A place in the third round of the Capital One Cup is up for grabs as Nottingham Forest host Millwall at The City Ground on Wednesday night (kick-off 7.45pm).The Reds are still unbeaten in all competitions this season and will be hoping to bring their good form into this match against Steve Lomas’ struggling side.
A 3-1 win over Hartlepool United in the first round set up this tie and Forest will be hoping to secure a place in the third round where they could face the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal.
Billy Davies could make a number of changes to his Forest side for the cup clash. Jamie Paterson, Ishmael Miller and Matt Derbyshire, who all came off the bench at the weekend, will be pushing for a place in the starting line-up while Simon Cox and Darius Henderson could be in line for a return after injury.
Striker Steve Morison will be absent for the visitors after undergoing surgery on a sportsman’s hernia - Scott McDonald his likely replacement. James Henry and Jermaine Easter also look doubtful after missing Saturday’s draw at Sheffield Wednesday but Liam Trotter could make his first appearance of the season on his return from a knee injury.
Andy Reid’s early strike helped The Reds to a 1-1 draw at Watford on Sunday and maintained his side’s unbeaten start to the season. After three wins from four in the Championship, Forest sit top of the table and still hold a 100 per cent record at home in all competitions this season.
Motherwell (A)* – Drew 1-1
Huddersfield (H) – Won 1-0
Hartlepool (H)** – Won 3-1
Blackburn (A) – Won 1-0
Bolton (H) – Won 3-0
Watford (A) – Drew 1-1
Millwall picked up their first league point of the season on Saturday as Andy Keogh’s late penalty secured a 2-2 draw at Sheffield Wednesday. After three straight league defeats, Saturday’s result was welcome relief for The Lions and they will be hoping to ease the pressure on manager Steve Lomas with another good result at The City Ground.
Rayo Vallecano (H)* – Won 1-0
Yeovil (H) – Lost 1-0
AFC Wimbledon (H)** – Won 2-1
Ipswich (A) – Lost 3-0
Huddersfield (H) – Lost 1-0
Sheffield Wednesday (A) – Drew 2-2
**Capital One Cup
Down The Years
Forest wins over Millwall: 19 (18 League, 1 FA Cup)
Millwall wins over Forest: 22 (19 League, 1 FA Cup, 2 League Cup)
Draws: 18 (17 League, 1 League Cup)
The two sides last met at the end of April as Greg Halford’s early header gave The Reds a 1-0 win at The New Den to keep Forest’s playoff hopes alive.
That result was revenge for the 4-1 defeat Millwall inflicted upon Forest on their last visit to The City Ground back in November. Darius Henderson was on the scoresheet that night for the South London side while Billy Sharp grabbed Forest’s only goal of the game.
Our last League Cup meeting with Millwall was on 30 November 1994 when The Lions ran out comfortable 2-0 winners at The City Ground in a fourth round tie.
He Played For Both
Teddy Sheringham began his senior career at Millwall in 1982, before going on to score 111 goals in 262 appearances for The Lions. He was top scorer for the South London club for four seasons and helped them reach the old First Division in 1987-88.
Sheringham’s successful time at Millwall helped him secure a £2million move to Forest in 1991. A year-long spell at The City Ground saw him score 23 goals in 62 appearances before he moved on to Tottenham Hotspur for £2.1million in 1992.
Referee: Mark Heywood
Assistant Referees: Declan Ford and Richard Wigglesworth
Fourth Official: Neil Radford
The Reds are strong favourites to progress to the next round. A Forest win after 90 minutes is priced at 4/5 with Sky Bet, while a draw is 13/5.
66/1 is being offered for a repeat of the first round win over Hartlepool, with Radi Majewski scoring the opening goal in a 3-1 win.
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 Wednesday's meeting with Millwall.
In this edition, priced £2, Fawaz Al-Hasawi and Billy Davies give their latest thoughts and fans also look back on some past meetings between Forest and Millwall.
The official matchday magazine can also be downloaded onto iPhone or iPad. Perfect for supporters who are unable to attend the game, the download can be accessed via this app from 6.45pm onwards on Wednesday.
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 Thursday, as well as all the reaction from the Forest camp.
Tickets for the match (Wednesday 28 August, kick-off 7.45pm) 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).