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Match pack: Blackburn (A)

13 December 2015

Paul Lambert's Blackburn Rovers are the next opposition for Nottingham Forest as The Reds aim to make it four matches unbeaten at Ewood Park on Monday night (kick-off 7.45pm).

Pre-match brief

Just 72 hours on from their 1-1 draw at Wolverhampton Wanderers, Nottingham Forest are on the road again as they make the journey to Blackburn Rovers looking to continue their good recent run of form.

The Reds know that a win at Ewood Park would see them close the gap on the play-off places to four points before Tuesday's round of matches but they will come up against a Rovers side full of confidence.

Paul Lambert has won three and drawn one of his four games in charge of the Lancashire outfit and they will be aiming to make a move into the top seven in the Sky Bet Championship with victory on Monday night.

Last time out

Dexter Blackstock's late equaliser earned Nottingham Forest a share of the spoils at Wolverhampton Wanderers on Friday night as The Reds left Molineux with a highly-creditable 1-1 draw.

Ethan Ebanks-Landell had given the home side an early lead but Forest stuck to the task and Blackstock volleyed home Henri Lansbury's corner with ten minutes to play to hand Dougie Freedman's men a point.

Forest: De Vries, Lichaj, Mancienne, Mills, Pinillos, Lansbury (c), Vaughan, Osborn (Williams 78'), Mendes (Blackstock 78'), Oliveira, O'Grady (Ward 67')


Blackburn Rovers made it seven games without defeat on Friday night as they overcame struggling Rotherham United by a goal to nil at Ewood Park thanks to Luke Hyam's own goal after 30 minutes.

The result lifted Rovers up to 11th in the Sky Bet Championship table and leaves Paul Lambert's side sitting just four points off the play-off places going into the hectic festive schedule.

Blackburn: Steele, Henley, Duffy, Hanley (c), Olsson, Marshall (Taylor 82'), Evans, Akpan, Conway, Lawrence (Brown 66'), Rhodes (Guthrie 88')

Previous encounters

Blackburn and Nottingham Forest shared a thrilling 3-3 draw in the corresponding fixture at Ewood Park last season as a hat-trick from Rudy Gestede wasn't enough to see off Dougie Freedman's battling Reds.

Both sides were left with little to play for as the campaign drew to a close but Forest were still able to take a point away from an entertaining contest thanks to Michail Antonio's brace and a strike from Henri Lansbury.


Are tickets available?

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

For more information and a 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 Tuesday, as well as all the reaction from the Forest camp.
Fancy a flutter?

Nottingham Forest are the 13/5 outsiders to take all three points away from Ewood Park on Monday night with the draw priced at 9/4 and a win for the home side as the current favourite at 11/10.

There are odds of 8/1 being offered on a slender 1-0 win for Forest in Lancashire while a repeat of the 3-3 draw between the sides in this fixture last season can be backed at 80/1.

Official Football League betting partners Sky Bet are offering a price boost of 100/1 for supporters who fancy Ryan Mendes to score first at Ewood Park and Forest to win the game by two goals to one.

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

Around the grounds

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

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

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