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Match preview: Birmingham vs Forest in association with Football Index

31 January 2020

Check out all you need to know ahead of Nottingham Forest's visit to Birmingham City in the match preview, in association with Football Index.

Nottingham Forest could move into the automatic promotion places with victory over Birmingham City at the St Andrew's Trillion Trophy Stadium on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

Sabri Lamouchi's side were outstanding in their 1-0 win at Brentford on Tuesday night but must now back up that superb victory at Griffin Park with another strong performance in the West Midlands.

Birmingham are unbeaten in their last five matches, winning twice and drawing three times, and have caused problems for the likes of Leeds United and West Bromwich Albion in recent weeks.

Team news

New signings Nuno Da Costa and Gaetan Bong are available for selection for Sabri Lamouchi but otherwise there are no injury problems for the Forest head coach after the midweek win at Brentford.

Birmingham's new signing Scott Hogan is expected to be in the matchday squad following his loan move from Aston Villa earlier this week. Dan Crowley and Kerim Mrabti remain out with hamstring problems while Maikel Kieftenbeld continues his return from a long-term knee injury.

Forest thoughts

Head to head

  Forest wins Draws Birmingham wins
League 39 29 35
FA Cup 2 4 3
League Cup 2 1 2

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From the opposition

Birmingham boss Pep Clotet says he is aware of a 'dangerous' Forest side but is confident that his players can impose their own game on The Reds this weekend.

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"I saw them (Forest) live a couple of times since last week, they are obviously one of the most in-form teams in the league, with 14 points in the last six games. It is a team that has been working a lot for the last couple of years to be real contenders for promotion.

"That didn’t come overnight for them. They have a striker (Lewis Grabban) that is making a difference for them, he has scored 16 goals. It is a team that values a lot staying in games, especially away from home where they are one of the ones who has conceded the least goals.

"It makes them very dangerous; they have the mentality of waiting for a mistake and trying to capitalise. If nothing happens make sure they get a point - that's the mentality of the team.

"It forces us to look for excellence to tackle the game and make sure we explore every way possible to secure the three points. They do have weaknesses to exploit and we need to make sure we don’t make mistakes they can use against us."

Tickets and travel

All tickets available to Nottingham Forest fans for this fixture have sold out, with no additional tickets being made available.

Birmingham have provided an away supporters' guide here which may be useful to fans who are travelling to the game on Saturday. 

Referee

Jeremy Simpson from Lancashire will be the man in the middle for Saturday's game. This will be his 19th match of the season, having shown 61 yellow and six red cards in his previous 18.

Simpson officiated in Forest's 2-1 win over Swansea City at The City Ground last season.

Coverage

International subscribers to iFollow Forest will be able to watch the action live, with audio commentary provided by BBC Radio Nottingham also 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:

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

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Match Reports

Birmingham 2-1 Forest

1 February 2020

Nottingham Forest's unbeaten run was brought to an end at St Andrew's as they were beaten 2-1 by Birmingham City.

Tiago Silva's goal had given Forest an early lead but the clear turning point in the game came just before half-time when Lee Camp saved a Lewis Grabban penalty to prevent The Reds from making it a two-goal advantage.
 
Birmingham went up the other end and equalised through new signing Scott Hogan and then grabbed all three points with 15 minutes to play as Kristian Pedersen bundled the ball home from close range to leave Sabri Lamouchi's men disappointed.
 
The Forest head coach was forced into a change from the side that claimed all three points at Brentford during the week. Midfielder Samba Sow was ruled out through injury with Ryan Yates preferred as his replacement while there was a place for the returning Tyler Walker on the bench.
 
Birmingham were a side low on confidence after just one win in nine and it showed in the early stages of the match. As the home side lacked any cutting edge in attack, it was just a matter of time before Forest went it front. 
 
In fact it took just 18 minutes for Silva to break the deadlock. After a flick on from Sammy Ameobi, Joe Lolley powered a header through to Silva who was bearing down on Lee Camp's goal. After pulling the ball back onto his right foot, the Portuguese midfielder cut inside and hammered home from close range with a tidy finish.
 
The hosts did recover somewhat after the early setback but The Reds always looked threatening on the break. Lolley on the right was in particular causing problems while Grabban was hanging around with intent inside The Blues' penalty area.
 
On 40 minutes, Forest's leading scorer had the perfect opportunity to double the visitors' lead from the penalty spot. Camp was penalised for a challenge on Yates inside the area and Grabban was presented with a chance to put some daylight between the sides. Forest's former keeper had other ideas though and made amends by denying Grabban with a strong save to his left-hand side.
 
Forest were made to pay almost instantly. After an overhit cross was nodded back into the path on Hogan, the January signing glanced a header past Brice Samba to level the scores on 42 minutes.
 
The home side finished the first half on top and came out after the break looking for a second and it almost came through Lukas Jutkiewicz. A set-piece from the right was put on a plate for The Blues striker in the six-yard box but he was unable to direct the ball on target.
 
Minutes later, Grabban had a glorious opportunity to make up for his penalty miss. A loose ball found its way to the striker in the hosts' penalty area but his effort shaved the crossbar and the scores remained level.
 
Lamouchi introduced new recruit Adama Diakhaby on the hour mark in replace of Ameobi as his team went in search of a second goal.
 
It was the hosts that continued to push forward though as Jeremie Bela tested Samba after Jude Bellingham pulled the ball back from the right-hand side but the Forest keeper was equal to the test and parried the ball to safety.
 
With 15 minutes left the home side did manage to find a second through defender Kristian Pedersen. Forest failed to clear a corner from the right and after a couple of touches inside the penalty area the ball somehow dribbled over the line to give the hosts' the lead.
 
Now chasing the game, Forest introduced Tyler Walker after his loan recall from Lincoln City and it nearly had the desired effect. A Lolley cross from the left was met by a diving Walker but his header skimmed the post and went wide.
 
As the match entered the closing stages the visitors were throwing bodies forward in search of an equaliser. The Blues' defence however remained solid and they hung on to claim all three points.
 
Forest: Samba; Cash, Worrall, Figueiredo, Ribeiro; Watson (c), Yates (Semedo 70'); Lolley, Silva (Walker 76'), Ameobi (Diakhaby 61'); Grabban
 
Subs not used: Smith, Carvalho, Jenkinson, Dawson
 
Goal: Silva 18'
 
Booking: Ribeiro 88'
 
Birmingham: Camp; Colin, Dean (c), Clarke-Salter, Pedersen; Bela, Gardner, McEachran (Sunjic 61'), Bellingham (Maghoma 79'); Jutkiewicz, Hogan (Roberts 84')
 
Subs not used: Trueman, Harding, Montero, Concannon
 
Goals: Hogan 42', Pedersen 74'
 
Booking: Sunjic 88'
 
Referee: Jeremy Simpson
 
Attendance: 20,837 (2,746 away)

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Ticket News

Birmingham tickets now sold out

31 January 2020

Tickets for Nottingham Forest's trip to Birmingham City are now sold out.

Forest travel to the St. Andrew's Trillion Trophy Stadium on Saturday 1st February (kick-off 3pm) and Reds supporters have snapped up the full allocation of 2,800 tickets.

Please note that no further tickets will be allocated for this fixture.

Official coach travel

Coach travel departs the Brian Clough Stand car park at 12pm and is priced at £18. Subject to availability, supporters can park their vehicles free of charge in the Brian Clough Stand car park.

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