Another tough Championship test awaits Nottingham Forest when fellow promotion hopefuls Blackpool visit The City Ground on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).The Reds suffered only their second league defeat of the season at Yeovil last weekend and Billy Davies’ men will be eager to get back on track.
The last three meetings between the sides have all ended in draws but Forest will hope to come out on top in what is sure to be another close encounter on Trentside.
Forest will be able to call on the services of David Vaughan after the midfielder completed a loan switch from Sunderland this morning.
The Reds boss must also decide whether to hand another start to 19 year old defender Jamaal Lascelles and versatile Chilean Gonzalo Jara after the pair impressed in the defeat at Huish Park.
Blackpool will be without the services of their on-loan Liverpool defender Jack Robinson after he was sent off in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Blackburn Rovers.
The Seasiders will also assess the fitness of defender Craig Cathcart after he missed the game against Blackburn with a knee injury, but Bradley Orr could return to the side after being ineligible to face his parent club last weekend.
The Reds will be aiming to bounce back from a disappointing 3-1 reverse at Yeovil last time out, only their second league loss of the season.
Nathaniel Chalobah’s goal shortly before half-time was not enough to prevent Forest from losing. The Reds now sit 6th in the Sky Bet Championship but only a point behind Saturday’s visitors.
Burnley (A)* – Lost 2-1
Derby (H) – Won 1-0
Charlton (A) – Drew 1-1
Brighton (A) - Won 3-1
Bournemouth (H) – Drew 1-1
Yeovil (A) – Lost 3-1
*Capital One Cup
Blackpool have won just one of their last seven league matches, a 1-0 win at home to Wigan Athletic, and they were cruelly robbed of two points last time out as Blackburn stole a last-minute equaliser courtesy of an own goal at Bloomfield Road.
Although they will arrive at The City Ground frustrated by their lack of victories, The Tangerines have only been beaten once this season.
Their only away wins of the campaign have come at newly-promoted Doncaster (3-1) and Bournemouth (2-1).
Leicester (H) – Drew 2-2
Huddersfield (A) – Drew 1-1
Bolton (H) – Drew 0-0
Charlton (A) – Drew 0-0
Wigan (H) – Won 1-0
Blackburn (H) – Drew 2-2
Down The Years
Forest wins over Blackpool: 29 (29 League)
Blackpool wins over Forest: 26 (26 League)
Draws: 25 (25 League)
The last meeting between the two sides came at The City Ground in April as they shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw.
Ludovic Sylvestre opened the scoring for The Seasiders in the first half and our former loanee Isaiah Osbourne saw red just after the interval.
The Reds used their man advantage to good effect as Lewis McGugan levelled from the penalty spot with nine minutes to play, but they were unable to find the crucial winner and remained 5th in the Championship.
He Played For Both
Nathan Tyson spent nearly six years on Trentside after making a successful loan spell from Wycombe permanent in 2006. The striker made over 200 appearances in a Forest shirt and scored 42 goals before switching to Derby County on a free transfer in 2011.
Following a short spell at Millwall, Tyson joined Blackpool in September on a free transfer from Pride Park. He has made four appearances from the bench so far this season and can be expected to play some part at The City Ground on Saturday.
Referee: Michael Naylor
Assistant Referees: Christopher Akers and Iain Siddall
Fourth Official: Daniel Meeson
Forest are slight favourites to take all three points on Saturday and can be backed at 5/6, while the draw is an outside bet at 5/2.
Nathaniel Chalobah scored his first goal in Forest colours at Yeovil last weekend and supporters can get odds of 9/2 on him netting against Blackpool.
The Reds’ last win over The Seasiders at The City Ground came in 1977 (3-0) and 14/1 is being offered on a repeat score line this time around.
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 Blackpool.
In this edition, priced £3, Billy Davies talks about responding to the Yeovil defeat, Jamaal Lascelles talks about his recent development and Gonzalo Jara discusses his World Cup 2014 dreams.
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 11am 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 12noon on Sunday, as well as all the reaction from the Forest camp.
Tickets for the match 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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