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Match pack: Bolton (A)

15 August 2014

Find out everything you need to know ahead of Nottingham Forest's first Sky Bet Championship away game of the season against Bolton Wanderers.

Bolton Wanderers v Nottingham Forest
Sky Bet Championship
Saturday 16 August (kick-off 3pm)
Macron Stadium

Pre-match brief

Almost a year to the day since they clinched a comprehensive 3-0 win over the same opponents, Nottingham Forest come up against Bolton Wanderers once more.

Successive wins over Blackpool (2-0) and Tranmere (1-0) have seen The Reds start the season in solid fashion and Stuart Pearce will want his side to continue that form at the recently-renamed Macron Stadium.

Dougie Freedman's side will provide Forest with a stern test and look set to include the likes of Darren Pratley, Jay Spearing and Jermaine Beckford among their squad.

Team news

Forest boss Stuart Pearce says Saturday's game at Bolton is expected to come too early for Kelvin Wilson and Jamaal Lascelles on their return from injury while Henri Lansbury, David Vaughan and Dexter Blackstock will again miss out.

Jack Hobbs and Eric Lichaj both came through Tuesday's win at Tranmere unscathed and could be named in the starting line-up but Michael Mancienne will serve a one-match ban after his red card at Prenton Park.

Wanderers' new loan signing Joe Mason could make his debut for the club after joining from Cardiff while Jay Spearing and Matt Mills could return to the side having been rested for Bolton's 3-2 Capital One Cup win over Bury on Tuesday night.

Andy Lonergan and Adam Bogdan will battle it out for a place in the Bolton goal but Dean Moxey and Mark Davies are both doubts for Freedman's side with foot and toe injuries respectively.

View from the Red corner 

Stuart Pearce: "We know we’ll have to improve on our first two performances to beat them but we’ll be going there endeavouring to win the match.

"We’ll do our homework on Bolton but we need to concentrate fully on what we’re going to do.

"We have to make sure we silence the crowd early on, get a foothold in the game and take it from there.

"They’re a good side who have some good technicians in the likes of Mark Davies and Jay Spearing."

Click here to view more of the manager's thoughts ahead of the trip to Bolton.

What's the form guide?

Forest made it two wins from two at the start of the season as Michail Antonio's second goal in as many matches sealed a 1-0 Capital One Cup win at League Two side Tranmere Rovers on Tuesday night.

Stuart Pearce's men have now recorded back-to-back clean sheets against Blackpool and Tranmere but will need to step up a gear if they are to shut out a talented Bolton side tomorrow.

Wanderers have had a tricky start to the campaign as a comprehensive 3-0 defeat at Watford on the opening day was followed by an unconvincing 3-2 extra-time win over League Two outfit Bury in the Capital One Cup.

Freedman's side had been trailing to their near-neighbours but a penalty from Craig Davies sent the game into extra-time before a brace from Neil Danns sent The Trotters through to a second-round clash at Crewe.

Haven't we met before?

The two sides last met in January as Jamie Paterson's goal was cancelled out by Matt Mills in a 1-1 draw at the Reebok Stadium.

Are tickets available?

Nottingham Forest have received more tickets for Saturday's Sky Bet Championship trip to Bolton Wanderers. Reds fans sold out the initial allocation of 1,522 tickets and a further 935 are still on sale for the upper tier of the Franking Sense South Stand.

For full details on Bolton tickets, please click here.

How do I get there?

If travelling up the M6, follow signs for the M62 and leave at Junction 21a, following signs for Manchester. Join the M60 at Junction 12 and proceed to follow signs for the M61 towards Preston. (Do NOT take the A666 towards Bolton.)

Turn off the M61 at Junction 6 and take the third exit off the roundabout onto the A6027, the De Havilland Way. At the next roundabout, take a left turn onto Burnden Way and the Macron Stadium will appear in front of you.

Supporters should note that the station nearest the Macron Stadium, Horwich Parkway, is currently closed so fans will need to get on a replacement bus service when travelling to the ground from Bolton station.

What if I can't make the game?

Live audio commentary will be available on Forest Player, as well as free live text commentary on and via @Official_NFFC on Twitter.

Forest Player will also have extended match highlights from 12pm on Sunday, as well as all the reaction from the Forest camp.

What are the odds?

The bookies are unable to call it this weekend with both Forest and Bolton priced at 13/8 to run out winners at the Macron Stadium and the draw priced at 9/4.

Michail Antonio has been among the goals already for Forest and he has odds of 10/1 to open the scoring or 7/2 to score at any time during the 90 minutes.

For any supporters who feel it might be the day for Forest strikers to get on the scoresheet, there are odds of 13/2 for Matty Fryatt and Britt Assombalonga to both net their first competitive goals for the club.

Please visit for all the latest odds for tomorrow's game.

Who is in charge?

Referee: Eddie Ilderton
Assistant Referees: Alf Greenwood and Peter Wright
Fourth Official: Kevin Wright

Who else is playing?

Leeds v Middlesbrough (Saturday, kick-off 12:15pm)
Birmingham v Brighton
Blackpool v Blackburn
Bournemouth v Brentford
Cardiff v Huddersfield
Charlton v Wigan
Fulham v Millwall
Norwich v Watford
Reading v Ipswich
Rotherham v Wolves
Sheffield Wednesday v Derby

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