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10 March 2014

Nottingham Forest will be aiming to record their first win at Middlesbrough since 1993 when they travel to The Riverside Stadium on Tuesday night (kick-off 7.45pm).

The Reds have hit a poor run of form at a crucial point in the campaign but manager Billy Davies will know that a win on Teesside will inject some renewed optimism into the season.
 
The two sides shared a thrilling 2-2 draw at The City Ground earlier in the season but Forest will be travelling north with the hope of ending their winless run that currently stands at five games in all competitions.

Team News

There is brighter news on the injury front for Forest as Kelvin Wilson and Andy Reid close in on first-team return while Henri Lansbury remains a month away from first-team action.

Eric Lichaj remains sidelined with a groin injury while Rafik Djebbour will face a late fitness test before making the trip to Teesside.

Middlesbrough midfielder Mustapha Carayol hopes to be fit after picking up a hip problem against Ipswich on Saturday but Jonathan Woodgate is expected to miss out (calf).

Tomas Mejias, Seb Hines, Rhys Williams and Daniel Ayala all remain in the treatment room and are some weeks away from a first-team return.
 
Current Form
 
Forest head to The Riverside Stadium on the back of three consecutive defeats to Burnley, Wigan and Barnsley and haven't tasted success in the league since the 3-0 win at Huddersfield Town on 11 February.
 
The disappointing form has yet to affect The Reds' league position though as they remain 5th in the Sky Bet Championship but Billy Davies' men can ill-afford many more slip-ups before the end of the season.
 
Defensive instability has been costing Forest of late with just one clean sheet in their last ten league games but they will hope to tighten up against Aitor Karanka's goal-shy side.
 
Huddersfield (A) – Won 3-0
Sheffield United (A)* – Lost 3-1
Leicester (H) – Drew 2-2
Burnley (A) - Lost 3-1
Wigan (H) - Lost 4-1
Barnsley (A) - Lost 1-0



A sigh of relief would have gone around The Riverside Stadium on Saturday as Middlesbrough ended their 12-hour wait for a goal with a 2-0 win over playoff-chasing Ipswich Town.
 
The success over The Tractor Boys ended a seven-game winless run for The Teessiders and their hopes of reaching the playoffs themselves now look slim at best.
 
The Riverside has proved to be a fortress for Boro over recent weeks though and Aitor Karanka's men have not suffered a home league defeat since a 1-0 reverse against Brighton on 14 December.
 
Doncaster (A) - Drew 0-0
Blackburn (H) - Drew 0-0
Watford (A) - Lost 1-0
Leeds (H) - Drew 0-0
Sheffield Wednesday (A) - Lost 1-0
Ipswich (H) - Won 2-0
*FA Cup
 
Down The Years
 
Forest wins over Middlesbrough: 24 (21 League, 1 FA Cup, 2 League Cup)
Middlesbrough wins over Forest: 21 (19 League, 2 FA Cup)
Draws: 31 (29 League, 2 FA Cup)
 
Last Meeting
 
The last meeting between the two sides came in September 2013 as the spoils were shared at the end of an entertaining 2-2 draw at The City Ground.
 
Boro had raced into a two-goal lead through Kei Kamara and George Friend but Forest fought back superbly to claim a point thanks to strikes from Matt Derbyshire and Darius Henderson. Emmanuel Ledesma saw red late on for the visitors.


 
The last meeting between the teams at The Riverside Stadium took place in April 2013 as The Reds' hopes of earning a playoff place took a blow on Teesside.
 
Mustapha Carayol's strike three minutes before half-time was enough to earn Tony Mowbray's side all three points as the hosts maintained their chances of achieving a top-six finish.
 
He Played For Both
 
Jonathan Greening joined Middlesbrough for £2million from Manchester United in August 2001 and made his debut for Boro in a 4-0 home defeat by Arsenal in August that year. The midfielder went on to make 109 appearances for The Teessiders over a three-year stay with the club before moving to West Bromwich Albion in July 2004.
 
Greening arrived at Nottingham Forest from Fulham in July 2011 and made his first outing for the club in a 0-0 home draw with Barnsley the following month. The 35 year old has now made 45 appearances for The Reds during his City Ground stay and also coaches the club's Under 21 side.
 
Officials
 
Referee: Roger East
Assistant Referees: Gary Beswick and Adrian Holmes
Fourth Official: Craig Pawson
 
Betting
 
Nottingham Forest are the 2/1 outsiders to take all three points at The Riverside Stadium on Tuesday with the draw being priced at 11/5.
 
Both sides have struggled to find the net in recent weeks but supporters can back both teams to score at odds of 10/11 or there are odds of 7/2 on Forest winning to nil.
 
Jamie Paterson can be backed at 13/2 to score the first goal on Teesside while fellow forwards Jamie Mackie and Rafik Djebbour both have odds of 8/1 to do the same.

Check out all of the latest odds on Sky Bet.
(All odds subject to change)
 
Tickets and Travel
 
Nottingham Forest have been allocated 1,177 reserved seat tickets for this fixture located in The East Stand. Tickets for the game remain on general sale.
 
Coach travel will depart the Brian Clough Stand car park at 2.45pm and is free of charge for supporters in possession of a match ticket. Please note this offer is only available for a maximum of ten coaches.
 
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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