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Match pack: Wigan (H)

11 February 2015

Get all the news and views ahead of Dougie Freedman's first home game in charge of Nottingham Forest against Wigan Athletic on Wednesday night (kick-off 7.45pm).


    Nottingham Forest v Wigan Athletic      
Sky Bet Championship
Wednesday 11 February 2015 (kick-off 7.45pm)
The City Ground

Pre-match brief

Following Saturday's 3-2 victory at Brighton, Nottingham Forest are aiming to make it two wins in five days tomorrow night as they come up against a struggling Wigan Athletic side at The City Ground.

Dougie Freedman made the perfect start to his reign as Forest boss with the weekend win at the Amex Stadium but will want to improve on that success when Malky Mackay's relegation-threatened Latics arrive on Trentside.

Forest have not tasted victory on their own turf since 8 November but will be looking to put that right against Wigan tomorrow evening and, potentially, move back into the Sky Bet Championship's top ten.

Team news

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman has no new injury concerns for tomorrow's visit of Wigan with both Chris Burke and Danny Collins having shaken off minor knocks picked up in the weekend win at Brighton.

Michael Mancienne will miss tomorrow's game as he closes in on a return to action after injury while Matty Fryatt and Dexter Blackstock should both be available for selection after making the substitutes' bench at the Amex Stadium.

Wigan manager Malky Mackay made four changes to his side for Saturday's game against Bournemouth but still saw them beaten 3-1 so the Latics boss could be tempted to rotate his selection for the trip to The City Ground.

Striker Billy McKay made his debut for Wigan at the weekend appearing as a second-half substitute and could be handed a first start tomorrow night alongside Saturday's goalscorer Leon Clarke.

What's the form guide?

Nottingham Forest achieved their second win in 12 matches on Saturday as goals from Danny Collins, Henri Lansbury and Ben Osborn gave them an impressive 3-2 win at Brighton and Hove Albion's Amex Stadium.

The result allowed Dougie Freedman's side to move ten points clear of the Sky Bet Championship relegation zone and they will be aiming for their first home win since the 2-1 victory over Norwich back on 8 November.


Wigan's 3-1 defeat at home to league leaders Bournemouth on Saturday now means that the Latics have gone seven matches without a win in all competitions in a run which has included five losses and two draws.

Malky Mackay's side sit firmly entrenched inside the Sky Bet Championship relegation zone and the weekend defeat to the Cherries has left them just two points above Blackpool, the side propping up the division.

Despite their struggles over the course of the 2014-15 campaign, Wigan have picked up a couple of impressive results away from home this season including a 2-1 win at Derby and a 2-0 victory at Leeds.

Haven't we met before?

Nottingham Forest and Wigan Athletic shared a goalless draw in the reverse fixture at the DW Stadium back in September with the best chances falling to Henri Lansbury and Michail Antonio who both missed from close range.

The corresponding fixture between the two teams last season saw the Latics run out comfortable winners at The City Ground as goals from Martyn Waghorn, Emmerson Boyce, James McArthur and Jordi Gomez sealed a 4-1 victory.

Earlier in the season, a stunning free-kick from Andy Reid had given Forest the lead at Wigan but the home side came from behind to win 2-1 thanks to a Shaun Maloney penalty and a strike from Gomez.


Are tickets available?

Tickets are still available for Dougie Freedman's first home game in charge of Nottingham Forest against Wigan Athletic.

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 Wigan to The City Ground including a special 'Pie Night' across all hospitality areas.

Former Forest goalkeeper and assistant manager Alan Hill will be returning as the VIP guest, offering interviews in all hospitality areas before kick-off.

For more information 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 Wigan Athletic.

The 76-page edition, priced at £3, includes columns from Fawaz Al Hasawi as he discusses the appointment of Dougie Freedman while the new Forest manager pens his first programme notes since his arrival on Trentside.

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.

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

What are the odds?

Nottingham Forest are the firm 10/11 favourites to record a long-overdue home win against Wigan tomorrow night with the draw priced at 5/2 and an away win slightly further out at 3/1.

Danny Collins found the back of the net on his return to first-team action at Brighton on Saturday and he can be backed at 9/1 to score once again or at 28/1 to find the first goal of the contest.

There are odds of 8/1 on The Reds recording a 2-0 victory over their Lancashire opponents or for supporters who fancy a more comfortable City Ground evening, a 3-0 Forest win can be backed at 16/1.

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

Who is in charge?

Referee: Oliver Langford
Assistant Referees: Mark Howes and Tom Nield
Fourth official: Kevin Wright


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