A second away trip in five days awaits Nottingham Forest as they travel to Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday (kick-off 5.30pm).Confidence is high in the Forest camp after last weekend’s win over Derby County was backed up with a point at Charlton Athletic on Tuesday night.
The Reds will be hoping to improve on a poor recent record against Brighton which has seen them win only one of their last seven meetings with The Seagulls.
Billy Davies will assess the fitness of Kelvin Wilson, Jamie Paterson, Guy Moussi and Radi Majewski ahead of this weekend’s clash.
The quartet all missed the draw at Charlton through injury and the Forest boss will hope to have some brighter news on the injury front before Saturday’s trip.
Brighton midfielder Andrea Orlandi will miss the game as he recovers from knee surgery, while strikers Craig Mackail-Smith and Will Hoskins are also long-term absentees.
Leonardo Ulloa picked up a foot injury in the draw with Sheffield Wednesday and is expected to miss up to two months so Ashley Barnes could partner Kazenga LuaLua up front.
The Reds travel to The AMEX Stadium in good form after Tuesday night’s 1-1 draw at The Valley made it five league games without defeat.
Forest have only been beaten once in their opening ten league matches and currently sit 4th in the Sky Bet Championship, just four points behind leaders Burnley.
Barnsley (H) – Won 3-2
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
*Capital One Cup
Garcia’s side head into this game in a poor run of form after picking up just one win from their last six league outings, a 3-1 home win over Bolton Wanderers on 21 September their only recent success.
It took a last-minute goal from Keith Andrews to salvage a 1-1 draw at home to struggling Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday night after The Seagulls had slipped to a disappointing defeat at Ipswich on Saturday.
Brighton are sitting comfortably in mid-table with 13 points from their opening ten matches but Garcia will be hoping for a win against The Reds to keep his side on the fringes of the top six.
Millwall (H) – Drew 1-1
Reading (A) – Drew 0-0
QPR (A) – Drew 0-0
Bolton (H) – Won 3-1
Ipswich (A) – Lost 2-0
Sheffield Wednesday (H) – Drew 1-1
Down The Years
Forest wins over Brighton: 13 (11 League, 2 League Cup)
Brighton wins over Forest: 7 (League)
Draws: 9 (8 League, 1 League Cup)
The last meeting between the two sides came in March as the spoils were shared in a thrilling 2-2 draw at The City Ground.
Forest twice came from behind as late strikes from Lewis McGugan and Henri Lansbury secured a point for The Reds and kept them in the playoff positions.
Forest’s last visit to The AMEX Stadium came last December as both sides had to settle for a goalless draw.
There were chances for Brighton’s Inigo Calderon and Will Hoskins, while Forest went close through Billy Sharp and Dexter Blackstock, but in the end neither side could find a breakthrough.
He Played For Both
Beasant joined Forest, initially on loan in 1997, and went on to spend four years at The City Ground. He became the club’s oldest-ever player at the age of 42 and made 154 appearances on Trentside before leaving for Portsmouth in 2001.
The shotstopper made the move to Brighton on a free transfer from Wigan Athletic in 2003 and made 16 outings for The Seagulls across a seven-month spell. He kept a clean sheet against Forest in March 2003 and departed for Fulham in August of the same year.
Referee: Craig Pawson
Assistant Referees: Mark Scholes and Matthew Wilkes
Fourth Official: Andy Woolmer
Forest are the 8/5 outsiders to take all three points at Brighton, with the draw priced at 23/10.
The Reds’ leading goalscorer Andy Reid was on target again in Tuesday’s draw at Charlton and he can be backed at 12/1 to be the first man on the scoresheet at The AMEX Stadium.
For supporters who fancy a repeat of last season’s goalless draw there are odds of 7/4, while another entertaining 2-2 draw between the sides can be back at 66/1.
Visit www.skybet.com/forest for all the latest odds.
(Please note - prices are subject to change)
Tickets and Travel
Forest have received an extra allocation of tickets for this fixture, of which around 300 remain. Tickets will remain on sale at the Forest Ticket Office and via the booking line until 5pm on Thursday 3 October.
Tickets will be available to purchase on the day at The AMEX Stadium from the main Ticket Office. There will no price increase but ticket sales will be stopped at 4pm on matchday. Supporters are advised to purchase their tickets in advance.
Coach travel is priced £19 and will depart the Brian Clough Stand car park at 9.30am.
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 12.02pm service from Nottingham arrives in Brighton at 3.50pm which leaves plenty of time to take in the sights and make the journey across to The AMEX Stadium.
For a full schedule of trains to Brighton and for the best prices visit East Midlands Trains and make your support for The Reds count.
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.