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Match pack: Huddersfield (H)

10 April 2015

Get all the news and views ahead of Nottingham Forest's Sky Bet Championship clash with Huddersfield Town at The City Ground tomorrow (kick-off 3pm).


        Nottingham Forest v Huddersfield Town         
   Sky Bet Championship
Saturday 11 April 2015 (kick-off 3pm)
The City Ground

Pre-match brief

Nottingham Forest and Huddersfield Town go head-to-head for the third time this season tomorrow as The Reds look to get back to winning ways on home soil and strengthen their claim for a top-ten finish in the Sky Bet Championship.

Monday's last-gasp 2-2 draw at Brentford may have left a sour taste in the mouth for Forest but they will be encouraged by a strong showing at Griffin Park which included a debut senior goal for young striker Tyler Walker.

Huddersfield arrive at The City Ground almost certain of playing Championship football again next season but they are aiming to finish the season strongly and may still have one eye on a potential top-half finish.

Team news

Nottingham Forest striker Matty Fryatt will again be unavailable with an Achilles problem while fellow strike partner Dexter Blackstock and winger Modou Barrow will both face late fitness tests to see if they are ready for the game.

Chuba Akpom was forced to leave the field at Brentford on Monday with a rib injury but he should be fit for tomorrow's clash while Michail Antonio will also be available for selection despite picking up a knock at Griffin Park.

Huddersfield boss Chris Powell has been boosted by the return of Jonathan Hogg and former Forest striker Ishmael Miller to training and the duo could both play a part for the Terriers at The City Ground tomorrow.

Harry Bunn remains unavailable as he continues to recover from a hamstring injury so it looks likely that Powell will once again select Nahki Wells and James Vaughan as his front two as Huddersfield seek a league double over Forest.

View from the Red corner

Dougie Freedman: “We have to make sure that when the fans pay good money to come to The City Ground, they’re entertained.

“Sometimes players aren’t going to have a good game but they’ll see commitment, energy, desire, a game plan and organisation – and it’ll go right to the very end.

“My job is to make sure the players are doing that for the fans and to never ever forget that’s the main thing we’re here for.” 

Click here to read more of the manager's thoughts ahead of the clash with Huddersfield.

What's the form guide?

Nottingham Forest have now gone three matches without a victory but can consider themselves unfortunate not to have taken three points from Brentford on Monday where they were denied by a last-minute equaliser from the hosts.

The Reds have found The City Ground to be a good source of points over recent weeks though, picking up 15 points from a possible 18 on Trentside from their last six home matches and they will want to continue that form tomorrow.


Huddersfield arrive at The City Ground on the back of an impressive 2-1 home win over promotion-chasing Ipswich Town on Monday which followed a solid 1-1 draw at Sheffield Wednesday on Good Friday.

Chris Powell's men have found life difficult away from home however and haven't tasted victory on their travels since their 3-1 win at Millwall on 7 February, a run which has included heavy defeats at Charlton and Brentford.

The Terriers look sure to be playing Championship football next season as they currently sit 12 points clear of the relegation zone but they will surely be aiming to beat their 17th-place finish from the 2013-14 season.

Haven't we met before?

Huddersfield ran out comfortable 3-0 winners in the reverse fixture at The John Smith's Stadium in November as goals from Joel Lynch, Nahki Wells and Grant Holt gave the Terriers an impressive victory in West Yorkshire.

The last meeting between the two sides at The City Ground saw Forest take all three points on the opening day of the 2013-14 season as Henri Lansbury netted the winner to give The Reds the perfect start to the campaign.

Huddersfield's last victory on Trentside came back in December 2000 as Andy Reid's goal wasn't enough to prevent the Terriers from taking a 3-1 win away from The City Ground thanks to a brace from Kevin Gallen.


Are tickets available?

Tickets are still available for tomorrow's game against Huddersfield Town.

For more details and for a full list of prices, please click here.

Is there hospitality available?

A limited number of seats remain in 1865 Club hospitality for tomorrow's game with Huddersfield Town and these are priced at £80 + VAT per person.

For more information on this package or to make a booking, please e-mail hospitality@nottinghamforest.co.uk or call 0115 982 4450.

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 Sunday, 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 tomorrow's meeting with Huddersfield.

The 76-page edition, priced at £3, includes columns from Fawaz Al Hasawi, Dougie Freedman and Chris Cohen as well as an interview with Jamaal Lascelles as he looks back on his season at The City Ground.

There is an interview with Under 21 head coach Jimmy Gilligan as he previews Monday's league decider with Huddersfield Town while the Guardian's chief football writer Daniel Taylor pens his latest thoughts on The Reds.

Forest fans are reminded that they can download the official matchday magazine to their iPad, iPhone or Android device. Perfect for supporters unable to attend the game, the download can be accessed via this app now for Apple users or via this link for Android users.

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

What are the odds?

Nottingham Forest are the 21/20 favourites to take all three points against Huddersfield Town tomorrow with the draw priced at 23/10 and a win for the away side slightly further in at 19/10.

Fans who fancy Forest to get revenge for their 3-0 defeat at Huddersfield in November by beating the Terriers by the same scoreline can get odds of 18/1 while a more nervy 1-0 victory is priced at 8/1.

Henri Lansbury scored the winner on Huddersfield's last visit to The City Ground and the Forest midfielder is priced at 8/1 to net the first goal of tomorrow's game or 11/4 to score at any time.

For all the latest odds on tomorrow's game, please visit www.skybet.com/forest and make a prediction for Forest v Huddersfield.

Who is in charge?

Referee: Darren Deadman
Assistant Referees: Michael George and Simon Mather
Fourth official: David Rock

Who else is playing?

Brighton v Bournemouth (Friday, kick-off 7.45pm)
Fulham v Wigan (Friday, kick-off 8pm)
Derby v Brentford (Saturday, kick-off 12.15pm)
Birmingham v Wolves
Bolton v Norwich
Ipswich v Blackpool
Leeds v Cardiff
Middlesbrough v Rotherham
Millwall v Watford
Reading v Blackburn
Sheffield Wednesday v Charlton

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