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25 March 2014

Nottingham Forest are looking to regain a place in the top six of the Sky Bet Championship when they take on Charlton Athletic at The City Ground this evening (kick-off 7.45pm).

Academy manager Gary Brazil will be in charge of The Reds following the departure of Billy Davies and will want to guide Forest to their first win since 11 February.

Charlton have not won a league game on Trentside since October 1998 but Jose Riga’s side are fighting desperately to avoid relegation and will present Forest with a tough challenge.

Team News

Darius Henderson may be pushing for a start this evening after playing the second half in the defeat at Derby but Andy Reid, Henri Lansbury and David Vaughan will again be absent.

Jonathan Greening is expected to retain his place in midfield but Gary Brazil has some tough selection choices ahead of his first game in charge.

Charlton midfielder Callum Harriott will need to undergo a late fitness test after missing Saturday’s defeat to Burnley with an ankle injury while Marcus Tudgay will miss out under the conditions of his loan from Forest.

Young striker Joe Pigott has been recalled from his recent loan spell at Gillingham and could go straight into The Addicks’ squad tonight but Chris Solly and Leon Cort will miss out through injury.

Current Form

Saturday’s 5-0 defeat at local rivals Derby extended The Reds’ winless run to eight games with their last victory coming in the 3-0 success at Huddersfield Town on 11 February.

The Reds have only lost once in their last 11 home games in all competitions and have only been beaten three times at The City Ground this season.

Burnley (A) - Lost 3-1
Wigan (H) - Lost 4-1
Barnsley (A) - Lost 1-0
Middlesbrough (A) – Drew 1-1
Doncaster (H) – Drew 0-0
Derby (A) – Lost 5-0



Charlton had been on a three-match unbeaten run in the league before Saturday’s 3-0 home defeat by promotion-chasing Burnley.

Jose Riga’s side currently sit one place outside the relegation zone on goal difference but hold three games in hand on most of their rivals for the drop.

The Addicks have not won any of their last ten away games in the Championship with their last success coming at Birmingham back in November.

Leicester (A) – Lost 3-0
Sheffield United (A)* – Lost 2-0
Huddersfield (H) – Drew 0-0
Millwall (A) – Drew 0-0
Bournemouth (H) – Won 1-0
Burnley (H) – Lost 3-0
*FA Cup

Down The Years

Forest wins over Charlton: 14 (13 League, 1 FA Cup)
Charlton wins over Forest: 12 (11 League, 1 FA Cup)
Draws: 11 (11 League)

Last Meeting

The two teams last met back in October as the spoils were shared at The Valley in a 1-1 draw on a crisp evening in South London.

Andy Reid gave Forest an early lead as his free-kick flew into the far corner of the net but Marvin Sordell earned Charlton a point with his equaliser five minutes into the second-half.



The last meeting between the sides at The City Ground came in September 2012 as Forest ran out 2-1 winners on Trentside.

Goals from Lewis McGugan and Sam Hutchinson had given The Reds a two-goal lead and despite Lee Camp’s late own goal, Forest held on to take three valuable points.


He Played For Both

Andy Reid moved to Charlton from Tottenham Hotspur for £3million in 2006 and scored his first goal in a 1-1 draw against Everton in November of the same year. After making 40 appearances at The Valley over an 18-month spell, Reid left for Sunderland in January 2008.

Signed on a free transfer from Blackpool in 2011, Reid has now spent almost three years on Trentside and has made 124 appearances. The Irish international has scored ten goals for The Reds this season including one against his former club Charlton at The Valley.

Officials

Referee: Andy Haines
Assistant Referees: Ryan Johnson and Christopher Kavanagh
Fourth Official: Paul Thompson

Betting

Nottingham Forest are the favourites to take the win tonight and can be backed at 8/11 while the draw is priced at 13/5.

The Reds are 7/1 to return to winning ways with a 2-1 win while a more emphatic 4-1 victory for Forest can be backed at 33/1.

Forest will want to get back to keeping clean sheets and can be backed at 15/8 to win to nil while a 3-0 Reds win with Jamie Paterson as first goalscorer has odds of 45/1.

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 Tuesday’s meeting with Charlton Athletic.

In this edition, priced £3, Danny Fox talks about how he has settled into life at Forest, Radi Majewski discusses getting back to goalscoring ways and there’s a pictorial look at the recent ‘open doors’ day at The City Ground.

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 6.45pm onwards on Tuesday.

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


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