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Match preview: Forest vs Birmingham

16 August 2019

Nottingham Forest get back to Sky Bet Championship action when they entertain Birmingham City tomorrow (kick-off 3pm).

The Reds will be in search of their first league victory of the campaign following on from their win over Fleetwood in the Carabao Cup in midweek, and face a tough test against Pep Clotet's Blues.

City won their opening game away at Brentford and followed that up with a draw against Bristol City and The Reds will be looking to end their strong start to the season.

Tale of the tape

Nottingham Forest

  • The Reds are unbeaten in their last four league meetings with Birmingham at The City Ground
  • Forest have not failed to win any of their opening three Championship matches since the 2010-11 season


  • Birmingham will be looking for their second league win of the season after their opening day victory against Brentford
  • Birmingham have scored on their last five outings to The City Ground, winning just one of those matches
Club News

Forest Review vs Birmingham City

16 August 2019

Team news

Sabri Lamouchi has no fresh injury concerns for the match, although it is too soon for Joao Carvalho to make a return despite the Portuguese midfielder returning to light training.

After making nine changes in midweek, Lamouchi may be tempted to stick with some of those players who impressed or revert back to the side which picked up a point at Leeds last weekend.

Forest thoughts

Head to head

  Forest wins Draws Birmingham wins
League 38 29 35
FA Cup 2 4 3
League Cup 2 1 2
Total 42 34 40

Last time out on Trentside

From the opposition

Birmingham manager Pep Clotet knows his side face a tough test against Nottingham Forest but is eager for his side to show what they can do at The City Ground.


He said: "It's a tough challenge for us playing against a team in need of a win and sometimes that's not easy to handle. We'll try and perform again and see what happens.

"We know the strengths and weakness they have, but we need to focus on what we are good at.

"After this weekend we have a game at home (on Tuesday against Stoke) and away next Saturday (at Swansea), so we have three games in a week. After that we'll see where we're heading and what the challenge is in front of us.

"I just want the team to keep growing and enjoying the football they are producing."


Tony Harrington will be the man in the middle for Saturday's game at The City Ground. Harrington has refereed two matches already this season, showing five yellow cards and no red cards. 

He took charge of two Forest games last season, the 2-1 win against Sheffield Wednesday on Trentside and the 1-0 defeat away to Millwall.

Ticket news

Ticket News

Gain priority for Derby cup tickets!

14 August 2019

There is limited availability across the stadium for Saturday's game, with sales strong for the big match.

Full ticket information can be found here


International subscribers to iFollow Forest will be able to watch the whole game live, either by subscribing or purchasing a match pass. Full details can be found here.

Audio commentary provided by BBC Radio Nottingham is also available, and fans can also follow the action by keeping up to date with the club's official social media channels and the Match Centre.

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Match Reports

Forest 3-0 Birmingham

17 August 2019

Nottingham Forest produced a superb display to defeat Birmingham City 3-0 at The City Ground this afternoon.

First-half goals by Joe Lolley and Lewis Grabban were added to by a Michael Dawson header as The Reds convincingly defeated their Midlands opponents.

It could have been more for Forest as second-half chances came and went but it was a fine afternoon and a deserving three points.

Sabri Lamouchi made two changes to the team which drew against Leeds in their last league outing, with Samba Sow and Sammy Ameobi called into the starting 11 following impressive displays from the substitutes’ bench at Elland Road.

The visitors created a couple of half-chances in the opening stages of the game, with Lukas Jutkiewicz blazing over the bar and a couple of dangerous crosses kept out by the Forest defence, but the first half was dominated by The Reds after that.

On 15 minutes they took the lead as some quick-thinking unlocked the Blues’ defence. Ben Watson played a quick free kick to Joe Lolley who unleashed a strike from 25 yards which was too hot for former Red Lee Camp to handle as it nestled into the bottom corner.

It was Lolley’s third goal in four games against Birmingham for Forest as he kept up his fine scoring record against them and notched his first of the season.

Seven minutes later and Forest had doubled their lead with a fine move finished off by Lewis Grabban. Some neat passing play eventually saw the ball come to Lolley on the right, he stood up a cross to the back post where Grabban cleverly looped a header back over the head of Camp and into the far corner.

Forest were on top and it was almost three after some fine play by Ameobi, who drove down the left before seeing his shot stopped at the near post by Camp as they went into the break ahead.

The second half started in a subdued manner before Forest stepped it up a gear just after the hour mark. The introduction of Tiago Silva from the bench added a fresh impetus to their play and he provided the assist as Dawson added the third, meeting Silva’s left-wing corner with an unmarked header.

The Reds were rampant and it could have been more as they repeatedly opened the Birmingham rearguard.

Lolley’s teasing cross was met by an arriving Samba Sow who somehow headed wide from eight yards out, then Tiago Silva’s pull back was blazed over the bar by Ameobi before Lewis Grabban spurned a chance to add his second as he glanced Albert Adomah’s cross wide of the mark.

It could, and should, have been more on the scoreboard for Forest but a first league win of the season, and a first clean sheet, are both very welcome and full deserved following a fine display as they head to the capital for a London double-header next week.

Forest: Muric, Cash, Dawson (c), Worrall, Robinson, Sow (Adomah 73’), Watson, Semedo (Silva 57’), Lolley, Ameobi (Mir 79’), Grabban

Unused subs: Samba, Riberio, Figueiredo, Jenkinson

Goals: Lolley 15’, Grabban 22’, Dawson 64’

Birmingham: Camp, Colin, Roberts, Dean (c), Pedersen, Davis, G. Gardner (Gimenez 60’), Sunjic, Vilalba, Crowley (Seddon 90’), Jutkiewicz

Unused subs: Stockdale, Harding, C. Gardner, Clarke-Salter, Medina

Bookings: Sunjic 15’, Gimenez 62’

Referee: Tony Harrington

Attendance: 27,281 (1,995 away)

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Ticket News

Tickets: Birmingham City (H)

15 August 2019

Tickets for Nottingham Forest’s second home league game of the season against Birmingham City (Saturday 17th August, kick-off 3pm) are now on general sale.

The corresponding fixture last season saw The Reds come from 2-0 down to claim a 2-2 draw on Trentside so they will be hoping to go one better this time around.

Adult prices for this weekend’s fixture start from just £25, whilst 4-11 year olds can attend from just £5.


How to buy

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

Supporters with accessible seating needs

Supporters who are registered as having accessible seating requirements 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.

There is already limited availability for this game, so supporters interested in taking advantage of our hospitality packages for this fixture are urged to buy now.

General season card holder upgrade

Should season card holders wish to upgrade their season card to hospitality for the game, this can be done from £55 (+VAT) per person for full paying adult season card holders and from £42.50 (+VAT) per person for under 16s.

For further information or to book, supporters can email or call the team on 0115 982 4450.


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