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Match pack: Rotherham (H)

13 August 2015

Get all the news ahead of Nottingham Forest's Sky Bet Championship match against Rotherham United at The City Ground on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

Pre-match brief

Nottingham Forest are unbeaten in the last 18 meetings in all competitions against Rotherham United, winning nine, but Steve Evans' men will pose a significant threat when they visit The City Ground on Saturday afternoon.

Following defeats to Brighton and Walsall in their first two matches of the campaign, The Reds are under pressure to get their season up and running at the third time of asking when the Millers arrive on Trentside.

Three former Forest men are in contention to face Dougie Freedman's men on Saturday with Danny Collins, Greg Halford and Matt Derbyshire aiming to be part of the first Rotherham side to win at The City Ground since 1955.

Last time out

Nottingham Forest were knocked out of the Capital One Cup at the first-round stage as goals from Tyler Walker and Michail Antonio (2) could not prevent The Reds from being beaten 4-3 by League One side Walsall at The City Ground.

Forest: De Vries, Lichaj, Wilson (c), Hobbs, Fox, Ward (Antonio 78'), Mancienne, Vaughan, C Burke (O Burke 78'), Paterson (Blackstock 71'), Walker


Rotherham booked a spot in the second round of the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night as Jordan Bowery's first-half strike was enough to see off League Two side Cambridge United at the New York Stadium.

Rotherham: Roos, Buxton (Richardson 76'), Collins, Frecklington, Ledesma, White, Halford, Bowery (D Ward 80'), Newell (G Ward 73'), Derbyshire, Smallwood

A previous encounter


Are tickets available?

Tickets for Nottingham Forest's first Sky Bet Championship home game of the season against Rotherham United are still available.

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

Starting the season in style

Nottingham Forest supporters can begin the season in supreme comfort with a matchday hospitality package, starting from just £62 + VAT pp.

To book one of the hospitality packages below, call the commercial team on 0115 982 4450 (Mon - Fri, 9am-5pm).

Castle Club

- Padded seat in the Trent End viewing gallery
- Access to the Pitch Sports Diner
- Pre-order half-time and full-time drinks

Adults - £62 + VAT pp
Under 16s - £31 + VAT pp

1865 Club

- Padded seat by the half-way line
- Access to private members bar
- Post match interview with first team player*

£82 + VAT pp

* subject to availability

What else is happening?

For the first time this season, Sherwood's Hideout will be open to young supporters in the Main Stand which includes face-painting, a games console, the chance to have a photograph taken in front of the Nottingham Forest press backdrop and an opportunity to meet some special visitors.

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 www.nottinghamforest.co.uk 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.

Is there a programme?

The official matchday programme will be available to buy and download for Saturday's meeting with Rotherham.

The 76-page edition, priced at £3, includes columns from chairman and owner Fawaz Al Hasawi, manager Dougie Freedman and a retro front cover from the 1986-87 season.

There is a feature interview with former Forest man Duncan McKenzie, summer signing Matt Mills discusses his move to Trentside and the Guardian's football writer Danny Taylor pens his latest Forest-related thoughts.

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.

Fancy a flutter?

Nottingham Forest are the 4/5 favourites to open their Sky Bet Championship account with three points against Rotherham on Saturday with the draw priced at 11/4 and a win for the visitors out at 16/5.

A repeat of The Reds' 2-0 victory in the corresponding fixture last season can be backed at 7/1 while an even more comfortable 3-0 win for Dougie Freedman's men is priced at 14/1.

Michail Antonio bagged a brace in Tuesday night's Capital One Cup defeat to Walsall and the winger is 11/2 to be the first goalscorer in Saturday's game or 15/8 to find the net at any time during the 90 minutes.

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

Around the grounds

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

Burnley v Birmingham (Saturday, kick-off 12.30pm)
Bristol City v Brentford
Derby v Charlton
Fulham v Brighton
Huddersfield v Blackburn
Ipswich v Sheffield Wednesday
Middlesbrough v Bolton
MK Dons v Preston
QPR v Cardiff (Saturday, kick-off 5.15pm)
Wolves v Hull (Sunday, kick-off 12pm)
Reading v Leeds (Sunday, kick-off 3pm)

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