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Match preview: Forest vs Stoke

9 November 2018

Nottingham Forest will be targeting back-to-back home wins when Stoke City visit The City Ground on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 3pm).

After a determined 1-0 win against Sheffield United last weekend, The Reds will be looking for another three points to maintain their push for the play-off spots heading into the international break.

Stoke have had an indifferent start to the season and find themselves in 15th place in the Championship on their return to the second tier, but they will provide stern opposition with an unbeaten run on the road stretching back to September.

Team news

Forest have Jack Colback available for selection again after the midfielder served his one-game suspension, but manager Aitor Karanka has a decision to make on whether to reinstate the on-loan Newcastle man or stick with Claudio Yacob after his impressive debut last weekend.

Danny Fox, Hillal Soudani and Daryl Murphy all remain absentees for The Reds.

From the Forest camp

The opposition view

Stoke manager Gary Rowett is keen to continue their good form when they visit The City Ground this weekend.

He said: “We’ve worked on being pacier and getting the ball forward into attacking areas and we’ll continue to do that. I think we’ve got quite a nice rhythm to what we’re doing at the moment and it’s really just improving that last 20 per cent.

“I’ve got no doubt we can perform to a higher level.

"Our main concern (heading into the international break) is trying to finish with a positive result after what's been a good period of games for us. I looked three games ago and there was a little bit of me thinking this was a tough period and we might come out of it with not as many points as we'd like.

"We've actually done well so for me it's about trying to finish that off."

One to watch - Jack Butland

The England international keeper has been in good form of late, keeping four clean sheets in his last six outings for The Potters and The Reds will need to be at their goalscoring best to find a way past the former Birmingham man.

Head to head

Forest wins - 44
Stoke wins - 30
Draws - 30

Last time out - Forest 3-2 Stoke (Wednesday 26th September, 2018 - Carabao Cup)


Another big crowd is set to descend on Trentside for Saturday's game, with limited availability in all areas. 

Full ticket information can be found here.


International subscribers to iFollow Forest will be able to watch the game in full while audio commentary provided by BBC Radio Nottingham will also be available.

There will be full coverage of the match via the club's official social media channels and in the Match Centre.

Other fixtures

All fixtures to be played at 3pm on Saturday unless otherwise stated:

Sheffield United vs Sheffield Wednesday (Friday, 7.45pm)
Birmingham vs Hull
Blackburn vs Rotherham
Bolton vs Swansea
Bristol City vs Preston
Derby vs Aston Villa
Middlesbrough vs Wigan
Norwich vs Millwall
QPR vs Brentford
Reading vs Ipswich
West Brom vs Leeds (5.30pm)

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Match Reports

Forest 0-0 Stoke

10 November 2018

Nottingham Forest played out a goalless draw against Stoke City this afternoon in an evenly-fought match at The City Ground.

Chances came and went for both sides as the defences ultimately came out on top, with Forest picking up a point to head into the international break.

Aitor Karanka made one change to the side which defeated Sheffield United last weekend, with Jack Colback returning from suspension to replace Claudio Yacob in midfield.

It was a cagey opening half of the game with neither side able to create many clear-cut opportunities. James McClean had the game's first effort on five minutes from 25 yards out which Costel Pantilimon did well to parry away from danger.

The visitors were appealing for a big decision to be made by referee Oliver Langford on the half-hour mark as Benik Afobe raced clear before going down under the challenge of Pantilimon outside the area, but the man in the middle waved play on much to the frustration of Gary Rowett and The Potters' players.

Towards the end of the half Forest came forward, with Joe Lolley forcing Jack Butland into a low save on 41, Adlene Guedioura dragging an effort wide of the target from inside the area two minutes later and with the last kick of the half, Joao Carvalho saw an effort superbly blocked by Ryan Shawcross wide when well-placed in front of goal.

After a spell of possession for the visitors at the start of the second half, Forest got on top and created a few more openings as they went in search of the game's first goal.

A mistake by Butland gifted Forest possession on the edge of the Stoke penalty area but Lewis Grabban flashed his shot over the bar when he should have done better, then Carvalho forced Butland into a smart low save.

Matty Cash was next to have an attempt on goal just after the hour mark as he received Michael Dawson's superb raking pass on the left, cut inside but fired a venomous shot just over the crossbar.

The Reds had to be alert at the back too and a superb clearing header from Tendayi Darikwa prevented Mame Diouf from converting at the back post and Tom Edwards' low free kick was well saved by Pantilimon on 67.

Substitute Saido Berahino had a glorious chance to put Stoke ahead on 77 minutes but he headed Edwards' cross high and wide from six yards out then Forest almost took the lead with Lolley's fine curling effort on 84 but Butland produced an outstanding save to tip his shot around the post.

Butland was on hand again to deny The Reds as the game headed into injury time, this time as Grabban latched onto Cash's flicked header and the England international keeper blocked the Forest man's effort from point-blank range.

The final chance fell to Stoke as Peter Crouch's looping header looked to be heading into the net until Tobias Figueiredo cleared off the line, but both sides had to settle for a point an a well-contested match at The City Ground.

Forest: Pantilimon, Darikwa, Dawson (c), Figueiredo, Robinson, Guedioura (Yacob 76'), Colback, Cash, Carvalho (Dias 86'), Lolley, Grabban

Unused subs: Steele, Osborn, Janko, Ansarifard, Hefele

Booking: Dawson 68'

Stoke: Butland, Edwards, Shawcross (c), Williams, Martins Indi, Woods, Allen, Etebo (Clucas 76'), Diouf (Berahino 70'), Afobe (Crouch 79'), McClean

Unused subs: Federici, Martina, Fletcher, Bojan

Referee: Oliver Langford

Attendance: 28,556 (2,000 away)

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Ticket News

Tickets: Stoke City (H)

9 November 2018

Nottingham Forest host Stoke City on Saturday 10th November (kick-off 3pm) eager for repeat of the performance against the visitors that saw The Reds progress in the Carabao Cup.

The two sides meet again at The City Ground after Forest edged a thrilling 3-2 victory to seal a Carabao Cup fourth-round tie away to Burton Albion.

However it will be three precious league points on offer this time around and Aitor Karanka's men will be eager to make the most of home advantage and continue their impressive form in the league.

A near-capacity crowd is expected at The City Ground again, so supporters are urged to buy as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Tickets are now on general sale with adult tickets priced at £28 and under 11s just £5 each.

Full sales information can be found below:

  Pre-matchday Matchday
Adults £28 £30
Seniors (65+) £22 £24
Youths (18-23) £14 £14
Juniors (12-17) £12 £12
Kids (4-11) £6 £6

Dates of sale

On sale to Date
Season card holders and home members Monday 15th October - 9am
General sale Saturday 20th October - post-match

Tickets can be purchased by visiting, by visiting the ticket office in-person or calling 0115 982 4388.

Accessible seating information

Supporters who are registered disabled with Nottingham Forest can claim a Disabled Companion seat providing that they are entitled to the high rate of Disabled Living Allowance for either care or mobility, the high rate of Attendance Allowance or the enhanced rate of Personal Independence Payment.

Matchday hospitality

If you are looking to enjoy a special day at The City Ground, then don’t forget that hospitality packages for the game are available. Prices start from just £60+ VAT per person and details can be found by visiting the commercial website or by calling 0115 982 4450 for more details.


Nottingham Forest now operate a print-at-home service for supporters to utilise when purchasing tickets. Below is a handy video to explain the system.

Please note that this service is currently only operational for Family Stand tickets while the system is trialled and finalised.

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