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22 October 2012

Nottingham Forest will be looking for their third successive Championship win when they face Blackpool at Bloomfield Road on Tuesday (kick-off 8pm).

The Reds followed up their pre-international break win over Peterborough by beating top-of-the-table Cardiff 3-1 at The City Ground on Saturday.

It represented their most convincing win of the season so far and boss Sean O’Driscoll will hope they can continue in a similar vein on the Fylde coast.

In contrast, Blackpool have been beaten in their last outings – at home to Charlton and at North West rivals Burnley on Saturday.

They are dealing with on-going speculation surrounding Ian Holloway, who is reportedly wanted by Blackburn to fill their managerial vacancy.  

Forest welcome back one player from suspension just as another starts an enforced lay-off.

Midfielder Adlene Guedioura must serve a two-match ban after being sent-off – for the second time this season – against Cardiff after collecting two yellow cards.

But Sean O’Driscoll is boosted by the return to availability of striker Dexter Blackstock, who has completed the three-match suspension he received for his red card against Derby last month.

Jermaine Jenas is likely to come back into consideration after O’Driscoll decided not to risk him against Cardiff after a back injury had restricted his training.

Henri Lansbury (hamstring) and Sam Hutchinson (knee) are expected to again be missing.

Blackpool have doubts surrounding defender Craig Cathcart, who picked up what is believed to be a calf injury in the warm-up ahead of their game at Burnley.

Forest - 19th
Blackpool – 5th (lost to West Ham in the play-off final)
  
ANDY REID
By his own admission Andy Reid didn’t exactly have the happiest of times as a Blackpool player.

The Republic of Ireland international joined The Seasiders on a six-month deal in January 2011 as Ian Holloway’s men were battling to stay in the Premier League.

But Reid made only five league appearances for Blackpool, who were ultimately relegated, and looks back on his time on the Fylde coast with little affection.

After being released by Blackpool, the 30 year old re-joined Forest – the club where he started his career.

And although at times he struggled to make an impact at The City Ground last season, he has rolled back the years so far this term and re-established himself as a key figure.

The former Spurs, Charlton and Sunderland man is also in a rich vein of goal-scoring form, having bagged spectacular goals in Forest’s last two outings.

He scored the winner against Peterborough and then set The Reds on the way to victory over Cardiff with the opening goal. 

Forest wins over Blackpool: 29 (29 league)
Blackpool wins over Forest: 26 (24 league, 2 cup)
Draws: 23 (23 league)  

Referee: Eddie Ilderton
Assistant Referees: Gary Hilton and Kevin Mattocks
Fourth Official: Jeremy Simpson

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