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19 December 2013

Nottingham Forest head to Birmingham City on Saturday in search of back-to-back away wins (kick-off 3pm).

Simon Cox’s goal gave The Reds a 1-0 victory at Sheffield Wednesday in their last game on the road and they will be aiming for another three-point haul at St Andrew’s.

To do that, they will need to break a trend which has only seen them win one of their last ten meetings with The Blues.

Team News

David Vaughan is pushing for a return to the Nottingham Forest squad after just over a month out with a hamstring injury.
 
Darius Henderson came off the bench in last Saturday's draw with Ipswich but is still not fully fit, while Danny Collins has stepped up his training this week although the trip to St Andrew's might come too soon for him to be in contention.
 
Chris Cohen, Dexter Blackstock and Kelvin Wilson all remain long term absentees.

Birmingham have a number of injury problems ahead of the game and look set to be missing the duo of Lee Novak and Mitch Hancox with knee injuries.

The pair join Jonathan Spector, David Murphy, Akwasi Asante, Neal Eardley and Matt Green on the treatment table.

Current Form

Saturday’s goalless draw with Ipswich stretched Forest’s unbeaten run to three games, but the result also saw them slip out of the Championship’s top six.

The Reds’ form on the road has generally been good, taking ten points from their last five away matches, and they know they must continue that good form if they are to climb back into the playoff places.

Leicester (A) – Won 2-0
Burnley (H) – Drew 1-1
Reading (H) – Lost 3-2
Millwall (A) – Drew 2-2
Sheffield Wednesday (A) – Won 1-0
Ipswich (H) – Drew 0-0



Lee Clark has moulded his Birmingham side into a difficult one to beat. They have not tasted defeat since their 1-0 home defeat to Charlton back on 2 November.

They have, however, struggled to pick up three points at St Andrew’s, having not won on their own turf since a 4-0 win over Millwall on 1 October.

The Blues have picked up 12 points from their last possible 18 and their good run has seen them pull away from the relegation zone and up to 15th.

Huddersfield (A) – Won 3-1
Blackpool (H) – Drew 1-1
Barnsley (A) – Won 3-0
Doncaster (H) – Drew 1-1
Middlesbrough (H) – Drew 2-2
Bournemouth (A) – Won 2-0

Down The Years

Forest wins over Birmingham: 38 (34 League, 2 League Cup, 2 FA Cup)
Birmingham wins over Forest: 36 (31 League, 2 League Cup, 3 FA Cup)
Draws: 30 (25 League, 1 League Cup, 4 FA Cup)

Last Meeting

The last meeting between the two sides came in Feburary as Alex McLeish’s Forest side were beaten 2-1 at St Andrew’s.

A brace from Blues winger Chris Burke was enough to give the home side the win despite Billy Sharp’s late consolation from the penalty spot.

The result left Forest 11th in the Championship and six points adrift of Middlesbrough in the final playoff spot.

He Played For Both

Matt Derbyshire

Derbyshire joined Birmingham on loan from Olympiacos in August 2010 after failing to break into the first team with the Greek champions. He spent a season on loan at St Andrew’s during The Blues’ time in the Premier League and made 20 appearances for the club, scoring three goals.

He then signed for Forest in the summer of 2011 and scored his first Reds goal in a 3-2 defeat at Southampton in September of that year. The 27 year old has made 31 outings for Forest and has scored six times.

Officials

Referee: Robert Madley
Assistant Referees: Simon Beck and Andrew Halliday
Fourth Official: Stuart Attwell

Betting

Forest are the slight favourites at 11/8 to take the win at Birmingham, with the draw priced 12/5.

Simon Cox has been in a rich vein of goalscoring form and can be backed at 11/2 to score the first goal at St Andrew’s, as he did at Sheffield Wednesday two weeks ago.

For supporters who fancy a repeat of our 2-1 win at St Andrew’s in 2012 there are odds of 17/2, while those looking for an outsider can back Henri Lansbury to score first in a 3-2 Forest win at 200/1.

Click here to see all the latest odds at Sky Bet.
(All odds correct at time of publishing)

Tickets and Travel

Forest have sold their full allocation of 3,650 tickets for this fixture.

Coach travel is priced £12 and will depart The Brian Clough Stand car park at 11.30am.

For supporters looking to travel to the match by rail, Forest benefit from every train ticket booked with East Midlands Trains via the official Nottingham Forest website.

On Saturday, the 12.10pm service from Nottingham arrives into Birmingham Moor Street at 1.40pm, which gives supporters time to make the short journey over to St Andrew’s.

For a full schedule of trains to Birmingham and for the best prices visit East Midlands Trains.

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.

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