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Match pack: Blackpool (A)

13 February 2015

Get all the news and views ahead of Nottingham Forest's Sky Bet Championship trip to Blackpool on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

 Blackpool v Nottingham Forest
Sky Bet Championship
Saturday 14 February (kick-off 3pm)
Bloomfield Road

Pre-match brief

Having picked up two wins from his first two matches in charge, Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman takes his side to Bloomfield Road this weekend for a tricky assignment against relegation-threatened Blackpool.

Back-to-back victories over Brighton and Wigan have reinstalled confidence in the Forest camp but Lee Clark's men will provide tough opposition in Lancashire as they continue to battle to save their Sky Bet Championship status.

Forest will make the journey north knowing that a win over Blackpool will see them record three consecutive victories for the first time since they beat Reading, Huddersfield and Sheffield Wednesday at the end of August 2014.

Team news

Nottingham Forest striker Britt Assombalonga has been ruled out indefinitely after being stretchered off in Wednesday's night win over Wigan as the club continues to wait on results of the 22-year-old's MRI scan.

Matty Fryatt and Dexter Blackstock will both be vying to take Assombalonga's place after the pair made substitute appearances in midweek while Michael Mancienne could also be in contention for a spot on the bench.

Blackpool manager Lee Clark is confident that defender Charles Dunne will recover in time to face Forest tomorrow after he limped from the field in the Seasiders' 2-1 home defeat to Middlesbrough on Tuesday night.

The game at Bloomfield Road is expected to come too soon for striker Saer Sene as he continues to recover from illness while defender Grant Hall, on loan from Tottenham, is still a week away from making an appearance.

What's the form guide?

Nottingham Forest made it two wins in five days on Wednesday as they backed up the weekend success at Brighton with a 3-0 home win over Wigan thanks to goals from Britt Assombalonga, Chris Burke and Henri Lansbury.

The wins have pushed The Reds back up to 10th in the Sky Bet Championship table and with three victories in their last five matches, Forest may now be beginning to discover a decent run of form as they head to Bloomfield Road.


Blackpool head into tomorrow's clash on the back of consecutive defeats at Norwich (4-0) and then at home to Middlesbrough (2-1) with the Lancashire remaining rooted to the bottom of the table and ten points adrift of safety. 

Before the midweek home defeat to the league leaders, Bloomfield Road had provided some comfort to Lee Clark's men with a draw against Rotherham being followed up by home wins over relegation rivals Millwall and Brighton.

Haven't we met before?

The two teams met at The City Ground on the opening day of the 2014-15 season as first-half goals from Michail Antonio and Chris Burke saw Forest get off to the perfect start with a comfortable 2-0 success on Trentside.

In the corresponding fixture last season it took an 86th-minute equaliser from Andy Keogh to rescue a point for Blackpool after Jamaal Lascelles had put Forest in front on the stroke of half-time as the spoils were shared.

Forest's last win at Bloomfield Road came back in October 2011 as a goal from Kevin Phillips cancelled out Wes Morgan's opener before Radoslaw Majewski netted the winner with 14 minutes to play.

 

Are tickets available?

Tickets for Nottingham Forest's Sky Bet Championship trip to Blackpool have now sold out.

No further tickets will be made available to Forest fans for this fixture.

How do I get there?

The route into Blackpool comes courtesy of the M55 motorway, which can be accessed by coming off at Junction 32 on the M6. The best route for visiting supporters is to follow the M55 to the bottom, take the second exit at the roundabout and head straight down Yeadon Way onto Seasiders Way.

Please note: from 10 November 2014 Yeadon Way will be closed for five months due to essential maintenance work. Supporters are advised to follow the diversions in place.

On-site parking is extremely limited at Bloomfield Road so visiting supporters are advised to use the council pay and display car parks over the road from the stadium.

Blackpool South is the closest train station and is situated approximately a ten minute walk away from Bloomfield Road. Trains run directly to both Preston and Blackburn from Blackpool South. Blackpool North is linked directly to Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds and Preston, but is a short drive from the stadium.

What if I can't make the game?

Live audio commentary will be available on Forest Player, as well as live text commentary on www.nottinghamforest.co.uk and via @Official_NFFC on Twitter.

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

What are the odds?

Nottingham Forest are the 19/20 favourites to keep up Dougie Freedman's 100% record as Reds manager with a win at Bloomfield Road with the draw priced at 5/2 and a Blackpool victory further out at 14/5.

A repeat of The Reds' 2-0 win over the same opponents earlier in the season can be backed at 15/2 while for supporters who fancy Forest to be ahead at half-time and full-time then that is priced at 21/10.

Henri Lansbury has netted four goals in as many matches over recent weeks and the Forest midfielder can be backed at 11/4 to score again tomorrow and is priced at 8/1 to grab the first goal of the game at Bloomfield Road.

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

Who is in charge?

Referee: Lee Probert
Assistant Referees: Ronald Ganfield and Andrew Halliday
Fourth Official: Darren Bond

Who else is playing?

Bolton v Watford
Bournemouth v Huddersfield
Charlton v Brentford
Fulham v Ipswich
Leeds v Millwall
Norwich v Wolves
Sheffield Wednesday v Brighton


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