Nottingham Forest face a stern test of their promotion credentials on Saturday as they travel to Turf Moor to take on Burnley (kick-off 3pm).A win for The Reds would see them close the gap on their hosts to just two points and would keep the pressure on fellow promotion rivals Derby and Queens Park Rangers.
Forest were beaten 2-1 on the same ground in the Capital One Cup earlier this season but picking up three league points this weekend would prove much more vital.
Eric Lichaj (groin) and Jack Hobbs (ankle) both missed Wednesday’s draw with Leicester and it seems unlikely that the pair will return at Turf Moor.
The duo have joined Henri Lansbury, David Vaughan, Chris Cohen, Kelvin Wilson and Dexter Blackstock on Billy Davies’ ever-growing injury list.
Burnley boss Sean Dyche could name the same starting line-up for the sixth successive game including the dangerous strike partnership of Danny Ings and Sam Vokes.
Brian Stock could be the only absentee for The Clarets having only played one game since early December after suffering with a back problem.
Wednesday’s draw with league leaders Leicester City extended Forest’s unbeaten league run to 14 games and kept them nine points clear of 7th-place Wigan Athletic.
The Reds have won four of their last six Sky Bet Championship matches and currently sit 5th in the table, just five points behind Burnley who occupy the second automatic promotion spot.
Yeovil (H) – Won 3-1
Preston (A)* - Won 2-0
Blackpool (A) – Drew 1-1
Huddersfield (A) – Won 3-0
Sheffield United (A)* – Lost 3-1
Leicester (H) – Drew 2-2
Burnley are unbeaten in their last nine league matches but that run has included five draws leaving them only two points clear of Derby County who sit third.
A second-half equaliser from Keith Treacy gave Sean Dyche’s side a share of the spoils at Bournemouth last time out, a result which keeps them eight points behind leaders Leicester.
The Clarets are the only Championship side not to have a lost a home league game this season, showing the size of Forest’s task on Saturday.
Sheffield Wednesday (H) – Drew 1-1
Brighton (H) – Drew 0-0
QPR (A) – Drew 3-3
Millwall (H) – Won 3-1
Bolton (A) – Won 1-0
Bournemouth (A) – Drew 1-1
Down The Years
Forest wins over Burnley: 37 (35 League, 2 League Cup)
Burnley wins over Forest: 40 (36 League, 3 League Cup, 1 FA Cup)
Draws: 27 (26 League, 1 FA Cup)
The last meeting between the two sides came in September as Burnley ran out 2-1 winners in the Capital One Cup third-round clash at Turf Moor.
Matt Derbyshire had given Forest the lead early on but a stunning brace from Danny Ings secured The Clarets a fourth-round meeting with West Ham United.
The last league meeting between the two sides at Turf Moor was a memorable one for Reds fans as Lewis McGugan’s penalty in the seventh minute of stoppage gave Forest a 1-1 draw.
Junior Stanislas had opened the scoring for the hosts with a 68th-minute strike but after Henri Lansbury had been brought down in the box, McGugan stepped up to give Forest a point in their quest for a playoff place.
He Played For Both
Ian Wright joined Nottingham Forest in 1999 on loan from West Ham and scored on his debut in a 1-1 draw with QPR in August 1999. The striker went on to make ten appearances and score 5 goals during his City Ground stay before moving to Celtic after his loan spell ended.
Wright made the move to Burnley on a free transfer from Celtic in Feburary 2000 during The Clarets’ time in Division Two. He made 15 outings for the Lancashire side and scored four goals including a last-minute winner over Notts County at Turf Moor in April 2000.
Referee: Andy D’Urso
Assistant Referees: Peter Gooch and Gary Hilton
Fourth Official: Scott Mathieson
Nottingham Forest are the 23/10 outsiders to take all three points at Turf Moor on Saturday with the draw being priced at 11/5.
A slender 2-1 win for Forest has odds of 11/1 while a repeat of Wednesday night’s 2-2 draw with Leicester can be backed at 14/1.
Jamie Paterson has scored nine goals in his last 11 games and is priced at 7/1 to be the first goalscorer and 12/5 to score at any time.
Check out all of the latest odds on Sky Bet.
(All odds subject to change)
Tickets and Travel
Nottingham Forest have been allocated 2,109 reserved seat tickets for this fixture located behind the goal in The David Fishwick Stand. Tickets are on sale until 12pm on Friday 21 February.
Coach travel will depart The Brian Clough Stand car park at 10.30am and is priced at £14.50.
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 12noon on Sunday, as well as all the reaction from the Forest camp.