Nottingham Forest have an opportunity to move back into the Sky Bet Championship playoff places when they host Millwall at The City Ground on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).The Reds gained a well-deserved point from a 1-1 draw at Ipswich Town on Saturday but know they need to pick up all three against Ian Holloway’s side if they are to keep their top-six hopes alive.
The game will be the first since the appointment of Stuart Pearce as Forest's new manager, but he won't take charge of the club until 1 July.
Jamaal Lascelles serves the second game of his two-match ban so Greg Halford may again partner Danny Collins in the centre of Forest’s defence.
Gary Brazil could name the same starting line-up from the 1-1 draw at Ipswich meaning Ben Osborn may start his second consecutive game for the club.
DJ Campbell could come back in to the Millwall side after being ineligible to play against Blackburn while Carlos Edwards may again start after joining on loan from Ipswich.
Richard Chaplow and Danny Shittu remain sidelined through injury but Jermaine Easter, Lee Martin and Nicky Bailey could return to the squad following their respective absences.
Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Ipswich Town stretched Forest’s run without a league win to nine games but the point picked up at Portman Road could prove to be a crucial one in the final reckoning.
The Reds remain just two points outside the Sky Bet Championship playoff places and a first win at The City Ground since 2 February could move them back into the top six.
Barnsley (A) - Lost 1-0
Middlesbrough (A) – Drew 1-1
Doncaster (H) – Drew 0-0
Derby (A) – Lost 5-0
Charlton (H) – Lost 1-0
Ipswich (A) – Drew 1-1
Millwall are currently on a five-match winless run which was seconds away from being ended during Saturday’s 2-2 draw with ten-man Blackburn Rovers at The Den.
The Lions were all set for a vital win heading into stoppage-time but Rovers striker Josh King popped up with a late leveller to keep Ian Holloway’s side firmly entrenched in the bottom three.
Despite having only won two away league matches all season, Millwall did recently secure a shock 1-0 win at promotion-chasing Derby County so will be dangerous opposition this weekend.
Derby (A) – Won 1-0
Blackpool (A) – Lost 1-0
Charlton (H) – Drew 0-0
Leeds (A) – Lost 2-1
Birmingham (H) – Lost 3-2
Blackburn (H) – Drew 2-2
Down The Years
Forest wins over Millwall: 20 (18 League, 1 FA Cup, 1 League Cup)
Millwall wins over Forest: 22 (19 League, 1 FA Cup, 2 League Cup)
Draws: 19 (18 League, 1 League Cup)
The two teams last met back in December as Forest twice came from behind to secure a 2-2 draw at The Den on a wintery night in South London.
Steve Morison and Martyn Woolford had twice put Millwall in front but goals from Andy Reid and on-loan Chelsea midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah gave The Reds a share of the spoils.
The last meeting between the sides at The City Ground came in August as Forest ran out 2-1 winners in a Capital One Cup second round clash on Trentside.
Liam Feeney’s equaliser cancelled out an earlier effort from Matt Derbyshire but Jamaal Lascelles headed home the winner in extra-time to send Forest through to the third round.
He Played For Both
Neil Harris moved to Millwall from Cambridge City for £30,000 in 1998 and scored his first goal in a 2-1 win against Northampton in September of the same year. Harris would go on to make 432 appearances and score 138 goals for The Lions across two spells at the club.
At the end of his first spell with Millwall, Harris moved to Nottingham Forest in December 2004 and bagged his only goal for the club in a 4-0 win over Chesterfield in September 2006. After making 40 outings for Forest he made the move back to Millwall in January 2007.
Referee: Mark Brown
Assistant Referees: Paul Graham and Tony Peart
Fourth Official: Mick Russell
Nottingham Forest are the 8/13 favourites to take all three points against Millwall on Saturday while the draw is priced at 14/5.
The Reds are 7/1 to return to winning ways with a 2-1 win while a more emphatic 3-0 victory for Forest can be backed at 11/1.
Forest will want to get back to keeping clean sheets and can be backed at 13/8 to win to nil while a Reds win with both teams to score is a good price at 5/2.
Check out all of the latest odds on Sky Bet.
(All odds subject to change)
The official matchday magazine is available to buy and download for Saturday’s meeting with Millwall.
In this edition, priced £3, Fawaz Al Hasawi gives his thoughts on the latest events at The City Ground, Jamie Mackie discusses his career at all levels of the game and Karl Darlow talks about his promotion aspirations.
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 2pm 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.
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Tickets for the match (Saturday 5 April, 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).