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Sheffield Wednesday Preview

5 December 2013

Nottingham Forest are searching for a return to the Championship’s top six as they travel to Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

After twice coming from behind to pick up a 2-2 draw at Millwall on Tuesday night, The Reds will look to back that result up by taking all three points in South Yorkshire.

Forest have won four of the last five meetings between the sides but haven’t won by more than a one-goal margin since August 2002.

Team News

Jamaal Lascelles missed the draw at Millwall through suspension and should return to the side for the trip to Hillsborough.

Darius Henderson was also absent on Tuesday through injury and both he and David Vaughan will be assessed before the game.

Wednesday defender Lewis Buxton sat out the win over Leicester with a groin injury and may not be risked for Saturday’s clash.

Caretaker manager Stuart Gray has no other injuries or suspensions to contend with but Matty Fryatt will not feature after returning to Hull at the end of his loan spell.

Current Form

The Reds are struggling to find form at present and a run of just one win in their last seven games has seen them slide out of the Championship’s top six.

Since the defeat at Yeovil at the end of October, Forest have produced two good results away from home as they beat league leaders Leicester before picking up a useful point at Millwall on Tuesday night.

 

Billy Davies will be looking for a win to carry his team back into the top six as the busy Christmas and New Year period looms large.

Yeovil (A) – Lost 3-1
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 may sit second bottom in the league table but they stunned the leaders Leicester on Tuesday night as Connor Wickham’s brace secured a 2-1 win.

The Owls had suffered three straight defeats before the victory over The Foxes and are now just three points from safety with a game in hand on 21st-placed Charlton.

Dave Jones’ sacking still leaves Wednesday without a permanent manager but a win in this fixture would give the new boss a solid base on which to build.

Barnsley (A) – Drew 1-1
Reading (H) – Won 5-2
Derby (A) – Lost 3-0
Huddersfield (H) – Lost 2-1
Blackpool (A) – Lost 2-0
Leicester (H) – Won 2-1

Down The Years

Forest wins over Sheffield Wednesday: 51 (49 League, 2 FA Cup)
Sheffield Wednesday wins over Forest: 55 (48 League, 1 League Cup, 6 FA Cup)
Draws: 26 (23 League, 3 FA Cup)

Last Meeting

The last meeting between the two sides came in March as The Reds edged to a 1-0 win at Hillsborough to keep themselves in the playoff race.

Radoslaw Majewski’s strike just before the half-hour mark was enough to give Billy Davies’ side all three points and seal their third win in a row.

Majewski, Simon Cox and Dexter Blackstock all had chances to increase the lead but Forest held on to move within four points of the Championship’s playoff places.



He Played For Both

Julian Bennett

Julian Bennett signed for Forest from Walsall in 2006 and helped the club win promotion to the Championship in the 2007-08 season. The defender stayed for over five years on Trentside, making 110 appearances, before signing for Sheffield Wednesday.

Nottingham-born Bennett spent two seasons at Hillsborough but found his first-team appearances limited after The Owls were promoted to the Championship. After making 25 outings for the club, he left on a free transfer to Southend United this summer.

Officials

Referee: Lee Probert
Assistant Referees: David Bryan and Constantine Hatzidakis
Fourth Official: Geoff Eltringham

Betting

Nottingham Forest are the slender 5/4 favourites to take the win at Sheffield Wednesday with the draw being priced at 12/5.

The Reds have been involved in a number of exciting encounters over recent weeks and there are odds of 3/1 on a Forest win with both teams scoring.

For supporters who fancy a repeat of our 1-0 win at Hillsborough from last season there are odds of 7/1 while another entertaining 2-2 draw is priced at a generous 12/1.

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

Tickets and Travel

Nottingham Forest have received an extra allocation of 1,499 tickets for the game, taking the total allocation to 4,567.

The fixture is strictly ALL-TICKET and there will be no tickets available on the day of the game.

Should any supporters be unable to collect any pre-paid tickets from the Forest Ticket Office, then collections will be available on the day from Gate Six situated next to the away turnstiles.

Coach travel will depart The Brian Clough Stand car park at 11.30am and is priced at £11.50.

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

On Saturday, the 12.45pm service from Nottingham arrives in Sheffield at 1.38pm which gives supporters time to make the three mile journey from the station down to Hillsborough.

For a full schedule of trains to Sheffield 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 12noon on Sunday, as well as all the reaction from the Forest camp.

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