Nottingham Forest will be aiming to bring their dismal run of form to an end when they travel to playoff rivals Ipswich Town on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).The two teams are separated by goal difference in the Sky Bet Championship table and the result at Portman Road could go a long way to deciding who reaches the playoffs.
Forest slipped to a late defeat against Charlton on Tuesday night but temporary manager Gary Brazil will want to see his side make ground on the top six with a result in Suffolk.
Forest defender Jamaal Lascelles will miss out as he begins a two-match ban after picking up his tenth booking of the season so Kevin Gomis could come into the side.
Jamie Paterson and Radi Majewski will both be pushing for starts after being named on the bench for Tuesday night’s defeat to Charlton.
Ipswich midfielder Cole Skuse faces a race against time to be fit for the game having picked up a leg injury in the recent defeat to Wigan so Anthony Wordsworth could deputise.
Manager Mick McCarthy has confirmed that striker David McGoldrick will not play again this season but winger Alex Henshall could start after joining on loan from Manchester City.
Forest currently sit at the bottom of the form table with two draws and four defeats from their last six matches in a run which has seen them slip out of the playoff places.
Their woes have also extended to their goalscoring form which has seen them net just once in their previous five matches, that being Darius Henderson’s equaliser at Middlesbrough.
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 (H) – Lost 1-0
Ipswich Town will be brimming with confidence after back to back wins against playoff rivals Brighton and Derby left them just two points outside the top six.
Christophe Berra’s last-minute winner gave Mick McCarthy’s men all three points against Derby on Tuesday night and they will now be looking to extend their winning run to three matches.
The Tractor Boys have taken 12 points from their last 18 available but have also been beaten five times on their own turf this season.
Birmingham (H) – Won 1-0
Middlesbrough (A) – Lost 2-0
Yeovil (A) – Won 1-0
Wigan (H) – Lost 3-1
Brighton (A) – Won 2-0
Derby (H) – Won 2-1
Down The Years
Forest wins over Ipswich: 34 (31 League, 2 FA Cup, 1 League Cup)
Ipswich wins over Forest: 19 (18 League, 1 FA Cup)
Draws: 15 (14 League, 1 FA Cup)
The last meeting between the two sides came in December as a goalless draw was played out in front of 20,966 at The City Ground.
Ipswich enjoyed the better of the first half with David McGoldrick and Daryl Murphy going close but Forest came on strong after the interval with their best chance falling to Simon Cox.
Last season’s meeting at Portman Road saw Ipswich run out comfortable 3-1 winners despite a second-half equaliser from Dexter Blackstock.
Goals from Guirane N’Daw, Luke Hyam and Daryl Murphy sealed all three points for The Tractor Boys as Sean O’Driscoll’s side slipped to defeat in Suffolk.
He Played For Both
David McGoldrick joined Nottingham Forest from Southampton in 2009 and grabbed his first goal for the club against Queens Park Rangers. He went on to score nine times for The Reds but his progress was hampered by a shoulder injury at the start of the 2010-11 campaign.
The striker made an initial loan move to Ipswich Town from Forest in January 2013 and impressed by notching four goals. That led to a permanent move to Portman Road in the summer of the same year and he had already netted 16 goals this season before being ruled out with a knee injury.
Referee: Andrew Madley
Assistant Referees: Michael George and Adrian Sannerude
Fourth Official: Michael Bull
Nottingham Forest are the 23/10 outsiders to take all three points at Portman Road on Saturday with the draw being priced at 9/4.
Odds of 4/1 are being offered to fans who fancy Forest to convert a half-time lead into a win while a 2-1 victory for The Reds can be backed at 11/1.
Darius Henderson made the starting line-up against Charlton on Tuesday and there are odds of 13/2 on him being the first goalscorer at Ipswich or 2/1 on him 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 received an allocation of 1,523 tickets for this fixture and are still on general sale.
Coach travel will depart the Brian Clough Stand at 9.30am and is priced at £17.
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.