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Match pack: Fulham (H)

4 December 2015

Nottingham Forest will be looking to record a third home win in a row when they take on managerless Fulham at The City Ground on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).


Pre-match brief

Nottingham Forest and Fulham have shared 19 goals in their last three competitive meetings so an entertaining encounter could be in store when the two sides renew their rivalry at The City Ground this weekend.

The visitors arrive still under the caretaker management of Peter Grant and Forest will be confident of achieving a third home win in a row after impressive recent performances against Derby County and Reading.

Another victory for The Reds could lift them up to 13th in the Sky Bet Championship table and provide them with real momentum as they approach a hectic schedule over the upcoming Christmas period.

Last time out

Nottingham Forest secured a 3-1 victory over Reading at The City Ground on Saturday as goals from Nelson Oliviera (2) and Chris O'Grady handed them back-to-back home wins after the success against Derby.

Matej Vydra had given the visitors the perfect start as he tucked home a 14th-minute strike but O'Grady levelled six minutes later as his shot squirmed past Ali Al Habsi and into the corner of the net.

Oliveira's stunning strike put The Reds ahead before half-time and the Portuguese striker sealed the victory four minutes after the interval as he converted O'Grady cross in front of the Trent End.

Forest: De Vries, Lichaj, Hobbs, Mills, Pinillos, Mendes (Mancienne 75'), Lansbury (c), Vaughan, Osborn, Oliveira (Wilson 65'), O'Grady (Trotter 86')


Fulham's 1-1 home draw with Preston North End on Saturday means it is now four games without a win for the Cottagers as they slipped into the bottom half of the Sky Bet Championship table this weekend.

Former Forest man Joe Garner gave Preston the lead at Craven Cottage but Ross McCormack struck with a free-kick 13 minutes from time to salvage a point for the home side.

Fulham: Lewis, Fredericks, Stearman, Ream, Husband (Pringle 89'), Cairney, O'Hara, Parker (Smith 74'), Kavanagh (Hutchinson 45'), McCormack, Dembele

Previous encounter

A hat-trick from Britt Assombalonga helped Nottingham Forest to a thrilling 5-3 victory over Fulham in the corresponding fixture with Michail Antonio and Jamie Paterson also finding the net for The Reds.


Are tickets available?

Tickets for Nottingham Forest's Sky Bet Championship game against Fulham at The City Ground are still available.

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

What else is happening?

Nottingham Forest will be holding a relay race for Junior Reds members as a half-time game at Saturday's match against Fulham.

The winning relay team will win a signed item each, while the runners-up will be given a food voucher as a consolation prize.

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 Fulham.

Chairman and owner Fawaz Al Hasawi and manager Dougie Freedman give their latest thoughts while there is a feature interview with Nelson Oliveira as the Portuguese striker looks back on his recent goalscoring exploits.

There's a chance to win a copy of the new Football Manager 2016 game while this week's 'A Strip Down Memory Lane' features the 1984-86 seasons with Forest supporter Ash Edwards as the fan in the spotlight.

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 rated as the even-money favourites to beat Fulham on Saturday with the draw priced at 5/2 and a win for the visitors slightly further out at 13/5.

Goals are expected in this clash and supporters can get odds of 12/1 on a 2-2 draw or for those who fancy Forest to continue their winning run at home then a 2-1 win for The Reds can be backed at 15/2.

Nelson Oliveira has scored three goals in as many matches and the striker can be backed at 5/1 to score the first goal against Fulham or at 7/4 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 Fulham.

Around the grounds

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

Ipswich v Middlesbrough (Friday, kick-off 7.45pm)
Birmingham v Huddersfield
Bolton v Cardiff
Brentford v MK Dons
Brighton v Charlton
Bristol City v Blackburn
Burnley v Preston
Leeds v Hull
Rotherham v Wolves
Sheffield Wednesday v Derby (Sunday, kick-off 1.15pm)


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