Nottingham Forest are aiming for back-to-back victories as in-form Ipswich Town come to The City Ground on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).The Reds moved 5th in the table thanks to Saturday’s 1-0 at Sheffield Wednesday and three points against The Tractor Boys would keep them hot on the heels of the league leaders.
The last four City Ground meetings between the sides have ended in Forest wins but the Suffolk side will provide a substantial test under the guidance of experienced boss Mick McCarthy.
Dexter Blackstock was the latest name to be added to The Reds’ injury list after he was ruled out for the season with a knee injury he sustained in training with loan club Leeds United.
Nottinghamforest.co.uk will tomorrow have updates from the manager on the likes of David Vaughan, Danny Collins and Darius Henderson.
Paul Taylor and former Red Paul Anderson have been suffering from a virus and may not be available for Saturday's game. Otherwise, Town manager Mick McCarthy will have a fully-fit squad to choose from including former Forest players Luke Chambers and David McGoldrick.
The Reds hope to build on Saturday’s win at Sheffield Wednesday courtesy of Simon Cox’s goal – his fourth in five matches - three minutes into the second half.
Despite a good recent away record, Forest have not won at The City Ground since September’s victory over Derby County.
Three points against Ipswich could see The Reds close the gap on the league leaders to just five points.
Blackpool (H) – Lost 1-0
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 have lost just one of their last seven league matches, a 2-1 defeat at home to Leicester City, and a last-minute winner from David McGoldrick on Saturday gave them the win over Huddersfield Town by the same scoreline.
Their impressive recent record has seen them climb to 9th in the Championship table and The Tractor Boys currently sit just two points adrift of the playoff places.
Mick McCarthy’s side have a good away record this season and have recently taken wins from trips to Charlton Athletic and Blackpool.
Barnsley (H) – Drew 1-1
Blackpool (A) – Won 3-2
Leicester (H) – Lost 2-1
Charlton (A) – Won 1-0
Blackburn (H) – Won 3-1
Huddersfield (H) – Won 2-1
Down The Years
Forest wins over Ipswich: 34 (31 League, 1 League Cup, 2 FA Cup)
Ipswich wins over Forest: 19 (18 League, 1 FA Cup)
Draws: 14 (13 League, 1 FA Cup)
The last meeting between the two sides came at The City Ground in March as a late Lewis McGugan goal gave Forest the spoils against nine-man Ipswich.
Lee Martin and Richard Stearman had both seen red for The Tractor Boys but it appeared The Reds wouldn’t be able to break down their stubborn rearguard.
But with six minutes to play, McGugan’s shot deflected into the back of the Ipswich net to hand Billy Davies’ side their fourth win on the bounce.
He Played For Both
David Johnson spent over three years at Portman Road after joining from Bury for £1.1million in November 1997. The striker scored seven goals in his first nine matches for The Tractor Boys and went on to score a total of 62 times in 165 appearances for the club.
The success he enjoyed in Suffolk would lead to Johnson joining Forest for £3million in January 2001. After scoring his first Reds goal in a 3-1 win over Grimsby, Johnson went on to score 50 goals in a five-year stay on Trentside.
Referee: Scott Mathieson
Assistant Referees: Neil Hair and Ricky Wootton
Fourth Official: Christopher Sarginson
Forest are the 5/6 favourites to take all three points against Ipswich, with the draw priced 5/2.
The Reds were 1-0 winners in their last meeting with The Tractor Boys and there are odds of 13/2 on a repeat of that scoreline this weekend.
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 Ipswich.
In this edition, priced £3, Billy Davies talks about the win at Sheffield Wednesday, Eric Lichaj discusses his World Cup ambitions and Darius Henderson speaks about his recovery from injury.
Forest 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 14 December, 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).
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