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Match pack: Bolton (A)

21 August 2015

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

Pre-match brief

Nottingham Forest are unbeaten in their last six meetings against this weekend's opponents Bolton Wanderers but The Reds have yet to taste victory at the Macron Stadium since its opening back in August 1997.

Saturday's game represents a good opportunity for Dougie Freedman's men to finally take all three points against a Trotters side who have not found the back of the net in their opening four matches of the new campaign.

On the back of a 2-1 win over Rotherham and an entertaining goalless draw against Charlton in midweek, Forest make the journey north in good spirits but will be confronted by a Wanderers side desperate to open their account for the season.

Team news

Nottingham Forest midfielder Jamie Ward faces a race against time to be fit for the trip to Bolton after picking up an injury in Tuesday's draw with Charlton so new signing Kyle Ebecilios could make his debut subject to international clearance.

Ben Osborn returned to the bench in midweek after recovering from a dislocated shoulder and will hope to play a part at the Macron Stadium while former Bolton man Matt Mills is expected to feature against his previous employers.

Bolton manager Neil Lennon is expected to include Arsenal loanee Wellington Silva in his matchday following the forward's signing yesterday but the game may come too soon for fellow new signing Francesco Pisano.

Wanderers defender Dean Moxey has had a scan on the injury he sustained in Tuesday's defeat at Milton Keynes Dons and should be to face Forest but Max Clayton (knee), Derik Osede (ankle), David Wheater (calf) and Darren Pratley (ankle) all remain sidelined.

Last time out

Nottingham Forest and Charlton Athletic shared a goalless draw at The City Ground on Tuesday night as chances in front of goal for Henri Lansbury, Oliver Burke and Jorge Grant weren't taken.

Forest: De Vries, Lichaj, Wilson, Mills, Mancienne, O Burke, Vaughan, Lansbury (c), C Burke, Ward (Grant 55'), Blackstock (Walker 54')

Neil Lennon's Bolton were beaten 1-0 at Milton Keynes Dons on Tuesday night as Daniel Powell's goal on the hour mark for the home side means that Wanderers' search for a first victory will be extended to Saturday's game.

Bolton: Amos, Wilson, Dervite, Gouano, Moxey (Dobbie 80'), Vela (Walker 90'), Davies, Danns, Clough, Feeney (Heskey 68'), Madine

Previous encounters

Nottingham Forest and Bolton Wanderers shared a 2-2 draw at the Macron Stadium last season as a brace from Britt Assombalonga earned Forest a point after goals from Joe Mason and David Wheater had twice put Bolton ahead.

The Reds' last victory at Bolton came in the League Cup in October 1991 as goals from Roy Keane (2), Teddy Sheringham, Tommy Gaynor and Kingsley Black gave Forest a 5-2 win at Burnden Park.

Are tickets available?

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

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

What if I can't make the game?

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

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

Fancy a flutter?

Nottingham Forest are the 21/10 outsiders to take all three points away from the Macron Stadium tomorrow with the draw priced at 23/10 and a victory for the home side being priced as the current favourite at 13/10.

Matt Mills returns to his former club for the first time since signing for Forest in the summer and the defender can be backed at 28/1 to score the first goal of the game or at 9/1 to find the net in the 90 minutes.

A repeat of last season's 2-2 draw between the sides in the corresponding fixture has odds of 12/1 while supporters who fancy Forest to get their first away win of the season with a 2-1 victory can get odds of 9/1. 

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

Around the grounds

All games to be played at 3pm on Saturday unless stated

Birmingham v Derby (Friday, kick-off 7.45pm)
Leeds v Sheffield Wednesday (Saturday, kick-off 12.30pm)
Brighton v Blackburn
Burnley v Brentford
Charlton v Hull
Fulham v Huddersfield
Middlesbrough v Bristol City
Preston v Ipswich
QPR v Rotherham
Reading v MK Dons
Cardiff v Wolves (Saturday, kick-off 5.15pm)

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