Nottingham Forest will be looking to get back to winning ways when they host Sheffield Wednesday at The City Ground tomorrow night (kick-off 7.45pm).The Reds fell to a disappointing 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Millwall on Saturday and know they need a win against Stuart Gray’s side if they are to keep the pressure up on 6th-placed Reading in their hunt for a playoff berth.
Wednesday are currently 14th in the Championship and their goal difference of zero says a lot about their season. Despite three wins in six games, they are without a win in four on the road and Forest will be looking to extend that run.
After his impressive return to action on Saturday after a long layoff, Henri Lansbury is in contention to start for Forest, while Kelvin Wilson, who also returned on Saturday, could start at the back.
Danny Fox, who missed Saturday’s game for personal reasons, could be back, while Andy Reid and David Vaughan might be fit enough to be among the substitutes.
Sheffield Wednesday face something of an injury crisis, with their four first-choice centre-halves all missing. Anthony Gardner and Kamil Zayette have been joined on the injury list by Glenn Loovens and Oguchi Onyewu after the pair sustained injuries against Leicester last Friday. Miguel Llera and Lewis Buxton will deputise.
Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at the hands of Millwall took Forest’s run without a league win to ten games and they now sit five points off the playoffs in 7th, behind Reading in 6th.
The Royals face a tough trip away to fellow playoff hopefuls Bournemouth on Tuesday night so there’s a good opportunity for The Reds to close the gap and keep their top-six hopes alive.
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 (H) – Lost 2-1
Wednesday come into this game on the back of two defeats but their latest, away at Leicester, may actually have given them a boost.
Only an Anthony Knockaert free-kick prevented them from leaving the Championship leaders with a point and Gray’s side have won three of their last six, including an impressive 3-0 win over QPR.
Birmingham (H) – Won 4-1
QPR (H) – Won 3-0
Doncaster (A) – Lost 1-0
Brighton (H) – Won 1-0
Watford (H) – Lost 4-1
Leicester (A) – Lost 2-1
Down The Years
Forest wins over Sheffield Wednesday: 52 (50 League, 2 FA Cup)
Sheffield Wednesday wins over Forest: 55 (48 League, 6 FA Cup, 1 League Cup)
Draws: 26 (23 League, 3 FA Cup)
Forest and Wednesday met at Hillsborough in December and The Reds emerged with all three points thanks to Simon Cox.
The Irishman netted his sixth goal of the season just after the break and that was enough to give Forest the win in a game of few chances.
The last time the two teams met at The City Ground, in November 2012, Forest emerged with all three points again, winning 1-0. The last three games between the sides have all ended in the same score line.
A 75th-minute own-goal from Miguel Llera handed Sean O’Driscoll’s side the victory, after he diverted a Chris Cohen cross beyond Wednesday keeper Chris Kirkland.
He Played For Both
Sam Hutchinson became something of a fans’ favourite during his time at The City Ground after scoring on his home debut, despite only making nine appearances for The Reds.
Having signed on loan from Chelsea at the start of the 2012-13 season, the young defender impressed at right back when available, but sadly a serious knee problem limited his opportunities on Trentside.
At the start of this campaign he was sent to Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem by Chelsea, but having only made one solitary appearance he came back to England and was sent back out on loan to the Championship – this time to Sheffield Wednesday.
Deployed in holding midfield for The Owls, Hutchinson has impressed in his seven appearances so far but sadly has yet again suffered with a knee problems. He missed Friday night’s clash against Leicester City, but could make his return against Forest.
Referee: Scott Duncan
Assistant Referees: Wayne Barratt and Simon Brown
Fourth Official: Mark Heywood
Nottingham Forest are the 10/11 favourites to take all three points against Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday, while the draw is priced 5/2.
The Reds are 11/2 to make it four 1-0 wins on the trot against Wednesday, while a more emphatic 3-0 win can be backed at 14/1.
Having scored the only goal of the game in December’s return fixture, Cox is 5/1 to score first, while those expecting Forest to make a brisk start can back The Reds to score inside the first ten minutes at 6/1.
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 Tuesday’s meeting with Sheffield Wednesday.
In this edition, priced £3, Fawaz Al Hasawi’s mother has a special message for Forest fans after her first ever game at The City Ground, Jamie Mackie discusses his career at all levels of the game and Henri Lansbury talks about his return to action and his experiences of working alongside Stuart Pearce.
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 6.45pm onwards on Tuesday.
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 Wednesday, as well as all the reaction from the Forest camp.
Tickets for the match (Tuesday 8 April, kick-off 7.45pm) 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).
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