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Match pack: Bournemouth (H)

24 February 2015

Get all the news and views ahead of Nottingham Forest's Sky Bet Championship clash with AFC Bournemouth at The City Ground tomorrow night (kick-off 7.45pm).

        Nottingham Forest v AFC Bournemouth       
   Sky Bet Championship
Wednesday 25 February 2015 (kick-off 7.45pm)
The City Ground

Pre-match brief

A mouthwatering contest is in store at The City Ground on Wednesday night as in-form Nottingham Forest put their recent unbeaten record on the line against Eddie Howe's promotion-chasing Bournemouth.

In sweeping aside Bolton Wanderers 4-1 on Saturday afternoon, Forest made it three wins and a draw from Dougie Freedman's first four matches in charge so confidence is high ahead of the Cherries' visit.

But in Bournemouth The Reds will be coming up against one of the division's best footballing sides and, with Howe's men sitting just one point off the automatic promotion slots, an entertaining game is in the making.

Team news

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman could name the same side which beat Bolton Wanderers at the weekend with Henri Lansbury again set to captain the team having held the armband for Saturday's win over the Trotters.

Michael Mancienne and Kelvin Wilson returned to the substitutes' bench at the weekend and should be among the squad for Wednesday's game while Andy Reid, Jack Hobbs, Chris Cohen and Britt Assombalonga remain sidelined.

Bournemouth winger Matt Ritchie could miss his first league match of the season with a leg problem which saw him substituted in the weekend defeat against Brentford but he will face a late fitness test ahead of the game.

South African international striker Tokelo Rantie is back in training following a shoulder injury and could be fit enough for a place on the bench but midfielder Harry Arter will serve the second game of his two-match ban. 

View from the Red corner

Dougie Freedman: "I want to make The City Ground a place where teams fear to come. That’s what it is right now.

"I know exactly what Bournemouth will bring to us. They’ve got a certain style, which the players will need to understand, but I do believe it’s all about us.

"Right now we’ve got a squad that’s looking forward to every match."

Click here to read more of the manager's thoughts ahead of the visit of Bournemouth.

What's the form guide?

Nottingham Forest stretched their unbeaten run to four matches with Saturday's 4-1 victory over Bolton Wanderers at The City Ground and under Dougie Freedman, The Reds have now taken ten points from the last 12 available.

Although Tuesday night's matches have left Forest 15 points adrift of the play-off places, Freedman's men will be aiming to make it four wins from five against Bournemouth and strengthen their grip on ninth spot in the table.


Bournemouth have hit a slight blip in form and are winless in their last three matches as home draws against Derby (2-2) and Huddersfield (1-1) were followed up by a 3-1 defeat at fellow promotion chasers Brentford on Saturday.

The Cherries slipped to fourth in the Sky Bet Championship table as a result of Tuesday night's games but know a win at The City Ground will push them back up to within a point of the automatic promotion places.

Haven't we met before?

Nottingham Forest ran out 2-1 winners in the reverse fixture between the two sides in mid-August as goals from Britt Assombalonga and Matty Fryatt earned victory at the Goldsands Stadium after Callum Wilson's opener.

In the corresponding fixture last season, Marc Pugh's last-gasp equaliser gave newly-promoted Bournemouth a share of the spoils at The City Ground after Henri Lansbury had curled home a 30-yard effort for Forest.

Forest's last home win over Bournemouth came in April 2007 as a brace from Kris Commons and a strike from David Prutton gave The Reds a comfortable 3-0 victory over the ten-man Cherries.


Are tickets available?

Tickets are still available for tomorrow's game against AFC Bournemouth.

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

Is there hospitality available?

Hospitality packages are still available for Wednesday's visit of AFC Bournemouth to The City Ground with a special 'German Night' taking place in The Robin Hood Suite and Directors' Club.

European Cup legend Garry Birtles will be returning as the VIP, offering interviews in all hospitality areas before kick-off.

For more information on other packages or to make a booking, please e-mail hospitality@nottinghamforest.co.uk or call 0115 982 4450.

What if I can't make the game?

Live audio commentary will be available on Forest Player, as well as free 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 Thursday, as well as all the reaction from the Forest camp.

Is there a programme?

The official matchday programme is available to buy and download for tomorrow's meeting with Bournemouth.

The 76-page edition, priced at £3, includes a columns from Fawaz Al Hasawi, Dougie Freedman and Chris Cohen.

There is a feature interview with Reds defender Danny Collins, a look back on last weekend's win over Bolton and the usual entertaining columns from Guardian football writer Danny Taylor and comedian Matt Forde.

Forest fans are reminded that they can download the official matchday magazine to their iPad or iPhone. Perfect for supporters unable to attend the game, the download can be accessed via this app now.

Hard copies will be available from all the usual outlets around The City Ground.

What are the odds?

Nottingham Forest are the 19/10 outsiders to make it two home wins in five days this evening with the draw priced at 5/2 while a win for the visitors Bournemouth has odds of 5/2.

A repeat of Forest's 2-1 win at Bournemouth's Goldsands Stadium earlier in the campaign can be backed at 9/1 or if you fancy The Reds to record back-to-back 4-1 wins then that scoreline is priced at 50/1.

Henri Lansbury took the captain's armband for Saturday's win over Bolton Wanderers and the skipper is priced at 9/1 to score the first goal this evening or 3/1 to score at any time.

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

Who is in charge?

Referee: Nigel Miller
Assistant Referees: Mark Dwyer and Darren Strain
Fourth official: Mick Russell


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