Two of the Sky Bet Championship’s promotion contenders clash at The City Ground on Saturday as Nottingham Forest face Bolton Wanderers (kick-off 3pm).Last Saturday’s last-gasp win at Blackburn Rovers kept up The Reds’ 100% start to the league season and they will be looking to make it three wins from three when they come up against The Trotters.
Forest haven’t beaten the Lancashire side in the last eight attempts, a run which stretches back to October 1995, but they will be looking to put that statistic right this weekend.
Billy Davies has no fresh injury concerns and he could name the same side which won at Ewood Park last weekend.
Striker Simon Cox is still out with an ankle problem so Darius Henderson, who scored the winner to cap an impressive performance against Blackburn, is likely to start again up front.
Bolton playmaker Chris Eagles has been declared ‘touch-and-go’ for the game after an ankle injury ruled him out of last weekend’s draw with Reading.
Manager Dougie Freedman is unlikely to risk the former Manchester United man and looks set to name the same side which played against The Royals, meaning Darren Pratley and Chung Yong-Lee should start in midfield.
The Reds go into this game after recording three straight wins at the beginning of the season in all competitions.
It is also the first time Forest have won back-to-back league games at the start of a second tier season since 1997 and a Capital One Cup win over Hartlepool has secured a second round tie against Millwall.
Royal Antwerp (H)* - Drew 2-2
Walsall (A)* - Won 2-1
Motherwell (A)* - Drew 1-1
Huddersfield (H) - Won 1-0
Hartlepool (H)** - Won 3-1
Blackburn (A) - Won 1-0
Bolton have made a steady start to the campaign, recording two draws in the Championship and reaching the second round of the Capital One Cup.
Darren Pratley’s goals ensured Wanderers picked up a point against Burnley and Reading, while a 3-1 win at Shrewsbury in the cup means they face a trip to Tranmere Rovers in the next round.
Shrewsbury* (A) - Drew 3-3
Carlisle United* (A) - Lost 1-0
Real Betis (H)* - Lost 2-0
Burnley (A) - Drew 1-1
Shrewsbury (A) ** - Won 3-1
Reading (H) - Drew 1-1
** Capital One Cup
Down The Years
Forest wins over Bolton: 30 (23 League, 3 FA Cup, 4 League Cup)
Bolton wins over Forest: 31 (29 League, 1 FA Cup, 1 League Cup)
Draws: 23 (20 League, 3 FA Cup)
Last season’s meeting between the two sides was Billy Davies’ first game in charge in his second spell as Forest manager.
A superb second-half strike from Andy Reid had given The Reds the lead before Wanderers substitute Craig Davies popped up to secure an unlikely point for The Trotters.
Bolton full back Marcus Alonso was sent off ten minutes from time but Forest couldn’t make their man advantage count and the spoils were shared at The City Ground.
He Played For Both
Chris Fairclough played over 100 games for hometown club Nottingham Forest between 1981 and 1987, and his impressive form as a reliable centre back helped him earn seven England Under 21 caps.
He moved to Bolton Wanderers from Leeds United in 1995 and went on to make 106 appearances for The Trotters over a three-year stay in Lancashire, before moving back to Nottingham to play for Notts County.
Referee: Mark Haywood
Assistant Referees: Robert Ellis and Edward Smart
Fourth Official: Mark Howes
Forest are 11/10 to beat Bolton on Saturday with the draw priced at 12/5.
A repeat of the 1-0 scoreline at Blackburn is 11/2, while you can back the same result as last season, a 1-1 draw, at 5/1.
Check out all of the latest odds on Sky Bet.
(All odds correct at time of publishing)
The official matchday magazine is available to buy and download for Saturday's meeting with Bolton.
In this edition, priced £3, Fawaz Al Hasawi and Billy Davies both give their thoughts on the start to the season, Simon Gillett reveals his toughest ever opponent and Matt Derbyshire talks about his Forest future.
Fans are reminded that they can download the official matchday magazine to their iPad. Perfect for supporters who are unable to attend the game, the download can be accessed via this app from 2pm onwards on Saturday.
Hard copies will be available from all the usual outlets around The City Ground.
Follow The Game
Live audio commentary will be available on Forest Player, as well as free live text commentary on www.nottinghamforest.co.uk.
Forest Player will also have extended match highlights from 12pm on Sunday, as well as all the reaction from the Forest camp.
Tickets for the match (Saturday 17 August, kick-off 3pm) are on general sale and can be bought online at www.nffcretail.com, in store at the Ticket Office or by calling 0871 226 1980 (calls cost 10p per minute, mobile rates may vary).