Nottingham Forest are looking to make it a lucky 13 games unbeaten when they take on Yeovil Town at The City Ground on Sunday (kick-off 3pm).The Reds produced a superb comeback to defeat Watford 4-2 on Thursday night and another win over The Glovers would help them keep pace with the leaders.
Yeovil have lost all of their regular league matches at The City Ground but did famously win the League One playoff semi-final second-leg on Trentside in May 2007.
Henri Lansbury could come back into the Forest side as he returns following a two-match suspension but Reds boss Billy Davies may otherwise stick to a similar side that finished Thursday night’s clash with Watford.
New signings Rafik Djebbour and Danny Fox could make their bows on Trentside after joining the club earlier this week but the game could come too soon for Kevin Gomis. Jack Hobbs, who signed a permanent deal on deadline day, will also be hoping to feature.
Chris Cohen (knee), Dexter Blackstock (knee) and Kelvin Wilson (back) are all still long-term absentees.
Yeovil striker James Hayter will be aiming to get back into the starting line-up after he was replaced by Kieffer Moore in Tuesday’s defeat at Derby.
Liam Davis remains on the sidelines through injury for The Glovers while Ishmael Miller will be ineligible to face his parent club.
The 4-2 win over Watford on Thursday made it 12 games unbeaten for The Reds in all competitions as they cemented their spot in the Sky Bet Championship’s playoff positions.
Forest haven’t been beaten since the 3-2 defeat to Reading on 29 November and will want to close the gap on the automatic promotions places with a win against Yeovil.
Reading (A) – Drew 1-1
West Ham (H)* – Won 5-0
Bolton (A) – Drew 1-1
Blackburn (H) – Won 4-1
Preston (H)* - Drew 0-0
Watford (H) - Won 4-2
Gary Johnson’s side lost a 2-0 lead at Derby County on Tuesday night to go down 3-2 to Steve McClaren’s promotion-chasing Rams.
Goals from Ishmael Miller and John Lundstram had put Yeovil firmly in charge but efforts from Patrick Bamford, Craig Bryson and an injury-time strike from Chris Martin left The Glovers with nothing and firmly rooted to the bottom of the Sky Bet Championship.
Huddersfield (A) - Lost 5-1
Leyton Orient (H)* - Won 4-0
Burnley (H) - Won 2-1
Birmingham (A) - Won 2-0
Southampton (A)* - Lost 2-0
Derby (A) - Lost 3-2
Down The Years
Forest wins over Yeovil: 6 (5 League, 1 Playoff)
Yeovil wins over Forest: 3 (2 League, 1 Playoff)
The reverse fixture at Huish Park in October saw Forest lose 3-1 on a disappointing afternoon in Somerset.
Ed Upson put his side in the ascendency with two first-half goals. Nathaniel Chalobah restored some hope but that was short lived as Byron Webster sent The Reds crashing to their first defeat in seven league games.
The last City Ground meeting between the two sides was the game that sealed The Reds' Championship return in 2008.
Forest went into the final-day clash against the side that had shattered their playoff dreams 12 months earlier, in third place, one point behind second-placed Doncaster. Sean O'Driscoll's Rovers side needed to beat Cheltenham to secure promotion, who themselves were fighting to avoid relegation.
On a nervy afternoon on Trentside, The Reds raced into 3-1 half time lead courtesy of goals from Julian Bennett, Kris Commons and Lewis McGugan. Andy Kirk pulled a goal back for Yeovil but a 3-2 victory, combined with Doncaster's defeat at Whaddon Road saw Colin Calderwood's side return to the second tier after three years in League One.
He Played For Both
Ishmael Miller signed for Nottingham Forest in August 2011 from West Brom and, to date, has made 30 appearances for The Reds and scored four goals.
The striker made the loan move to Yeovil earlier this season and has proved very popular at Huish Park, scoring four times in nine outings for The Glovers.
Referee: Graham Scott
Assistant Referees: Thomas Rogers and Stephen Ross
Fourth Official: Wayne Porter
Forest are the overwhelming favourites to take all three points on Sunday and can be backed at 2/5 while the draw is a long shot at 7/2.
A 3-1 win for The Reds, a reverse of the scoreline earlier in the season at Huish Park, is priced at 11/1 while supporters can back Forest to be winning at half-time and full-time at evens.
Check out all of the latest odds on Sky Bet.
(All odds subject to change)
The official matchday magazine is available to buy and download for Sunday's meeting with Yeovil.
In this edition, priced £3, Fawaz Al Hasawi and Billy Davies both give their thoughts on the January transfer window, Dorus de Vries talks about his fascinating career plus hear an update from club captain Chris Cohen.
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 Sunday.
Hard copies will be available from all the usual outlets.
Follow The Game
Live audio commentary will be available on Forest Player, as well as free live text commentary on nottinghamforest.co.uk.
Forest Player will also have extended match highlights from 12noon on Monday, as well as all the reaction from the Forest camp.
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