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Match pack: Brighton (A)

7 August 2015

Get all the news and views ahead of Nottingham Forest's Sky Bet Championship trip to Brighton and Hove Albion on Friday night (kick-off 7.45pm).

Pre-match brief

Nottingham Forest's opening game of the 2015-16 Sky Bet Championship season takes them to Brighton and Hove Albion on Friday night (kick-off 7.45pm) as they aim to start the new campaign in the best possible fashion.

Dougie Freedman's men head down to the south coast on the back of some positive pre-season performances against Swansea and Aston Villa among others but face a tough examination against Chris Hughton's Seagulls side.

The home side have been boosted this week by the return of their former talismanic striker Bobby Zamora but, in front of a national television audience, Forest will want to get their season up and running with maximum points.

Team news

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman says midfielder Ben Osborn should be ready to play in Friday’s season-opener at Brighton despite suffering a dislocated shoulder in the pre-season friendly at Doncaster Rovers.

New signing Daniel Pinillos missed a chunk of pre-season and is not expected to be fit enough to start while Matty Fryatt, Chris Cohen, Britt Assombalonga and Andy Reid remained on the sidelines through injury.

Brighton striker Bobby Zamora returned to the club for a second spell on Monday and could start against Forest on Friday night to form a new attacking partnership with fellow summer signing Tomer Hemed.

Andrew Crofts (knee) missed the majority of last season after suffering a serious knee injury in October and is not expected to play a part despite having recently stepped up his rehabilitation efforts.

View from the Red corner

Dougie Freedman: "My expectations are high, I’m looking forward to it.

“We’ve worked very hard on team ethics. We are team that’s going to be hard-working and disciplined, and we won’t be relying on talent.

“If we can have those principles in the team and we can get some fresh, younger legs as well – exciting players – we can push on."

For more of the manager's thoughts ahead of tonight's trip to Brighton, please click here.

Last time out

Despite being 3-1 down at one point, goals from Dexter Blackstock, Henri Lansbury and Kelvin Wilson were enough to earn Forest a 3-3 draw against Aston Villa in their final pre-season friendly at The City Ground.

Forest: De Vries, Lichaj, Mills, Wilson, Fox, Antonio (C.Burke 75'), Lansbury (c), Tesche, Vaughan (Mancienne 69'), Ward (Paterson 79'), Blackstock (Walker 75')

Chris Hughton's men rounded off their pre-season schedule with a 1-0 win over UEFA Europa League winners Sevilla as summer signing Tomer Hemed converted an 18th-minute penalty to give Brighton a 1-0 win.

Brighton: Stockdale, Bruno (Rosenior 72), Greer, Dunk, Bong, March (Calderon 72), Stephens (Ince 82), Kayal, LuaLua (O'Grady 80), Hemed (Forster-Caskey 80), Baldock (Holla 72)

Previous encounters

The Amex Stadium has proved a fruitful hunting ground for Forest in recent years with The Reds having won two and drawn one of their last three visits to the south coast, including last season's 3-2 victory.

For a more detailed look at Forest's recent visits to Brighton, please click here.

Are tickets available?

Tickets for Nottingham Forest's Sky Bet Championship trip to Brighton 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 9/4 outsiders to take all three points away from the Amex Stadium tomorrow with the draw priced at 11/5 and a victory for the home side being priced as the current favourite at 5/4.

Michail Antonio ended last season with 15 goals to his name and supporters can get price-boosted odds of 8/1 on the Forest winger scoring in a win for The Reds tomorrow night.

Dougie Freedman could hand debuts to a couple of his new signings in Jamie Ward and Matt Mills and Forest fans can back them at 11/4 and 10/1 respectively to get on the scoresheet in the season's opening game.

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

Around the grounds

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

Cardiff v Fulham (Saturday, kick-off 12pm)
Leeds v Burnley (Saturday, kick-off 12.30pm)
Birmingham v Reading
Blackburn v Wolves
Bolton v Derby
Brentford v Ipswich
Charlton v QPR
Hull v Huddersfield
Rotherham v MK Dons
Sheffield Wednesday v Bristol City
Preston v Middlesbrough (Sunday, kick-off 12pm)

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