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Match preview: Forest vs Preston in association with Football Index

30 August 2019

Check out all you need to know ahead of Saturday's big game at The City Ground between Nottingham Forest and Preston North End in the match preview in association with Football Index.

Another big crowd is set to descend on Trentside as The Reds aim to end the first month of the campaign on a high against Preston.

Forest have won their last three outings at home, including Tuesday night's resounding victory over rivals Derby County, and spirits are high heading into the final game before the international break.

Team news

Sabri Lamouchi could revert back to the side which defeated Fulham in the league last weekend, although the eight players who came into the side in midweek are all pushing to start.

Joao Carvalho will be hoping to be involved once again as he continues his comeback after a goalscoring return on Tuesday night.

Forest thoughts

Head to head

  Forest wins Draws Preston wins
League 28 26 40
FA Cup 4 3 2
Total 32 29 42

Last time out

From the opposition

Preston manager Alex Neil has been impressed with the way Forest have started the season and is expecting a difficult contest at The City Ground.


He said: "You wouldn’t have wanted the run of fixtures they have had to start with, but that have done well, so all credit to them.
"They have looked competitive in all the games, picked up some great games, so it is going to be a tough match. They have an extensive squad of players; they have invested heavily and it going to be a tough test.
"They have got good quality. This season they have started well and they will be pleased with where they have got to so far and will be looking at the next run of fixtures, hoping to build on that.
"Any team that I have had, have tended to do well [at The City Ground], but this will be one of the sternest tests we have had. Sometimes you get places where you tend to be fortunate and get results and there are other places where you find it really difficult to pick up results, but I don’t think that is going to have any impact on this game whatsoever.
"We are going to have to play very well to make sure we get anything from the game, but it a place that I look forward to going – it is a great pitch and the fans there are good as well, so it is a good place to play football."


Geoff Eltringham will be the man in the middle when Forest face Preston tomorrow.

He has taken charge of four games this season, showing eight yellow cards. Eltringham officiated two of Forest's games last season, the 2-2 draw with Wigan as well as the controversial 1-1 draw at Leeds in October.

Ticket News

Tickets: Preston North End (H)

31 August 2019

Ticket news

Tickets are very limited for Saturday's game, but there is still some availability.

Click here for full ticket information.


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.

Other fixtures

To be played at 3pm on Saturday unless otherwise stated:

Cardiff vs Fulham (Friday, 7.45pm)
Bristol City vs Middlesbrough (12.30pm)
Birmingham vs Stoke
Brentford vs Derby
Leeds vs Swansea
Luton vs Huddersfield
Millwall vs Hull
Reading vs Charlton
Sheffield Wednesday vs QPR
West Brom vs Blackburn
Wigan vs Barnsley

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Match Reports

Forest 1-1 Preston

31 August 2019

Albert Adomah came off the bench to score a second-half equaliser as Nottingham Forest were held 1-1 by Preston North End this afternoon.

Billy Bodin put the visitors into a deserved first-half lead but a much-improved display from The Reds in the second half saw them draw level as substitutes Joao Carvalho and Adomah linked up for the leveller.

Sabri Lamouchi made one change to the side which defeated Fulham last weekend, with Alfa Semedo coming into the midfield in place of Samba Sow.

After winning their last two games, it was a sluggish start from Forest who were not firing on all cylinders. Preston were frustrating Forest as they didn’t let The Reds get into their usual rhythm, slowing the game down to try and control the match.

Their plan was working as Preston dominated the ball and created the best openings of the first half. Billy Bodin was denied by a smart stop by Brice Samba, with the keeper denying Josh Harrop less than a minute later, but on 40 minutes Bodin got the better of Samba to give North End the lead.

A spell of pressure from the visitors saw the ball fall to Bodin in the area, he twisted and turned before firing low past Samba. It could have been two moments later as Harrop glanced a header wide on the stroke of half-time when well placed in the middle.

Behind at the break, Forest needed to up their game and they came out in the second half on front foot. Samba Sow was introduced from the substitutes’ bench and he had an immediate impact, seeing a shot blocked within two minutes and going on a cople of driving runs forward.

On 52 minutes Forest’s best chance of the game fell to Lewis Grabban. Some good play between Sammy Ameobi and Sow saw the ball fall to Grabban who curled an effort towards the top corner but over Declan Rudd’s crossbar.

Joao Carvalho and Albert Adomah were both introduced from the bench and the pair had a big impact on the game as Forest drew level on 79 minutes.

Carvalho played a fine ball straight through the stubborn Preston defence to find Adomah running on to it who calmly fired beyond Rudd as The Reds continued to press forward.

There was only one team looking like getting all three points as it was Forest who drove forward with the visitors settling for their point, but The Reds couldn’t find a way through as the game ended in a draw.

Forest: Samba, Jenkinson, Worrall, Dawson (c), Robinson, Watson (Carvalho 68’), Semedo (Sow 46’), Silva, Ameobi (Adomah 77’), Lolley, Grabban

Unused subs: Muric, Cash, Mir, Chema

Goal: Adomah 79’

Bookings: Grabban 70’, Silva 74’, Sow 83’, Jenkinson 90’

Preston: Rudd, Browne, Bauer, Davies, Rafferty, Pearson, Gallagher (c) (Ledson 66’), Potts, Johnson, Harrop, Bodin (Stockley 65’)

Unused subs: Ripley, Bayliss, Storey, Ginnelly, Green

Goal: Bodin 40’

Booking: Harrop 50’

Referee: Geoff Eltringham

Attendance: 27,249 (1,610 away)

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Ticket News

Tickets: Preston North End (H)

31 August 2019

Nottingham Forest will try and end the month of August in style when they entertain Preston North End at The City Ground on Saturday 31st August (kick-off 3pm).

Sabri Lamouchi’s charges have produced two stunning displays in the past four days, beating highly-fancied Fulham 2-1 on their own turf before stunning Derby County with a three-goal salvo on Tuesday night to progress into round three of the Carabao Cup.

The Reds have already picked up eight points in the Sky Bet Championship and will be aiming to move into the top six ahead of the international break with a win over Alex Neil's side.

Tickets are now on general sale and The City Ground is expected to be buzzing as Forest look to achieve back-to-back league wins and extend the unbeaten run. 

Adult prices for this weekend’s fixture start from just £25, whilst 4-11 year olds can attend from just £5. For full pricing information, please see below:


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

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 £45 (+VAT) per person for full paying adult season card holders and from £32.50 (+VAT) per person for under 16s.

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


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.

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