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Match pack: Wolves (H)

2 April 2015

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


        Nottingham Forest v Wolverhampton Wanderers        
   Sky Bet Championship
Friday 3 April 2015 (kick-off 3pm)
The City Ground

Pre-match brief

Nottingham Forest face the first part of an Easter double-header on Good Friday as promotion-chasing Wolverhampton Wanderers come to Trentside looking to avenge their 3-0 defeat to The Reds earlier in the campaign.

A 3-1 defeat at Norwich before the international break has left Forest ten points adrift of the play-off places but they will want to build on their excellent home form which has seen them win their last five matches at The City Ground.

Wolves arrive with promotion aspirations of their own, currently trailing sixth-placed Ipswich by just two points, so an exciting contest is in store as Forest look to complete a league double over the West Midlands outfit.

Team news

Nottingham Forest will be able to call on new loan signing Chuba Akpom for the first time and will also have Dexter Blackstock available once again after the striker recovered from an injury that forced him off the field at Norwich.

Jack Hobbs has returned to training in recent weeks and could be fit enough to feature in the matchday squad but striker Matty Fryatt will be absent as he has not shaken off an Achilles problem which has plagued him recently.

Wolves should be able to call on the services of top scorer Bakary Sako after he returned from international duty unscathed so Kenny Jackett could name an unchanged side from the one which beat Derby last time out.

Jackett does have a selection dilemma on his hands and must choose between Carl Ikeme and Tomasz Kuszczak for the goalkeeper's spot tomorrow as the former has now recovered from a broken bone in his foot.

View from the Red corner

Dougie Freedman: “It’s a fantastic challenge for the players and a wonderful game because the two teams will be very open – a draw’s no good to anybody.

“It’s a good one for the fans to see some goalmouth action.

“I felt against Norwich we were affected a little by certain bits of their quality. We need to impose our game on to Wolves.

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

What's the form guide?

Nottingham Forest suffered only their second defeat in 11 matches before the international break as they were beaten 3-1 at Norwich City in a defeat which saw them slip ten points behind the play-off places with seven games to play.

Dougie Freedman's men are in superb form on their own turf though having recorded five consecutive victories at The City Ground and will be in confident mood tomorrow having scored 13 goals during those five home wins.


Tomorrow's visitors Wolves arrive on Trentside unbeaten in their last four league games and on the back of consecutive wins over Sheffield Wednesday and Derby County in a run which has kept them in touch with the top six.

It is tough to predict what Kenny Jackett's men will produce away from home with Wanderers having won two, drawn two and lost two of their six matches on the road but a 4-1 win at Huddersfield highlights their attacking prowess.

Wolves' mid-season slump which saw them lose five in a row during November and December seems firmly in the past now and Jackett will hope that victory at The City Ground tomorrow can push his side into the play-off spots.

Haven't we met before?

Nottingham Forest ran out comfortable 3-0 winners in the reverse fixture at Molineux in November as goals from Britt Assombalonga, Matty Fryatt and Henri Lansbury gave The Reds an impressive victory in the West Midlands.

The last meeting between the two sides at The City Ground saw Forest take all three points in March 2013 as they fought back from a goal behind to win 3-1 thanks to a brace from Henri Lansbury and a strike from Lewis McGugan.

Wolves' most recent victory on Trentside came back in March 2009 as Michael Kightly struck with 14 minutes remaining to give Mick McCarthy's league leaders the spoils against Billy Davies's Forest side.


Are tickets available?

Tickets are still available for tomorrow's game against Wolves.

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

Is there hospitality available?

Hospitality is selling very quickly for tomorrow's game against Wolves with many packages already sold out. However, there is still limited availability in Castle Club hospitality.

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

Are there any offers on?

Nottingham Forest are offering supporters new concourse catering options for tomorrow's visit of Wolves.

Until 2.30pm tomorrow afternoon, all bottles of Carlsberg and IPA are down from £3.80 per bottle to £2 while any pie and hot drink meal is down from £5.10 to just £4.

There will fruit bags on offer to the club's young supporters in the family area while chicken curry, rice and naan bread as well as Rollover hotdogs will be available in all areas of the ground.

The above offer is open to both Nottingham Forest and Wolves supporters.

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 Saturday, 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 Wolves.

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

There is a feature interview with Reds midfielder Ben Osborn as he chats about his England debut, an update on the Under 21 and Under 18 sides as they sit top of their respective leagues and the usual entertaining columns from Guardian football writer Danny Taylor and comedian Matt Forde.

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 11/8 favourites to keep up their strong home form against Wolves tomorrow with the draw priced at 23/10 and a win for the away side slightly further in at 19/10.

A repeat of The Reds' 3-0 win in the reverse fixture at Molineux in November has odds of 22/1 or if you fancy Forest to grab another 3-1 City Ground win over Wanderers then that is priced at 20/1.

Chuba Akpom could be in line to make his Nottingham Forest debut tomorrow following his loan signing from Arsenal and he can be backed at 13/2 to score the first goal of the game or at 2/1 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 Wolves.

Who is in charge?

Referee: Andy D'Urso
Assistant Referees: Ross Joyce and Daniel Cook
Fourth official: Geoff Eltringham

Who else is playing?

Birmingham v Rotherham
Brighton v Norwich
Fulham v Brentford
Middlesbrough v Wigan
Millwall v Charlton
Ipswich v Bournemouth (Friday, kick-off 5.15pm)
Derby v Watford (Friday, kick-off 7.45pm)
Bolton v Blackpool (Saturday, kick-off 3pm)
Leeds v Blackburn (Saturday, kick-off 3pm)
Reading v Cardiff (Saturday, kick-off 3pm)
Sheffield Wednesday v Huddersfield (Saturday, kick-off 3pm)


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