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Match pack: Brentford (A)

5 April 2015

Get all the news and views ahead of Nottingham Forest's Sky Bet Championship trip to Brentford on Easter Monday (kick-off 3pm).

 Brentford v Nottingham Forest
Sky Bet Championship
Monday 6 April (kick-off 3pm)
Griffin Park

Pre-match brief

Nottingham Forest make their first trip to Griffin Park in eight years tomorrow as they aim to get revenge on a Brentford side who beat them 3-1 earlier in the campaign and put a dent in the home side's promotion hopes.

The Reds' dreams of reaching the Premier League seem all but over following the 2-1 home defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Good Friday but a win in the capital tomorrow would provide a strong confidence boost.

A near-capacity crowd is expected at Griffin Park with Forest fans having also sold out their allocation of tickets and they will be hoping to see Dougie Freedman's men achieve a first away win since 28 February.

Team news

Nottingham Forest midfielder Gary Gardner begins a two-match suspension after picking up his 10th booking of the campaign in the defeat to Wolves but his absence could provide an opportunity to David Vaughan.

Jack Hobbs and Dexter Blackstock will both be pushing for starts after being named on the bench on Friday but Dorus de Vries, Matty Fryatt and Modou Barrow all missed out through injury and the trio may not be fit to travel.

Brentford boss Mark Warburton is expected to stick with the side which won impressively at Fulham two days ago with Andre Gray, who scored at The City Ground in November, playing as the Bees' lone striker.

The home side have no new injury concerns following their 4-1 victory at Craven Cottage and despite knowing the importance of keeping his players fresh, Warburton is likely to keep any changes tomorrow to a minimum.

View from the Red corner

Dougie Freedman: “When Brentford were in League One they went about acquiring good, young and hungry players and after buying well, that has got them to where they are now.

“Are they any better than us? Man for man they probably aren't but they are a work in progress and they've worked hard to get up towards the top of the Championship.

“They have created a spirit at Brentford which allows players to develop and to improve and they've brought in good players at the right time. It will certainly be a tough test for us."

What's the form guide?

Following an excellent run of results through February and March, Nottingham Forest head to Griffin Park tomorrow on the back of two straight defeats to promotion-chasing Norwich City (3-1) and Wolverhampton Wanderers (2-1).

The Reds have struggled away from home in recent weeks with defeats at Charlton and Norwich adding to a goalless draw at Leeds but they will be hopeful of getting back to winning ways in the capital and closing the gap on the top six.

Brentford are currently unbeaten in three matches having secured away wins at Blackburn (3-2) and Fulham (4-1) with a 2-2 draw against London rivals Millwall before the international breaks sandwiched in between.

Mark Warburton's men sit fifth in the Sky Bet Championship table but only a single point clear of eighth-placed Wolves and they will know that only a home win will do if they are to continue their charge towards the play-offs.

Haven't we met before?

Brentford ran out comfortable 3-1 winners in the reverse fixture at The City Ground in November as goals from Jon Toral, Andre Gray and Alex Pritchard gave them victory despite a late consolation strike from Michail Antonio.

Forest's last visit to Griffin Park came back in April 2007 as a brace from Kris Commons helped The Reds to a 4-2 win in the capital as David Prutton and Grant Holt netted the other goals against the already-relegated Bees.

The Reds are actually unbeaten in their last five visits to Griffin Park dating back to April 1949 and they will be hoping to continue that run tomorrow as they look to put a spanner in the works of Brentford's promotion aspirations.


Are tickets available?

Tickets for Nottingham Forest's Sky Bet Championship trip to Brentford are sold out.

No further tickets will be made available to Forest supporters and any fans without a ticket are strongly advised not to travel.

How do I get there?

Exit the M25 at junction 15 (signposted M4, Heathrow Terminals 1,2 & 3, London (W)) onto the M4 eastbound. After 8.3 miles exit the M4 at junction 2 (signposted A4, N and S Circular A406 (A205), Chiswick A315), onto the slip road down onto the A4, which runs underneath, and parallel to, the M4.

At Chiswick Roundabout after 0.7 miles, take the fourth exit (signposted S. Circular A205, A316, M3 Richmond) onto Chiswick High Road/Kew Bridge Road. Go straight on for 0.3 miles to junction/lights (Kew Bridge Junction). Here, keep in lane for the A315 and go straight on (signposted Hounslow, Brentford A315), towards `The Plough'. At the lights after 0.5 miles turn right (by McDonalds) into Ealing Road, which runs past Griffin Park. The ground is on Braemar Road, the second turning on your left.

What if I can't make the game?

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

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

What are the odds?

Nottingham Forest are the 11/4 outsiders to take all three points away from Griffin Park tomorrow with the draw priced at 13/5 and a victory for the home side as the most likely outcome at 10/11.

A repeat of The Reds' last win at Griffin Park in April 2007, by four goals to two, can be backed at a massive 100/1 while a more slender 1-0 victory for Dougie Freedman's men tomorrow is priced at 10/1.

Dexter Blackstock netted his fourth goal of the campaign in the 2-1 defeat to Wolves on Good Friday and the Forest striker can be backed at 13/2 to score the first goal at Griffin Park or at 2/1 to score at any time.

For all the latest odds on tomorrow's game, please visit and make a prediction for Brentford v Forest.

Who is in charge?

Referee: David Webb
Assistant Referees: David Avent and Mathew Buonassisi
Fourth Official: Mick Russell

Who else is playing?

Watford v Middlesbrough (Monday, kick-off 12.30pm)
Bournemouth v Birmingham
Cardiff v Bolton
Huddersfield v Ipswich
Norwich v Sheffield Wednesday
Rotherham v Brighton
Wigan v Derby
Wolves v Leeds (Monday, kick-off 5.15pm)
Blackpool v Reading (Tuesday, kick-off 7.45pm)
Charlton v Fulham (Tuesday, kick-off 7.45pm)

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