all the news and views ahead of Nottingham Forest's Sky Bet Championship trip to Reading on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

 Reading v Nottingham Forest
Sky Bet Championship
Saturday 28 February (kick-off 3pm)
Madejski Stadium

Pre-match brief

Dougie Freedman's in-form Nottingham Forest have the chance to end the month of February unbeaten this weekend but must first negotiate a testing trip to the Madejski Stadium and a clash with Steve Clarke's Reading side.

With four wins and a draw from his first five matches in charge, Freedman has enjoyed an excellent start as Forest manager and confidence was again boosted on Wednesday night thanks to a 2-1 win over Bournemouth.

The Reds still harbour slim hopes of reaching the Sky Bet Championship play-offs and need another win in Berkshire on Saturday to keep those dreams alive against a Reading team looking to pull further clear of the bottom three.

Team news

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman could name an unchanged side for the third match in a row having not picked up any new injuries or suspensions in the back-to-back wins over Bolton and Bournemouth.

Chris Burke, Michail Antonio and Dexter Blackstock were all substituted in Wednesday's victory over the Cherries but the trio are all expected to be named in the starting line-up at the Madejski Stadium tomorrow.

Former Red Chris Gunter returned to the Reading bench on Tuesday after missing a month through injury and will hope to be in the matchday squad for the visit of his former club this weekend.

Jamie Mackie is unable to face Forest as per the terms of his loan deal while Anton Ferdinand and Jem Karacan remain sidelined through injury although Danny Williams, Simon Cox and Pavel Pogrebnyak could all return.

What's the form guide?

Nottingham Forest currently sit third in the Sky Bet Championship form table with four wins and a draw from their last five outings and remain unbeaten since the 1-0 defeat at home to Millwall on 31 January.

The Reds have put together three home wins in succession over Wigan (3-0), Bolton (4-1) and most recently Bournemouth (2-1) but despite their good recent form they still sit 12 points off the Championship play-off places.


Reading are one of the division's most unpredictable and inconsistent sides, as proven by their recent run which has seen them win three and lose three of their last six matches to leave them 15th in the league table.

The Royals' home form has been sketchy of late with just one win from their last four games at the Madejski Stadium in a run which has also included home defeats to Leeds United (0-2) and Wigan Athletic (0-1).

Haven't we met before?

The two teams met on Trentside back in August as goals from new signings Matty Fryatt and Britt Assombalonga followed a brace from Michail Antonio to give Forest a stunning 4-0 win at a sun-soaked City Ground.

In the corresponding fixture last season Greg Halford's first-half opener for The Reds was cancelled out in stoppage time by Stephen Kelly as the two sides shared the points on New Year's Day in Berkshire.

Forest's last win at the Madejski Stadium came back in February 2009 as a Reds side which included Kelvin Wilson and Chris Cohen sealed all three points thanks to Lewis McGugan's second-half winner.

 

Are tickets available?

Tickets for Nottingham Forest's Sky Bet Championship trip to Reading are still available.

As of 11am on Friday morning there were 150 tickets remaining from the initial allocation with tickets on sale until 4pm today from the Forest ticket office and on the day at the Madejski Stadium.

For full details and for a list of prices, please click here.

How do I get there?

From Junction 11 of the M4, follow signs towards Reading. Madejski Stadium is on your left-hand side after less than a mile.

The nearest rail station is Reading. From there, simply take a Greenwave Park & Ride green bus that takes you direct to the stadium with an average journey time of less than ten minutes. A taxi to the stadium, from the train station/town centre should cost approximately £10.

What if I can't make the game?

Live audio commentary will be available on Forest Player, as well as live text commentary on www.nottinghamforest.co.uk 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 9/4 outsiders to take all three points away from the Madejski Stadium tomorrow with a win for the home side priced at 6/5 and the draw as an outside bet at 12/5.

For supporters who fancy Forest to gain their second 2-1 victory in four days then that scoreline has odds of 10/1 while the more adventurous may back a repeat of The Reds' 4-0 win over Reading in August at 80/1.

Michail Antonio makes a return to the club where he learnt his trade tomorrow and the Forest winger can be backed at 8/1 to score the first goal of the game at the Madejski Stadium or 11/4 to score at any time.

For all the latest odds on tomorrow's game, please visit www.skybet.com/forest and make a prediction for Reading v Forest.

Who is in charge?

Referee: Mick Russell
Assistant Referees: Chris Powell and Richard Wigglesworth
Fourth Official: Philip Dermott

Who else is playing?

Birmingham v Brentford
Blackpool v Wigan
Bolton v Brighton
Bournemouth v Blackburn
Cardiff v Wolves
Charlton v Huddersfield
Fulham v Derby
Leeds v Watford
Rotherham v Millwall
Sheffield Wednesday v Middlesbrough
Norwich v Ipswich (Sunday, kick-off 2.05pm)

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