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Match pack: Ipswich (A)

24 April 2015

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

 Ipswich Town v Nottingham Forest
Sky Bet Championship
Saturday 25 April (kick-off 3pm)
Portman Road

Pre-match brief

Nottingham Forest's final away game of the 2014-15 season takes them to Portman Road where they face a tough test against promotion-chasing Ipswich Town who still have a strong chance of finishing the campaign in the top six.

The Reds fought back three times to claim a 3-3 draw at Blackburn Rovers last weekend but may need to produce an even better performance against Mick McCarthy's men if they are to take anything away from Suffolk tomorrow.

Currently sitting three points above play-off rivals Brentford and Wolves with two games to go, Ipswich know that a win over Forest will leave a play-off place in their grasp but The Reds will be aiming to end their away season on a high.

Team news

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman says he expects to include both Tyler Walker and Jorge Grant in the squad for tomorrow's trip to Ipswich as he aims to give the young duo more experience in the Sky Bet Championship.

Kelvin Wilson remains suspended following his red card against Watford but otherwise the Forest starting line-up could be the same as the one which drew 3-3 against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park last weekend.

Jonny Williams will not be part of the Ipswich squad for tomorrow's game after a groin injury cut short his loan spell from Crystal Palace but former Forest men Luke Chambers and Paul Anderson are expected to be included.

Midfield duo Kevin Bru and Darren Ambrose have returned to training and could make the substitutes' bench for tomorrow's game but David McGoldrick, Noel Hunt, Luke Hyam and Luke Varney all remain sidelined through injury.

What's the form guide?

Nottingham Forest have dropped to 11th in the Sky Bet Championship table following a run of six games without a win but their last two away games, at Brentford and Blackburn, have seen them turn in strong displays.

The Reds travel to Portman Road tomorrow looking for their first away win since the 3-0 success at Reading on 28 February as they aim to move back into the Sky Bet Championship's top ten. 

Ipswich Town head into tomorrow's game in good form with consecutive wins over Blackpool and Cardiff being followed up by a battling 1-1 draw against play-off rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux last weekend.

Portman Road has been something of a fortress for the Tractor Boys in recent weeks with Mick McCarthy's men having not suffered defeat on their own turf since the 1-0 reverse against Reading over two months ago.

Haven't we met before?

Michail Antonio's last-minute strike earned Forest a share of the spoils in the reverse fixture in October as Daryl Murphy's double was not enough for Ipswich to take all three points in an entertaining 2-2 draw at The City Ground.

Murphy was on target once again in the corresponding fixture at Portman Road last season as Forest, with Gary Brazil in caretaker charge, took a well-earned point thanks to Danny Collins' early header from Danny Fox's corner.

The Reds' last victory at Portman Road came back in January 2012 as a brace from Marcus Tudgay and a strike from Garath McCleary helped Forest to end their ten-hour goal drought and earn a vital 3-1 win in Suffolk.


Are tickets available?

Tickets for Nottingham Forest's Sky Bet Championship trip to Ipswich are still available.

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

How do I get there?

Take the A12 to big roundabout (by Tesco) on A14 junction. Take 2nd exit (sign posted Ipswich West A1214) into London Road. Follow Ipswich A1214 signs for two and a half miles, straight over roundabout to junction at bottom of hill. Go straight on to the next set of traffic lights. Turn right and follow the signs to the ground.

Ipswich station is about a five-minute walk from the stadium. Go straight out of the station, over the bridge and past two sets of traffic lights, then turn left into Portman Road. Trains leave London Liverpool Street station for Ipswich every 15 minutes.

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 Sunday, as well as all the reaction from the Forest camp.

What are the odds?

Nottingham Forest are the 4/1 outsiders to take all three points away from Portman Road tomorrow with the draw priced at 3/1 and a victory for the home side being priced as the current favourite at 8/13.

The corresponding fixture last season saw Danny Collins' goal give Forest a 1-1 draw and a repeat of that scoreline tomorrow has odds of 6/1 while a slender 1-0 victory for The Reds can be backed at 12/1.

Both teams have been regularly finding the net in recent weeks and there are odds of 8/11 being offered for those who fancy the two sides to score tomorrow or odds of 7/2 for both teams to score in the first half.

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

Who is in charge?

Referee: Graham Salisbury
Assistant Referees: Darren Blunden and Ian Rathbone
Fourth Official: James Adcock

Who else is playing?

Brighton v Watford (Saturday, kick-off 12.15pm)
Sheffield Wednesday v Leeds (Saturday, kick-off 12.30pm)
Birmingham v Charlton
Cardiff v Blackpool
Fulham v Middlesbrough
Huddersfield v Blackburn
Millwall v Derby
Reading v Brentford
Rotherham v Norwich
Wigan v Wolves
Bournemouth v Bolton (Monday, kick-off 7.45pm)

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