Nottingham Forest face another difficult away trip in the Sky Bet Championship as they travel to FA Cup-holders Wigan Athletic on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).The Reds retook their place at the top of the table with last Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Watford and will be looking to cement their position with three points at The DW Stadium.
Forest have only beaten Wigan once in five attempts and will be looking to get one back on The Latics after their 4-1 Capital One Cup win at The City Ground last season.
Billy Davies made eleven changes to his side for the Capital One Cup win over Millwall and most of the first-team players who sat out of the cup game are expected to return to the side.
Simon Cox played an hour in the win over The Lions and could feature against Wigan, while Darius Henderson continues to recover from a knock he picked up in training.
Wigan manager Owen Coyle expects Saturday to come too soon for striker Grant Holt, who suffered a knee injury in the draw with Middlesbrough, so Marc-Antoine Fortune could again take his place.
Shaun Maloney is being rated as ‘touch-and-go’ for the game but fellow midfielder Callum McManaman will definitely miss out as he serves the final match of a suspension for his red card at Bournemouth.
Forest kept up their unbeaten start to the Championship season with a draw at Watford in their last league outing and now sit top of the table on goal difference.
Wednesday’s 2-1 extra-time win over Millwall saw The Reds move into the third round of the Capital One Cup to set up an away tie at Burnley and manager Davies will be hopeful his side can continue their excellent form at The DW Stadium this Saturday.
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 (H) ** - Won 2-1
Owen Coyle’s Wigan started the season with a bang, thumping Barnsley 4-0 away from home to confirm their intentions of being promotion contenders.
But after their Community Shield defeat to Manchester United at Wembley, The Latics’ league form has dipped and they have only taken one point from their last three games.
A narrow loss at newly-promoted Bournemouth gave Wigan a jolt while Coyle will have been disappointed to see his side only draw their last two matches at home to Doncaster and Middlesbrough.
Dundee United (H)* - Lost 1-0
Barnsley (A) - Won 4-0
Manchester United (N) *** - Lost 2-0
Bournemouth (A) – Lost 1-0
Doncaster (H) – Drew 2-2
Middlesbrough (H) – Drew 2-2
**Capital One Cup
*** Community Shield
Down The Years
Forest wins over Wigan: 1 (1 League)
Wigan wins over Forest: 1 (1 League Cup)
Draws: 3 (3 League)
The last meeting between the two sides came in last season’s Capital One Cup second round when Wigan ran out comfortable 4-1 winners at The City Ground.
First half goals from Mauro Boselli, Maynor Figueroa and Jordi Gomez eased The Latics into a 3-0 lead before Cox’s stunning effort reduced the arrears.
But despite having Antolin Alcaraz sent off, Wigan were able to put gloss on the scoreline thanks to McManaman’s effort in the final minute.
The last meeting at The DW Stadium ended 1-1 as Gareth Taylor’s second-half strike cancelled out Lee McCulloch’s opener for Wigan in 2004.
He Played For Both
Breckin joined Wigan Athletic from Chesterfield in June 2002 and made his debut for The Latics in a 2-0 home win over Bristol City. After helping them win promotion to the old Division One in his first season, Breckin went on to make 105 appearances for the club before leaving for Forest in July 2005.
The central defender, who cost Forest £350,000, made his debut at The City Ground in a 2-1 win over Huddersfield and helped The Reds back into the Championship in the 2007-08 season under Colin Calderwood. Breckin made 161 Forest outings in a four-year stay, scoring 14 goals in the process, before returning to Chesterfield in July 2009.
Referee: Craig Pawson
Assistant Referees: Robert Jones and Anthony Tankard
Fourth Official: Stephen Bratt
Forest are 21/10 at Sky Bet to take all three points with the draw priced at 12/5.
Andy Reid fired in the opener at Watford last weekend and he is 14/1 to repeat the trick at The DW Stadium on Saturday.
A full range of scorecasts and first goalscorers are available, including Ishmael Miller to be the last goalscorer which is priced at 10/1.
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(All odds correct at time of publishing)
Tickets and Travel
There are only 50 tickets remaining for this fixture. Tickets will remain on sale at the Forest Ticket Office and via the booking line until 5pm on Friday 30 August.
Should any supporters be unable to collect any pre-paid tickets from the Forest Ticket Office, collections will be available on the day from the visitors’ collections window (number nine) at the main Ticket Office (situated at the north west corner of The DW Stadium).
Coach is priced at £14 and will depart The Brian Clough Stand car park at 10.30am
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 12noon on Sunday, as well as all the reaction from the Forest camp.