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24 October 2013

Nottingham Forest will be hoping to make it eight league games unbeaten when they make the long trip to Yeovil Town on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

After being stung by Bournemouth’s late equaliser at The City Ground last time out, The Reds will be determined to take all three points against Gary Johnson’s men.

Forest have won six of the last seven meetings between the sides, including the famous 3-2 home win which secured promotion to the Championship in May 2008.

Team News

Danny Collins looks set to miss out after sustaining ankle ligament damage in the draw with Bournemouth so Kelvin Wilson, who replaced him in that match, is likely to make his first start since mid-September.

Henri Lansbury will miss out through suspension after picking up his fifth booking of the season against The Cherries, but Eric Lichaj and Nathaniel Chalobah both return to contention after serving their one-match bans.

Yeovil loanee Fraser Fyvie has returned to parent club Wigan after suffering a shoulder injury in last weekend’s draw with Brighton and Hove Albion.

Gary Johnson has no other injury concerns but it remains to be seen whether striker Paddy Madden, prolific in last season’s promotion-winning campaign but yet to score in the Championship, has done enough to convince his manager that he is worthy of a place in the squad after being left out of The Glovers’ 18 in their last match, a 0-0 draw with Brighton.

Current Form

Despite conceding a late equaliser to Bournemouth last weekend, the result stretched The Reds’ unbeaten run to seven matches and limited their number of league defeats to just one from their 12 league games so far.

The Cherries draw was only the second time Forest have dropped points at home this season, but it was enough to keep them in 4th place behind Burnley, QPR and Leicester.



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
Bournemouth (H) – Drew 1-1

*Capital One Cup

Yeovil may have picked up a creditable goalless draw against Brighton at the weekend but it didn’t stop them slipping to the foot of the Sky Bet Championship table.

The Glovers suffered a thumping 4-1 defeat at Middlesbrough before the international break but looked a lot more solid as they shut out The Seagulls at Huish Park.

Despite that positive result, Johnson’s side still haven’t won since their opening day victory at Millwall and are staring down the barrel of a long and difficult season.

Ipswich (A) – Lost 2-1
QPR (H) – Lost 1-0
Bolton (A) – Drew 1-1
Leicester (H) – Lost 2-1
Middlesbrough (A) – Lost 4-1
Brighton (H) – Drew 0-0

Down The Years

Forest wins over Yeovil: 6 (6 League)
Yeovil wins over Forest: 2 (2 League)

Last Meeting

The last meeting between the two sides came in May 2008 as Forest sealed promotion from League One with a thrilling 3-2 win on the final day of the season at The City Ground.

Goals from Julian Bennett and Kris Commons handed The Reds a commanding 2-0 lead before Jaime Peters halved the deficit.

Lewis McGugan extended the advantage on the half-hour mark before Andy Kirk gave Forest fans a nervy ending with a goal 15 minutes from time.

But Colin Calderwood’s men hung on to clinch a long-awaited promotion.

 

On Forest’s last visit to Huish Park in September 2007 goals from Luke Chambers, Junior Agogo and Commons secured a comfortable 3-0 win in Somerset.



He Played For Both

Arron Davies

Davies joined Yeovil on a free transfer from Southampton and went on to make 115 appearances at Huish Park over the course of a two and a half year stay. He scored 27 goals for The Glovers, including a brace in their playoff semi-final second-leg victory at The City Ground in 2007.

He impressed Forest so much that night that they swooped to sign him in the summer of 2007, along with current Reds captain Chris Cohen. Davies made 40 appearances and scored once for Forest but struggled to make an impact before returning to Yeovil on a free transfer in January 2010.

Officials

Referee: Mick Russell
Assistant Referees: Daniel Cook and Constantine Hatzidakis
Fourth Official: Charles Breakspear

Betting

Nottingham Forest are the 8/11 favourites to take the win at Yeovil, with the draw priced 5/2.

Chris Cohen can be backed at 16/1 to open the scoring against his former club, while Djamal Abdoun is 4/1 to grab his first goal in Forest colours.

For supporters who fancy a repeat of our 3-0 win at Huish Park in 2007 there are odds of 12/1, while a reversal of Yeovil’s 5-2 win at The City Ground in the League One playoff semi-final is priced 100/1.

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

Tickets and Travel

Nottingham Forest have sold their full allocation of 2,087 tickets for this fixture.

Coach travel is priced £18 and will depart The Brian Clough Stand car park at 9am.

Nottingham Forest would like to make supporters aware that the club benefits from every rail ticket booked with East Midlands Trains through nottinghamforest.co.uk.

On Saturday, the 7.37am service from Nottingham arrives in Yeovil at 1.27pm, which gives supporters time to take in the Somerset sunshine before the short walk down to Huish Park.

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

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