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Match pack: Cardiff (A)

29 December 2015

Nottingham Forest face a quick turnaround as they make the journey to Cardiff City tonight (kick-off 7.45pm) with the aim of stretching their unbeaten run to seven matches.


Pre-match brief

Victory at the home of Cardiff City has eluded Nottingham Forest since November 2010 but a win for Dougie Freedman's side in South Wales this evening will move them into the top half of the Sky Bet Championship table.

Recent performances at Wolves and Blackburn have shown Forest's ability to battle hard and grind out a result and tonight's game presents them with a good chance to beat a Cardiff side who have struggled to find form.

Defeats at Birmingham and MK Dons in their last two games have halted Cardiff's charge towards the play-off places but Russell Slade possesses a lot of quality within his squad and the Welshmen will be dangerous opposition this evening.

View from the Red corner

Dorus de Vries: "It might be a good time to play them but, on the other hand, they will have had two days off and we’ll have had one as we’re travelling on Monday. We don’t want to use that as an excuse of course – we want to go for the three points.

“We’ve got a little run going and we’re looking forward to the Cardiff game because we want to put things right by taking three points and keeping our momentum.“ 

Last time out

Nottingham Forest made it seven home games without defeat on Sunday afternoon as Nelson Oliveira's sixth goal of the campaign earned them a battling 1-1 draw with Leeds United at The City Ground.

Oliveira gave The Reds a first-half lead as he capitalised on a defensive mix-up from the visitors but Sam Byram rifled home a shot with ten minutes to play to ensure Leeds would take a point back to Yorkshire.

Forest: De Vries, Lichaj, Mills, Hobbs, Mancienne, Lansbury (c), Vaughan (O.Burke 83'), Mendes (Ward 62'), Osborn, Oliveira, O'Grady (Tesche 68')


Cardiff suffered a disappointing Boxing Day defeat, 2-1 at Milton Keynes Dons, as the Bluebirds lost ground in the race for the Championship play-offs with a second consecutive loss away from home.

Craig Noone equalised for Cardiff with nine minutes to play after Nicky Maynard had opened the scoring for the home side but Josh Murphy grabbed a stoppage-time winner to condemn Russell Slade's side to defeat.

Cardiff: Marshall, Peltier, Manga, Connolly, Malone, Pilkington, Gunnarsson, Ralls, Ameobi (Noone 69), Watt, Jones

Previous encounters

Nottingham Forest were beaten 2-1 in the corresponding fixture last season as The Reds endured a sixth consecutive game without victory with their promising start to the campaign fading quickly.

Goals from Federico Macheda and Peter Whittingham gave the home side a commanding early lead and Britt Assombalonga's consolation goal came too late for Forest to take anything away from South Wales.


Are tickets available?

Tickets for Nottingham Forest's Sky Bet Championship trip to Cardiff City are now off sale.

No tickets will be available to away supporters upon arrival at the Cardiff City Stadium.

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?

Official Football League betting partners Sky Bet are offering odds of 21/10 on Nottingham Forest emerging victorious at Cardiff on Tuesday night with the draw being offered at the same price and a home win at 7/5.

Forest's last win at Cardiff was a 2-0 success back in November 2010 and a repeat of that scoreline can be backed at 12/1 while a 1-0 victory for The Reds has odds of 7/1.

Nelson Oliveira grabbed his sixth goal of the season in Sunday's draw with Leeds United and the Portuguese striker is priced at 13/2 to be the first goalscorer tonight or 5/2 to score at any time during the 90 minutes.

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

Around the grounds

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

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