Nottingham Forest will be looking to keep in touch with the leaders when they welcome AFC Bournemouth to The City Ground on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).Forest are unbeaten in their last six league matches and picked up a superb 3-1 victory at Brighton and Hove Albion before the international break.
The Reds have only won one of their last six meetings with The Cherries but Billy Davies will hope that his side’s excellent home form will help to change that statistic.
Defender Kelvin Wilson is still being rated ‘touch and go’ to recover from the back injury he picked up against Middlesbrough last month. Danny Collins has performed admirably in his absence and recently spoke of his desire to keep his place in the starting 11.
While Wilson’s inclusion remains in the balance, The Reds will definitely be missing the services of right back Eric Lichaj. The American, who has played every minute of Forest’s Championship campaign thus far, picked up his fifth booking at Brighton to earn a one-match ban. That is likely to open the door for Gonzalo Jara Reyes to make his first league appearance of the season after he helped his native Chile to World Cup qualification in midweek.
Chelsea loanee Nathaniel Chalobah is also banned after being sent off at The Amex. He performed well in England Under 21s’ emphatic win over Lithuania earlier this week and will be hoping to reclaim his place in Forest’s line-up for the trip to Yeovil next Saturday.
One man who could step into Chalobah’s place is Guy Moussi who, along with Jamie Paterson and Radoslaw Majewski, was struggling before the break.
Bournemouth will be without two of their senior goalkeepers. Ryan Allsop is suspended and Darryl Flahavan is recovering from a tear in his quadriceps. On-loan West Ham keeper Stephen Henderson will step in.
The Cherries also look set to be without Charlie Daniels (heel) and Matt Ritchie (thigh).
The Reds head into this clash after an eye-catching 3-1 win at Brighton a fortnight ago. Two goals from Henri Lansbury and a Darius Henderson strike secured all three points at The Amex Stadium.
That result means Forest go into Saturday’s match unbeaten in six games. They currently sit 4th in the Sky Bet Championship, four points behind leaders Burnley.
Middlesbrough (H) – Drew 2-2
Doncaster (A) – Drew 2-2
Burnley (A)* – Lost 2-1
Derby (H) – Won 1-0
Charlton (A) – Drew 1-1
Brighton (A) - Won 3-1
*Capital One Cup
Bournemouth arrive at The City Ground buoyed by a morale-boosting 5-2 win over Millwall a fortnight ago.
That victory brought to an end a run of three league games without a win and fired The Cherries up to 8th in the table, above the likes of Blackburn, Derby and Ipswich.
Despite that lofty position, Eddie Howe’s side haven’t travelled well this season. Their only win on the road so far has been a 1-0 success at Doncaster, while they have been thumped 6-1 and 5-1 at Watford and Huddersfield respectively.
Blackpool (H) – Lost 2-1
Barnsley (H) – Won 1-0
Middlesbrough (A) – Drew 3-3
Blackburn (H) – Lost 3-1
Leeds (A) – Lost 2-1
Millwall (H) – Won 5-2
Down The Years
Forest wins over Bournemouth: 4 (4 League)
Bournemouth wins over Forest: 3 (3 League)
Draws: 3 (3 League)
The Reds were beaten 2-0 by Bournemouth in the last meeting between the sides as a Sam Vokes brace inspired The Cherries to a 2-0 win at The Fitness First Stadium.
The last City Ground meeting came in August 2007 as the sides, then in League One, played out a goalless draw. Forest’s team that day included the likes of Wes Morgan, Kris Commons and Neil Lennon, while The Cherries boasted Darren Anderton in their starting line-up.
He Played For Both
McGoldrick scored six goals in 12 games for The Cherries while on loan from Southampton in 2007.
He then moved to Forest in June 2009 for £1million and went on to enjoy four years on Trentside, scoring nine goals in the process. His highlight came in April 2011 as his goals secured a 2-0 win over Burnley at The City Ground.
Referee: Philip Gibbs
Assistant Referees: David Benton and Mark Griffiths
Fourth Official: Mark Howes
Forest are strong favourites to take all three points and can be backed at 8/13, while the draw is an outside bet at 14/5.
Lansbury scored twice in the 3-1 win at Brighton and supporters can back him to do the same against The Cherries at 33/1.
The Reds’ last win over Bournemouth came in the form of a 3-0 victory in 2007, and 12/1 is being offered for a repeat 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 Bournemouth.
For more information on this weekend’s edition, which includes a special team photograph pull-out, click here.
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 12pm on Sunday, as well as all the reaction from the Forest camp.
Tickets for the match (Saturday 19 October, 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).