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Match pack: Walsall (H)

11 August 2015

Get all the news and views ahead of Nottingham Forest's Capital One Cup first-round tie against Walsall at The City Ground tonight (kick-off 7.45pm).

Pre-match brief

League One side Walsall provide the opposition for Nottingham Forest in the first round of the Capital One Cup this evening as The Reds aim to reach the second round of the competition for the fifth successive season.

Forest suffered opening-day defeat at Brighton on Friday night but return to the competition which saw them beat Tranmere Rovers and Huddersfield Town last season before eventually being eliminated by Tottenham Hotspur.

The game could see Jamie Paterson face his former club in a competitive fixture for the first time while there could also be opportunities for some of the club's younger players to make their name in the competition.

Team news

Nottingham Forest midfielder Robert Tesche will be out for three months with a broken metatarsal while tonight's game looks to have come too soon for Ben Osborn as he continues to recover from a dislocated shoulder.

Reds manager Dougie Freedman says he expects to be able to give opportunities to a number of the club's younger players at The City Ground in order to give them valuable first-team experience.

Walsall boss Dean Smith could name an unchanged side following a positive performance in their 1-1 opening-day draw against Oldham but the likes of Milan Lalkovic and Kieron Morris will be hoping to get into the starting line-up.

View from the Red corner

Dougie Freedman: “When you’re the manager of Nottingham Forest you’ve got to try and win every single game home and away. It’s as simple as that. That was our attitude on Friday night and that’s our attitude coming up against Walsall.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity to play the first home match of the season and for me to look at other things.

“One or two younger players will come into the team, not because of the cup competition but because of the situation we find ourselves in with Financial Fair Play and injuries.”

For more of the manager's thoughts ahead of tonight's game against Walsall, please click here.



Last time out

Nottingham Forest were beaten 1-0 at Brighton and Hove Albion on Friday night in their first game of the new Sky Bet Championship season as Kazenga LuaLua's goal condemned The Reds to defeat at the Amex Stadium.

Forest: De Vries, Lichaj, Mancienne, Hobbs, Mills, Fox (Walker, 66'), Lansbury, Antonio, Tesche (Vaughan 40'), Ward (Paterson, 80'), Blackstock


Walsall opened up their 2015-16 Sky Bet League One campaign with a 1-1 draw against Oldham Athletic on Saturday as Romaine Sawyers' opener for the Saddlers was cancelled out by Jonathan Forte eight minutes from time.

Walsall: Etheridge, Downing, O'Connor, Taylor, Demetriou, Mantom, Chambers, Cook (Lalkovic 66'), Henry (Forde 87'), Bradshaw, Sawyers

Are tickets available?

Tickets for Nottingham Forest's Capital One Cup first-round tie against Walsall 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 www.nottinghamforest.co.uk and via @Official_NFFC on Twitter.

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

Fancy a flutter?

Nottingham Forest are the 3/4 favourites to reach the second round of the Capital One Cup this evening while supporters can back The Reds at 10/1 to win in extra time or at 12/1 to progress on penalties.

Jamie Paterson could come up against his former club after moving from Walsall to Forest two years ago and the winger is priced at 6/1 to score the first goal of the game or at 2/1 to find the net during 90 minutes.

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

Around the grounds

All games to be played at 7.45pm on Tuesday unless stated

Accrington Stanley v Hull
Blackburn v Shrewsbury
Brentford v Oxford 
Bristol Rovers v Birmingham
Cardiff v Wimbledon
Carlisle v Chesterfield
Charlton v Dagenham and Redbridge
Colchester v Reading
Fleetwood v Hartlepool
Huddersfield v Notts County
Ipswich v Stevenage
Luton v Bristol City
Millwall v Barnet
MK Dons v Leyton Orient
Morecambe v Sheffield United
Northampton v Blackpool
Peterborough v Crawley
Plymouth v Gillingham
Port Vale v Burnley
Rochdale v Coventry
Rotherham v Cambridge
Scunthorpe v Barnsley
Sheffield Wednesday v Mansfield
Southend v Brighton
Swindon v Exeter
Wigan v Bury
Wolves v Newport County
Wycombe v Fulham
Yeovil v QPR
York v Bradford
Bolton v Burton Albion (Tuesday, kick-off 8pm)
Crewe v Preston (Wednesday, kick-off 7.45pm)
Oldham v Middlesbrough (Wednesday, kick-off 7.45pm)
Portsmouth v Derby (Wednesday, kick-off 7.45pm)
Doncaster v Leeds (Thursday, kick-off 7.45pm)


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