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Watford Preview

22 August 2013

The top two in the Sky Bet Championship go head-to-head at Vicarage Road on Sunday as Nottingham Forest travel to face Watford (kick-off 1.15pm).

The Reds currently sit top of the tree after last weekend’s 3-0 win over Bolton Wanderers, a result which left them as the only side in the Championship still with a 100% record.

Forest will head to Hertfordshire looking to avenge last season’s 2-0 defeat on the same ground as they look to continue their blistering start to the campaign.

Team News

Darius Henderson and Simon Cox are recovering well from their respective injuries and could present Billy Davies with some big decisions ahead of the match.

Watford defender Joel Ekstrand could be missing after picking up a knock in the draw at Reading last weekend - Reece Brown his most likely replacement.

Defenders Tommie Hoban and Nyron Nosworthy are long-term absentees but Marco Cassetti could return after missing the game at The Madejski Stadium.

Current Form

Forest maintained their 100% start to the Championship season with a 3-0 win over Bolton at The City Ground and now sit two points clear of Watford at the top of the division.



Goals from Jamie Mackie, Andy Reid and Henri Lansbury were enough to brush The Trotters aside and keep up The Reds’ impressive start to the season both in league and cup competitions.

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 (H) - Won 3-0

After an unbeaten pre-season campaign, Gianfranco Zola’s side have yet to be defeated in either the Championship or the Capital One Cup so far this season.

Diego Fabbrini’s 90th-minute equaliser secured a 3-3 draw at Reading last weekend and, combined with wins over Birmingham and Bournemouth, The Hornets head into the match with a sting in their tail.

Grenada CF (H)* - Won 2-0
Boreham Wood (A)* - Won 6-1
Birmingham (A) - Won 1-0
Bristol Rovers (A)** - Won 3-1
Bournemouth (H) - Won 6-1
Reading (A) - Drew 3-3

**Capital One Cup
*Friendly

Down The Years

Forest wins over Watford: 16 (13 League, 1 FA Cup, 2 League Cup)
Watford wins over Forest: 14 (12 League, 1 FA Cup, 1 League Cup)
Draws: 16 (13 League, 2 FA Cup, 1 League Cup)

Last Meeting

Watford completed the double over Nottingham Forest and kept up their hunt for automatic promotion with an impressive 3-0 win at The City Ground in January.

First-half strikes from Matej Vydra and Troy Deeney gave The Hornets a comfortable half-time lead before the former struck again 18 minutes from time to seal the victory for Zola’s men.

The defeat left Forest six points adrift of a playoff place and was Alex McLeish’s last home game in charge of The Reds.

Saturday’s game will also give Forest the opportunity to avenge the 2-0 defeat they suffered at Vicarage Road last season as Vydra’s first-half brace gave The Hornets a routine win, a victory aided by Daniel Ayala’s dismissal.
    

He Played For Both

Lewis McGugan

A product of Nottingham Forest’s youth system, McGugan made his debut for The Reds in October 2006 and went on to make 230 appearances for the club, scoring 44 goals.

He scored a spectacular goal for Forest at Vicarage Road in November 2010 and, upon the expiration of his Forest contract this summer, decided that Hertfordshire was the best place to further his progression.

Officials

Referee: Oliver Langford
Assistant Referees: Carl Fitch and Stephen Bratt
Fourth Official: Roger Wiseman

Betting

Forest are priced at 23/10 to beat Watford at Sky Bet, with the draw 13/5.

Henri Lansbury is The Reds’ top goalscorer this season (two goals) and he is priced at 5/1 (any time) and 14/1 (first goalscorer) to score on Saturday.

A 1-0 win for Forest is 10/1, while Jamie Mackie to score first in a 1-0 win is priced at 50/1.

Check out all of the latest odds on Sky Bet.
(All odds correct at time of publishing)

Tickets and Travel

There are around 450 away tickets remaining for this fixture. Tickets will remain on sale at the Forest Ticket Office and via the booking line until 6pm on Friday 23 August.

Should any supporters be unable to collect any pre-paid tickets from the Forest Ticket Office, a limited number of collections will be available on the day from the collections window next to the away turnstiles at Vicarage Road.

Coach travel will depart The Brian Clough Stand car park at 9:00am and is priced at £14.

Follow The Game

Live audio commentary will be available on Forest Player, as well as free live text commentary.

Forest Player will also have extended match highlights from 12pm on Monday, as well as all the reaction from the Forest camp.


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