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Match pack: MK Dons (H)

17 December 2015

Nottingham Forest will be targeting a fourth home win on the bounce when they entertain Milton Keynes Dons at The City Ground on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).


Pre-match brief

After back-to-back away games at Wolves and Blackburn, it is a return to City Ground action for Nottingham Forest on Saturday as they look to extend their unbeaten run against struggling Milton Keynes Dons.

Dougie Freedman's men have proved to be strong on their own turf in recent weeks and a win over the men from Buckinghamshire would close the gap between The Reds and the top half of the Sky Bet Championship.

Nottingham Forest and MK Dons haven't met since March 2006 and an entertaining encounter is in store when the two sides renew acquaintances at The City Ground on Saturday afternoon.

Last time out

Nottingham Forest shared the spoils with Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park on Monday night as the game ended in a goalless draw despite a late opportunity for Matt Mills to take all three points.

Forest: De Vries, Lichaj, Mancienne, Mills, Pinillos, Ward, Lansbury (c), Williams (Oliveira 57'), Tesche, Osborn, Blackstock (O'Grady 88')


Milton Keynes Dons recorded their first home win since November 3 as they beat Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 at stadium:mk and moved out of the relegation zone in the Sky Bet Championship.

Carl Baker opened the scoring in the first half before Nicky Maynard double the lead five minutes after the interval and despite Gary Hooper's late strike, the Dons held onto all three points.

MK Dons: Martin, Spence, Kay, McFadzean, Lewington (c), Potter, Carruthers (Poyet 85'), Baker, Hall (Reeves 70'), Murphy (Powell 78'), Maynard

Previous encounter

Nottingham Forest cruised to a comfortable 3-0 victory on the Dons’ last visit to The City Ground in March 2006 during the club's days in League One.

An own goal from Trent McClenahan and a strike from Grant Holt put Forest into a commanding 2-0 lead before Dons defender Dean Lewington was sent off for a foul on Nathan Tyson.

And The Reds wrapped up the three points in stoppage time at the end of the game through a header from Ian Breckin.

Are tickets available?

Tickets for Nottingham Forest's kids for a quid game against MK Dons at The City Ground 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 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 MK Dons.

Chairman and owner Fawaz Al Hasawi and manager Dougie Freedman give their latest thoughts while there is a feature interview with Dorus de Vries as he talks about his season and his Forest career so far.

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 5/6 favourites to beat MK Dons on Saturday with the draw priced at 5/2 and a win for the visitors slightly further out at 100/30.

The Reds crushed Fulham 3-0 in their last home game and can be backed at 12/1 to record the same scoreline this weekend while a slender 1-0 win for Forest has odds of 5/1.

Chris O'Grady has now scored twice in Forest colours and the striker can be backed at 5/1 to score the first goal of Saturday's game or at 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 MK Dons.

Around the grounds

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

Birmingham v Cardiff (Friday, kick-off 7.45pm)
Brighton v Middlesbrough (Saturday, kick-off 12.30pm)
Bolton v Fulham 
Brentford v Huddersfield
Bristol City v QPR
Burnley v Charlton
Ipswich v Derby
Rotherham v Hull
Sheffield Wednesday v Wolves (Sunday, kick-off 2pm)
Leeds v Preston (Sunday, kick-off 3pm)
Reading v Blackburn (Sunday, kick-off 3pm)


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