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27 February 2014

Nottingham Forest will look to tighten their grip on a top-six spot when in-form Wigan Athletic visit The City Ground on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

The Reds slipped to a 3-1 defeat at Burnley in their last outing and know that only a much-improved performance will do against Uwe Rosler's rapidly-rising outfit.
 
Wigan ran out 2-1 winners in the reverse fixture at a sun-drenched DW Stadium in August and for Forest to exact revenge, they must end a ten-year winless run against The Latics.
 
Current Form
 
Forest's 14-game unbeaten run in the Sky Bet Championship was brought to an abrupt end with Saturday's 3-1 loss at Burnley but they have still picked up 11 points from the last 18 available.
 
Despite being winless in their last three matches, Billy Davies' men have been in excellent form at The City Ground having won five and drawn one of their last six home league games in a run which sees them unbeaten on Trentside since 29 November.
 
Saturday's clash with Wigan is a vital one for both sides as there is currently just six points separating the two teams with The Latics holding a game in hand over The Reds.
 
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 (A) - Lost 3-1
*FA Cup with Budweiser



Wigan Athletic currently sit 3rd in the Sky Bet Championship form table behind Leicester and Derby having won four and drawn one of their last six league games.
 
Saturday's 2-1 win at Brighton means The Latics have now tasted success in five of their last six matches in all competitions, a run which also includes a notable 2-1 victory at Premier League side Cardiff in the FA Cup with Budweiser fifth round.
 
Uwe Rosler's men now occupy 7th place in the Championship standings and have closed the gap on Reading to just one point after goals from James McArthur and Chris McCann secured all three points at The Amex Stadium.
 
Charlton (H) - Won 2-1
Huddersfield (A) - Lost 1-0
Sheffield Wednesday (A) - Won 3-0
Cardiff (A)* - Won 2-1
Barnsley (H) - Won 2-0
Brighton (A) - Won 2-1
*FA Cup with Budweiser
 
Down The Years
 
Forest wins over Wigan: 1 (1 League)
Wigan wins over Forest: 2 (1 League, 1 League Cup)
Draws: 3 (3 League)
 
Last Meeting
 
The last meeting between the two sides came in August as Forest were beaten 2-1 by Owen Coyle's Wigan in beautiful sunshine at The DW Stadium.
 
Andy Reid's stunning free-kick put The Reds ahead early on but a penalty from Shaun Maloney was followed by a strike from Jordi Gomez as The Latics inflicted Forest's first defeat of the season in all competitions.


 
The last league meeting between the teams at The City Ground took place in March 2005 as the spoils were shared in a 1-1 draw on Trentside.
 
Lee McCulloch had given Wigan the advantage shortly after half-time but Forest managed to snatch a point late on thanks to Gareth Taylor's 85th-minute leveller.
 
He Played For Both
 
Mansfield-born James Perch progressed through the Forest Academy and made his professional debut in the 1-1 draw with his future club Wigan in August 2004. The defender went on to make 222 outings for the club during his seven-year stay, helping them win promotion back to the Championship, and scored 14 goals before moving to Newcastle in July 2010.
 
Perch joined Wigan from Tyneside in July 2013 and has since been an integral part of the Latics' side. He made his debut for the club in the 4-0 opening-day win at Barnsley and has gone on to make 36 appearances over the course of this season before his return to The City Ground on Saturday.
 
Officials
 
Referee: Stuart Attwell
Assistant Referees: Alf Greenwood and Mark Howes
Fourth Official: Stephen Bratt
 
Betting
 
Nottingham Forest are the 23/20 favourites to take all three points against Wigan Athletic with the draw priced at a reasonable 9/4.
 
A reverse of the scoreline at The DW Stadium earlier in the season, so a 2-1 Forest win, can be backed at 8/1 while a 3-0 Forest victory has 20/1.
 
Both teams to score looks a good price at 10/11 while supporters can back The Reds to be winning at half-time and full-time at odds of 5/2.
 
Check out all of the latest odds on Sky Bet.
(All odds subject to change)
 
Matchday Magazine
 
The official matchday magazine is available to buy and download for Saturday's meeting with Wigan Athletic.
 
In this edition, priced £3, Billy Davies gives his views on the coming matches, there is an in-depth look at the runners and riders in the Sky Bet Championship promotion race and Danny Fox talks about settling into life on Trentside.
 
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 2pm onwards on Saturday.
 
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 Sunday, as well as all the reaction from the Forest camp.

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Tickets for the match (Saturday 1 March, kick-off 3pm) 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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