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Doncaster Preview

19 September 2013

Nottingham Forest are presented with another tricky away fixture on Saturday as they travel to face newly-promoted Doncaster Rovers (kick-off 3pm).

The Reds took four points out of six from this week’s home double-header against Barnsley and Middlesbrough and will be looking to supplement those results with three more points on the road.

Forest have only beaten Doncaster twice in the last 12 attempts and will be aiming to improve on their record at The Keepmoat Stadium, where they have only won once.

Team News

Billy Davies is waiting on the results from the assessment of the injury Kelvin Wilson's picked up against Middlesbrough on Tuesday.

Should Wilson not recover in time then Greg Halford may replace him, while the manager may have a difficult decision to make in attack as Matt Derbyshire and Darius Henderson both came off the bench to score in midweek.

Doncaster manager Paul Dickov could hand a first start to Manchester United loanee Federico Macheda after he played 32 minutes as a substitute in the 2-1 defeat against Watford at Vicarage Road.

Rovers have a strong squad to pick from for the game with their only long-term absentees being Jamie McCombe (spine) and Marc de Val Fernandez (knee).

Current Form

Forest kept up their unbeaten home record by coming from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Middlesbrough on Tuesday night.



That result means The Reds have still only been beaten once in all competitions this season, a 2-1 defeat at Wigan Athletic, and they currently sit fifth in the Sky Bet Championship table with 14 points from their opening seven matches.

Bolton (H) - Won 3-0
Watford (A) – Drew 1-1
Millwall (H)* - Won 2-1
Wigan (A) – Lost 2-1
Barnsley (H) – Won 3-2
Middlesbrough (H) - Drew 2-2

Paul Dickov’s side have endured a poor start to the season and have won only one of their first six matches, a 2-0 success against Blackburn last month.

Rovers can consider themselves unfortunate not to have three more points on the board though as their game at Charlton was called off due to a waterlogged pitch while they were leading 3-1.

Tuesday night’s defeat at Watford has left Rovers with just five points from six matches and Dickov will be hoping to turn that form around with three points on Saturday.

Blackburn (H) - Won 2-0
Wigan (A) – Drew 2-2
Leeds (H)* – Lost 3-1
Bournemouth (H) – Lost 1-0
Huddersfield (A) – Drew 0-0
Watford (A) – Lost 2-1

*Capital One Cup

Down The Years

Forest wins over Doncaster: 19 (15 League, 3 League Cup, 1 FA Cup)
Doncaster wins over Forest: 9 (8 League, 1 FA Cup)
Draws: 9 (9 League)

Last Meeting

The last meeting between the two sides came in March 2012 when Doncaster ran out 2-1 winners in the Championship clash at The City Ground.

Goals from Frederic Piquionne and Kyle Bennett put Rovers 2-0 up and, although Dexter Blackstock pulled one back, Forest couldn’t find an equaliser.

Chris Gunter’s strike on the half-hour mark settled the last meeting between the sides at The Keepmoat Stadium back in August 2011.

That 1-0 win in South Yorkshire gave Steve McClaren his first win as Forest manager against a Doncaster side managed at the time by Sean O’Driscoll.



He Played For Both

Billy Sharp

Sharp joined Doncaster for £1.1million from Sheffield United in 2010 after enjoying an initial season-long loan spell at The Keepmoat Stadium in the 2009-10 campaign. The Sheffield-born striker went on to score 41 goals in 86 appearences for Rovers and helped them to retain their Championship status.

After switching to Southampton, Sharp then joined Forest on a season-long loan in August 2012 and scored 11 goals in 40 outings for The Reds, including a brace in the 4-2 Boxing Day win over Leeds United.

Officials

Referee: Andy Haines
Assistant Referees: Wayne Grunnill and Andy Newbold
Fourth Official: Jason Tyas

Betting

Nottingham Forest are the 11/10 favourites to take all three points at Doncaster on Saturday. The draw is priced 12/5.

There are odds of 6/1 on a repeat of Forest’s last visit to Doncaster, where they ran out 1-0 winners, while Darius Henderson can be backed at the same price to be the game’s first goalscorer.

Eric Lichaj has called upon Forest to keep a clean sheet this weekend and supporters can get 13/8 on that happening at The Keepmoat Stadium.

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

Tickets and Travel

Nottingham Forest have received an extra allocation of 1,000 tickets for this fixture, taking the total allocation to 4,300. Tickets will remain on sale at the Forest Ticket Office and via the booking line until 3pm on Friday 20 September.

Coach travel will depart The Brian Clough Stand car park at 12pm and is priced at £11.50.

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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