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Match pack: Tranmere (A)

12 August 2014

All the important information ahead of Nottingham Forest's Capital One Cup first-round trip to Tranmere Rovers.

Tranmere Rovers v Nottingham Forest
Capital One Cup first-round
Tuesday 12 August (kick-off 7.45pm)
Prenton Park

Pre-match brief

Fresh from a successful start to the Sky Bet Championship campaign on Saturday, Nottingham Forest begin their cup exploits with a trip to League Two side Tranmere Rovers tonight.

Stuart Pearce takes charge of his first competitive away game as Forest manager and knows he will face a stern examination from Rob Edwards's men on Merseyside.

The Reds reached the third round of the Capital One Cup in 2013-14 and Pearce will want to better last season's run this time around, starting with a win at Prenton Park.

Team news

Forest boss Stuart Pearce is expected to make limited changes from the side which beat Blackpool on Saturday but skipper Chris Cohen could be rested after playing 90 minutes on his return from injury.

Competition for places in the attacking third will be high with Jamie Paterson and Lars Veldwijk pushing for places while Jack Hobbs and Eric Lichaj may feature as they continue their respective comebacks.

Rovers manager Rob Edwards says he will make a number of alterations to his side following Saturday's 1-1 draw with York as he looks to keep his squad fresh for the upcoming League Two campaign.

Defender Marcus Holness is set to miss out with a hamstring problem but Matt Gill could come back into the side after missing the opening game of the season with a knee injury.

View from the Red corner 

Stuart Pearce: “I will go and pick the strongest team which I think is going to win the game. 

“Of course I will be taking into account the likes of Chris Cohen who had 90 minutes against Blackpool and who is only just coming back from a long-term injury.

“But I was brought up at this club to know that every competition you enter, you try and win it. 

“I made it my business to watch Tranmere during pre-season and I know they are a very good side. We'll have our work cut out if we go up there under-prepared."

What's the form guide?

Stuart Pearce couldn't have wished for a better start as Nottingham Forest manager as his side cruised to a comfortable 2-0 win over Blackpool on the season's opening day.

Goals from Reds debutants Michail Antonio and Chris Burke (pictured) were enough to give Forest three points over the beleaguered Seasiders and set them up perfectly for tonight's trip to Merseyside.

 

As Forest were sweeping Blackpool aside at The City Ground, tonight's opponents Tranmere were scrapping hard to save a point as they drew 1-1 at home to York City.

Keith Lowe had given the Minstermen the lead at Prenton Park but a James Rowe goal deep into second-half injury-time salvaged a share of the spoils for Tranmere on the opening day.

Haven't we met before?

The two sides last met in the 2007-08 season as goals from Nathan Tyson and Wes Morgan gave Forest a 2-0 win at Prenton Park.


Are tickets available?

As of 11am on Monday 11 August, Nottingham Forest have around 1,000 tickets remaining for this fixture from an initial allocation of 1,500. Tickets will be available to purchase from the Forest ticket office until 12pm on Tuesday 12 August but will also be available to purchase upon arrival at Prenton Park.

For full details on Tranmere tickets, please click here.

How do I get there?

The quickest way to reach Prenton Park is to take the M6 to junction 20 and exit onto the M56 signposted North Wales/Chester/Runcorn. Follow the M56 until junction 15 before exiting for the M53 signposted Ellesmere Port/Birkenhead. Leave the M53 at junction 4 and take the fourth exit at the roundabout onto the B5151 (Mount Road). 

Continue for two and a half miles when Mount Road becomes Storeton Road and turn right into Prenton Road West at the traffic lights. The stadium will appear in 200 yards on the right-hand side.

Prenton Park is also well-served by local railway stations including Conway Park, Birkenhead Central and Rock Ferry and these are all accessible from Liverpool Lime Street 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 www.nottinghamforest.co.uk and via @Official_NFFC on Twitter.

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

What are the odds?

The bookies are strongly backing Nottingham Forest to progress through to the second round of the Capital One Cup with the Reds priced as 8/13 favourites to win at Prenton Park this evening.

For any supporters who fancy Forest to dominate proceedings, they can be backed at 11/8 to be winning at half-time and full-time while a Forest victory without conceding a goal has odds of 15/8.

Please visit www.skybet.com/forest for all the latest odds for tonight's game.

Who is in charge?

Referee: David Webb
Assistant Referees: Iain Siddall and Ricky Wootton
Fourth Official: Paul Graham

Who else is playing?

Barnsley v Crewe
Birmingham v Cambridge
Blackburn v Scunthorpe
Bolton v Bury
Brighton v Cheltenham
Bristol City v Oxford United
Burton v Wigan
Charlton v Colchester
Chesterfield v Huddersfield
Crawley v Ipswich
Dagenham & Redbridge v Brentford
Exeter v Bournemouth
Leeds v Accrington
Luton v Swindon
Millwall v Wycombe
MK Dons v Wimbledon
Morecambe v Bradford
Oldham v Middlesbrough
Plymouth v Leyton Orient
Port Vale v Hartlepool
Portsmouth v Peterborough
Rochdale v Preston
Rotherham v Fleetwood
Sheffield Wednesday v Notts County
Shrewsbury v Blackpool
Southend v Walsall
Stevenage v Watford
Wolves v Northampton
Yeovil v Gillingham
York v Doncaster
Reading v Newport (Tuesday, kick-off 8pm)
Coventry v Cardiff (Wednesday, kick-off 7.45pm)
Sheffield United v Mansfield (Wednesday, kick-off 7.45pm)


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