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Match pack: Fulham (H)

17 September 2014

All the important information and views ahead of Nottingham Forest's Sky Bet Championship clash with Fulham this evening (kick-off 7.45pm).

Nottingham Forest v Fulham
Sky Bet Championship
Wednesday 17 September (kick-off 7.45pm)
The City Ground

Pre-match brief

Fresh from a fiercely competitive battle against local rivals Derby County, Nottingham Forest come up against Fulham tonight looking to inflict another defeat upon the struggling Cottagers.

On a night when The City Ground faithful will remember Brian Clough as the tenth anniversary of his death approaches, The Reds face a team whose manager was involved in one of Clough's memorable days.

Felix Magath lined up in Hamburg's midfield in Forest's 1980 European Cup final triumph and the under-fire German will be out for revenge as his team look for their first victory of the campaign.

Team news

Nottingham Forest boss Stuart Pearce will be forced into a few changes this evening as he looks to reclaim top spot in the Championship on Wednesday night.

Midfielders Chris Cohen and Andy Reid are certain to miss out after sustaining injuries in Sunday's derby. Jack Hobbs's fitness will also need to be assessed with Jamaal Lascelles, Kelvin Wilson and Danny Fox waiting in the wings to deputise.

David Vaughan looks set to appear in the first-team squad after playing a productive 45 minutes in the Under 21s' win over Birmingham City on Monday while Dexter Blackstock played the full game and could be named on the bench.

Rock-bottom Fulham are without deadline-day signing Matt Smith after the striker lasted 18 minutes before being sent off on his debut against Reading on Saturday.

World Cup star Bryan Ruiz is unlikely to feature so soon after playing for Costa Rica at the weekend while Adam Taggert is their only other absentee through injury.

View from the Red corner 

Brian Eastick: "Fulham are going to win a football match sooner rather than later. They’re going to be dangerous opponents in a different way to Derby.

"They have had a high turnover of players which is inevitable when you get relegated from the Premier League, but they’ve got some very good young players.

"Patrick Roberts, who I saw play for England at 16 and 17, is probably the best player in his age band."

Click here to read more of Eastick's thoughts as Forest aim to get back to the summit of the Sky Bet Championship.

What's the form guide?

Pearce's men have won six out of their last eight games in all competitions and continued their remarkable unbeaten run in the televised 1-1 draw against their A52 rivals.

Britt Assombalonga delightful finish was cancelled out by a scruffy Ryan Shotton equaliser as the two teams shared the spoils.


It's all looking gloomy for Magath's side who have one point from their opening six league fixtures.

The Cottagers have scored only three league goals so far, even more of a surprise considering the capture of star striker Ross McCormack in the summer.

Last time out Fulham were easily brushed aside by Reading thanks to two goals from Glenn Murray and a Nick Blackman strike.

Haven't we met before?

Amazingly these two clubs haven't faced each other for a decade. Fulham were the ones to come out on top in the last tussle, a League Cup tie in 2004.

Andy Reid and Marlon King bagged for The Reds before Tomasz Radzinski scored twice, with Brian McBride and the familiar name of Andy Cole sealing Forest's fate in extra-time.

Forest have failed to win in five games against the club located on the banks of the River Thames.

Are tickets available?

There are still tickets remaining for the Trentside encounter against Fulham this evening.

For more information on how to get a ringside seat click here.

What if I can't make the game?

Live audio commentary will be available on Forest Player, as well as free live text commentary on www.nottinghamforest.co.uk and via @Official_NFFC on Twitter.

Forest Player will also have extended match highlights from 12pm on Thursday, as well as all the reaction from the Forest camp.

Is there a programme?

The official matchday programme is available to buy and download for Wednesday's meeting with Fulham.

In this edition, priced £3, Stuart Pearce pens his post-Derby thoughts and chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi gives his opinions on the season so far.

The Guardian’s chief sports writer Danny Taylor and comedian Matt Forde will both be writing their usual columns as they cast a unique eye over the current campaign.

Forest fans are reminded that they can download the official matchday magazine to their iPad. Perfect for supporters unable to attend the game, the download can be accessed via this app from 6.45pm onwards on Wednesday.

Hard copies will be available from all the usual outlets around The City Ground.

What are the odds?

The bookies have the game well and truly in Forest's favour. Pearce's team can be backed at 7/10 to be victorious while the away side are extremely unfancied at 18/5.

If you fancy a little bit of extra value and you're confident The Reds can go one better than Reading did against Fulham on Saturday, the price of 28/1 is being offered for a 4-0 Forest rout.

With both in a rich vein of form the combination of Britt Assombalonga and Michail Antonio notching is 9/2 on, which could prove a shrewd earner.

Please visit www.skybet.com/forest for all the latest odds on tonight's contest.

Who is in charge?

Referee: Darren Deadman
Assistant Referees: Robert Merchant and Jason Tyas
Fourth Official: Christopher Kavanagh

Who else is playing?

Blackburn v Derby
                       
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