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Match pack: Derby (A)

16 January 2015

Get all the news and views ahead of Nottingham Forest's Sky Bet Championship trip to Derby County on Saturday (kick-off 12.15pm).

Derby County v Nottingham Forest
Sky Bet Championship
Saturday 17 January (kick-off 12.15pm)
iPro Stadium

Pre-match brief

The East Midlands derby returns tomorrow afternoon as Forest make their shortest journey of the season to face local rivals and promotion contenders Derby County in front of the TV cameras at the iPro Stadium.

Reds boss Stuart Pearce has spoken of his excitement for tomorrow's fixture and says that his players must be ready for the occasion as they take to the field in front of a sell-out crowd.

Forest will make the trip looking to arrest a poor run of form which has seen them go without a win since 22 November but there will surely be no better time to end that sequence than at the home of their nearest rivals.

Team news

Tomorrow's game will come too soon for Michael Mancienne and Matty Fryatt as they continue to recover from injury while Britt Assombalonga faces a race against time to make the short trip to the iPro Stadium.

Henri Lansbury is available for selection after completing a two-match ban while Kelvin Wilson is also in contention for a starting berth on his return from a minor injury.

Derby midfielder John Eustace is suspended after being sent off in last weekend's win at Ipswich while Steve McClaren will also need to replace Jordan Ibe after the midfielder was recalled from his loan spell by parent club Liverpool.

New signing Stephen Warnock could feature for the home side after signing for an undisclosed fee from Leeds but otherwise McClaren is not expected to change the side that won 1-0 at Portman Road last time out.

View from the Red corner 

Stuart Pearce: "It’s a wonderful derby game for us, for our fans and for everyone in this part of the world.

"I’ve been involved in a fair few over the years and I expect this one to be a highly-charged game.

"Derby are doing particularly well at the moment and it’s a great game we should be relishing."

Click here to read more of Pearce's thoughts ahead of the match against Derby.

What's the form guide?

Nottingham Forest suffered their fourth straight defeat last weekend as Sheffield Wednesday left The City Ground with a 2-0 victory and The Reds have now gone eight games without a win in all competitions.

The form book does not make good reading for Forest with just two wins from their last 20 outings and they will need to start picking up points if they are to avoid slipping further than their current position of 13th in the table.

Derby have won their last four matches in all competitions without conceding a goal including Sky Bet Championship victories against Birmingham (4-0), Leeds (2-0) and Ipswich (1-0).

The Rams now sit joint-top of the league table with Bournemouth on 48 points and Steve McClaren's side have not been beaten at home in the league since their 2-1 defeat by Wigan on 25 October.

Haven't we met before?

The two teams last met back in September at The City Ground as Britt Assombalonga's superb finish handed Forest the lead on Trentside before Ryan Shotton smuggled home an equaliser to give Derby a point.

Forest were comfortably beaten in the corresponding fixture at the iPro Stadium last season as a hat-trick from Craig Bryson added to goals from Jeff Hendrick and Johnny Russell gave the Rams a memorable victory.

Victory that day avenged Derby's 1-0 defeat at The City Ground earlier in the campaign as Jack Hobbs' header shortly before half-time gave Forest all three points and local bragging rights.


Are tickets available?

Tickets for Nottingham Forest's Sky Bet Championship trip to Derby County are sold out to away supporters. No more tickets will be made available for this fixture.

How do I get there?

Follow the A52 West towards Derby Remain on the A52 for 5½ miles until you reach the junction for Pride Park. Follow the exit slip road to the Wyvern Way roundabout and once there go straight on (2nd exit) to join Derwent Parade. Go straight on (second exit) at the first roundabout you reach, which is next to the stadium, and turn left (first exit) at the second roundabout you reach – onto Royal Way.

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 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 15/4 outsiders to take home the derby day spoils with a win at the iPro Stadium tomorrow while the draw is priced at 11/4.

A repeat of the 1-1 draw between the sides earlier this season can be backed at 11/2 or for supporters who fancy Forest to go one better and record a 2-1 victory, that has odds of 14/1.

Stuart Pearce hopes that top scorer Britt Assombalonga will be fit for tomorrow's clash and he is priced at 13/2 to score the first goal of the derby or 2/1 to find the net at any time.

Please visit for all the latest odds for Derby v Forest.

Who is in charge?

Referee: Andrew Madley
Assistant Referees: Simeon Lucas and James Wilson
Fourth Official: Mark Haywood

Who else is playing?

Brighton v Brentford
Fulham v Reading
Leeds v Birmingham
Middlesbrough v Huddersfield
Millwall v Ipswich
Norwich v Cardiff
Rotherham v Bournemouth
Sheffield Wednesday v Bolton
Watford v Charlton
Wigan v Blackburn
Wolves v Blackpool

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