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Posted Fri 28 Aug 15

Forest v Cardiff

Get all the news ahead of Nottingham Forest's Sky Bet Championship match against Cardiff City at The City Ground on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 3pm).

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Pre-match brief

Following the last-gasp disappointment at Bolton Wanderers on Saturday, Nottingham Forest return to The City Ground this weekend looking to extend their unbeaten run to four matches against Russell Slade's Cardiff City.

Forest manager Dougie Freedman will have been encouraged by recent performances against Rotherham, Charlton and Bolton but knows his men face a tough test against a Cardiff side who swept Wolves aside by two goals to nil in their last league outing.

Cardiff have strengthened their ranks during the summer transfer window with the arrivals of Sammy Ameobi and Gabriel Tamas and can also boast the former Premier League striker Kenwyne Jones amongst their strikeforce.

Last time out

Nottingham Forest were held to a 1-1 draw at Bolton Wanderers on Saturday as David Vaughan's first goal for The Reds, a stunning 35-yard strike, was cancelled out in stoppage time by Stephen Dobbie's low drive from 20 yards.

Forest: De Vries, Lichaj, Mills, Hobbs, Pinillos, Ebecilio (Vaughan 75'), Mancienne, Antonio, Lansbury, Osborn (Burke 58'), Walker (Fox 86')


Cardiff City bowed out of the Capital One Cup at the second-round stage with a 2-1 defeat at MK Dons after extra time on Tuesday as the Dons turned the tie on its head following Alex Revell's second-half opener.

Cardiff: Moore, Connolly, Morrison, Manga, Fábio, Ameobi, Ralls (Dikgacoi 71'), O'Keefe (Peltier 90'), Noone, Doyle, Revell (Macheda 82')

A previous encounter


Are tickets available?

Tickets for Nottingham Forest's Sky Bet Championship game against Cardiff City on Saturday are still available.

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

Catch Cardiff clash in style

Former Player of the Year and local lad Julian Bennett will be returning as the VIP guest, offering interviews in all hospitality areas before kick-off. 

To book one of the hospitality packages below, call the commercial team on 0115 982 4450 (Mon - Fri, 9am-5pm).

Castle Club

- Padded seat in the Trent End viewing gallery
- Access to the Pitch Sports Diner
- Pre-order half-time and full-time drinks

Adults - £62 + VAT pp
Under 16s - £31 + VAT pp

1865 Club

- Padded seat by the half-way line
- Access to private members bar
- Post match interview with first team player*

£82 + VAT pp

* subject to availability

What else is happening?

Sherwood's Hideout will be open to young supporters in the Main Stand which includes face-painting, a games console, the chance to have a photograph taken in front of the Nottingham Forest press backdrop and an opportunity to meet some special visitors.

The Salvation Army will also be holding a bucket collection ahead of the game and all supporters are encouraged to give generously to such a worthy cause.

What if I can't make the game?

Live audio commentary will be available on Forest Player HD, as well as live text commentary on www.nottinghamforest.co.uk and via @Official_NFFC on Twitter.

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

Is there a programme?

The official matchday programme will be available to buy and download for Saturday's meeting with Cardiff.

The 76-page edition, priced at £3, includes columns from chairman and owner Fawaz Al Hasawi, manager Dougie Freedman and a retro front cover from the 1995-96 season.

Ben Osborn discusses his return from a pre-season injury as he battles to get back into the Forest side, there's an in-depth look at Saturday's visitors Cardiff and a special 150 interview with former Forest goalkeeper Peter Grummitt.

Forest fans are reminded that they can download the official matchday magazine to their iPad, iPhone or Android device. Perfect for supporters unable to attend the game, the download can be accessed via this app now for Apple users or via this link for Android users.

Hard copies will be available from all the usual outlets around The City Ground.

Fancy a flutter?

Nottingham Forest are the 13/10 favourites to take three points against Cardiff City at The City Ground this weekend with the draw priced at 12/5 and a win for the visitors at 2/1.

A 3-1 victory for Nottingham Forest on Saturday can be backed at 18/1 or for supporters who think the game could be a bit tighter, a slender 1-0 win for The Reds has odds of 6/1.

Dexter Blackstock found the back of the net on Cardiff's last visit to Trentside and the Forest striker can be backed at 6/1 to score the first goal of the game or at 2/1 to get on the scoresheet at any time during the 90 minutes.

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

Around the grounds

All games to be played at 3pm on Saturday unless stated

Blackburn v Bolton (Friday, kick-off 7.45pm)
Derby v Leeds
Brentford v Reading
Bristol City v Burnley
Huddersfield v QPR
Hull v Preston
Ipswich v Brighton
MK Dons v Birmingham
Rotherham v Fulham
Sheffield Wednesday v Middlesbrough
Wolves v Charlton