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10 February 2014

Nottingham Forest will be looking for a first away league win in five attempts when they travel to Huddersfield Town on Tuesday night (kick-off 7.45pm).

Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Blackpool extended The Reds’ unbeaten run to 15 matches and Billy Davies will be aiming to back up that result with a win over Mark Robins’ side.

Forest are unbeaten against the Yorkshiremen in the last seven meetings between the sides and will want to extend that run at The John Smith’s Stadium.

Team News

Eric Lichaj has undergone a scan on a groin injury and could be out for up to three weeks as Billy Davies’ list of casualties continues to grow.

Henri Lansbury (back), David Vaughan (knee), Kelvin Wilson (back), Chris Cohen (knee) and Dexter Blackstock (knee) all remain sidelined through injury and will miss the trip to West Yorkshire.

Huddersfield striker Martin Paterson missed the weekend win over Wigan through illness but is expected to return to the squad in time for the clash against Forest.

Terriers boss Mark Robins was boosted on Saturday by the return to fitness of James Vaughan, Jonathan Hogg, Joel Lynch and Adam Hammill and the quartet look set to be named in the starting line-up once again.

Current Form

Forest made it 15 games unbeaten with a 1-1 draw at Blackpool on Saturday but were disappointed not to leave with three points after Andy Keogh’s late leveller for the home side.

The Reds have won five of their last eight matches in all competitions in a run which has seen them cement their place in the Sky Bet Championship’s top six as well as reach the fifth round of the FA Cup with Budweiser.

However, Reds boss Billy Davies will want his side to get back to winning ways on the road as they haven’t tasted victory in an away league match since the 1-0 win at Sheffield Wednesday back in December.

Blackburn (H) – Won 4-1
Preston (H)* - Drew 0-0
Watford (H) - Won 4-2
Yeovil (H) – Won 3-1
Preston (A)* - Won 2-0
Blackpool (A) – Drew 1-1
*FA Cup



Huddersfield recorded their first league win in four attempts on Saturday as Adam Clayton’s late strike earned them all three points at home to Wigan Athletic.

The weekend win saw The Terriers move up to 13th in the Sky Bet Championship and they know that another home victory against Forest will promote them into the top half.

Mark Robins’ side are as inconsistent as they are dangerous and prior to Saturday’s success against Wigan they had lost four straight matches in all competitions including a 5-1 hammering at Leeds.

Millwall (H) – Won 1-0
QPR (A) – Lost 2-1
Charlton (H)* – Lost 1-0
Bournemouth (A) – Lost 2-1
Leeds (A) – Lost 5-1
Wigan (H) – Won 1-0
*FA Cup

Down The Years

Forest wins over Huddersfield: 14 (13 League, 1 League Cup)
Huddersfield wins over Forest: 17 (16 League, 1 FA Cup)
Draws: 16 (12 League, 3 League Cup, 1 FA Cup)

Last Meeting

The last meeting between the two teams came on the opening day of the season as Henri Lansbury’s goal separated the sides at The City Ground.



Forest haven’t visited The John Smith’s Stadium since the beginning of the 2012-13 campaign when they shared a 1-1 draw back in August 2012.

Simon Cox had given The Reds a second-half lead after he latched onto a superb ball from Lewis McGugan and finished calmly past Alex Smithies with his left foot.

But Huddersfield found an injury-time equaliser when, after Jack Hunt had been brought down in the area by Dan Harding, Jordan Rhodes stepped up to smash home the spot-kick.



He Played For Both

Craig Armstrong

Craig Armstrong made his Forest debut in a 1-0 win at Port Vale in August 1997 after graduating from the club’s youth system. The defender made 49 appearances and scored two goals during his spell on Trentside before moving to Huddersfield in 1999.

Armstrong scored on his home debut for The Terriers in a 3-2 win over Bolton in March 1999 and went on to win the club’s Player of the Year award two years later. He made 120 outings and netted five goals for the Yorkshiremen before switching to Sheffield Wednesday in 2002.

Officials

Referee: Nigel Miller
Assistant Referees: Paul Hodskinson and Bob Roberts
Fourth Official: Tony Harrington

Betting

Nottingham Forest are the slender 11/8 favourites to take all three points at The John Smith’s Stadium with the draw being priced at 12/5.

A repeat of the scoreline earlier this season which saw Forest win 1-0 has odds of 7/1 while a more optimistic 3-0 away victory is priced at 22/1.

The Reds have drawn their last four away league matches but also score plenty of goals so perhaps a 2-2 draw at odds of 12/1 is a decent bet.

Check out all of the latest odds on Sky Bet.
(All odds are subject to change)

Tickets and Travel

Nottingham Forest have received their full allocation of 1,698 tickets for this fixture located behind the goal in The Chadwick Lawrence Stand. An additional allocation is available if required.

Coach travel will depart The Brian Clough Stand car park at 4.30pm and is priced at £13.

For supporters looking to travel to the match by rail, Nottingham Forest benefit from every rail ticket booked with East Midlands Trains through the official Nottingham Forest website.

On Tuesday, the 4.17pm service from Nottingham arrives in Huddersfield at 6.45pm which gives supporters plenty of time to make the short journey across to The John Smith’s Stadium before kick-off.

For a full schedule of trains to Huddersfield and for the best prices visit East Midlands Trains.

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 Wednesday, as well as all the reaction from the Forest camp.

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