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Match pack: Charlton (A)

3 March 2015

Get all the news and views ahead of Nottingham Forest's Sky Bet Championship trip to Charlton Athletic on Tuesday night (kick-off 7.45pm).

 Charlton Athletic v Nottingham Forest
Sky Bet Championship
Tuesday 3 March (kick-off 7.45pm)
The Valley

Pre-match brief

Having successfully negotiated the month of February without defeat, Nottingham Forest will aim to start March in the same way when they make the trip to South London to face the ever-unpredictable Charlton Athletic.

With the gap between Forest and the play-off places standing at ten points, a late charge for the top six seems improbable but Dougie Freedman's men have built clear momentum on the back of five wins and a draw from six matches.

Tonight's opponents Charlton have improved dramatically under their new manager Guy Luzon and will pose a tough test for a resurgent Forest side who are desperate to close the gap on the promotion frontrunners.

Team news

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman could be tempted to rotate his squad once more for tomorrow's game after leaving Chris Burke, Gary Gardner and Dexter Blackstock out of the starting line-up at Reading.

No additional injuries or suspensions were picked up in the win at the Madejski Stadium so Britt Assombalonga, Chris Cohen, Andy Reid and Jack Hobbs are the only players Freedman cannot call upon at The Valley tonight.

Charlton will need to check on the fitness of Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Chris Solly ahead of this evening's game after the pair picked up muscle injuries in the 3-0 win against Huddersfield at the weekend.

Joe Gomez is on standby if Tal Ben Haim fails a fitness test and with Johnnie Jackson, Rhoys Wiggins and Franck Moussa remaining sidelined through injury, both Alou Diarra and Chris Eagles may be pushing for starts.

View from the Red corner

Dougie Freedman: “If we can approach the game in the same way as we did in the second half against Reading it’s a winnable game for us.

“It’s going to be tough but I look at our team right now, with the confidence we’re playing with and the fantastic travelling support, and if we choose the right attitude I can see us winning. I feel we can take the game to them.

Click here to read more of the manager's thoughts ahead of tonight's game.

What's the form guide?

Nottingham Forest made it through the month of February without defeat thanks to Saturday's 3-0 win at Reading and now sit second in the Sky Bet Championship form table with five wins and a draw from their last six matches.

The Reds have also been particularly strong away from home of late with the 3-2 defeat at Fulham standing as their only loss on the road in five games with wins coming at Derby, Brighton and Reading in recent weeks.


Charlton head into tonight's game on the back of a morale-boosting three-goal win over Huddersfield at The Valley on Saturday, a result which pushed them up into the top half of the Sky Bet Championship table.

The Addicks have won three of their last four matches with a trio of 3-0 victories over Brentford, Wigan and Huddersfield but February was an inconsistent month for Guy Luzon's side with three wins and three defeats in the bag.

Haven't we met before?

Nottingham Forest and Charlton Athletic played out a 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture at The City Ground in December with Robert Tesche's wonder strike cancelling out the opening goal of the day from Callum Harriott.

In the corresponding fixture last season Andy Reid's third-minute free-kick put Forest in front at The Valley but there were to be pegged back five minutes after the interval as Charlton grabbed a point through Marvin Sordell.

The Reds' last victory at the home of the Addicks came in February 2013 as goals from Radi Majewski and Henri Lansbury gave Forest a 2-0 win in South London after Yann Kermorgant had been sent off for the home side.

 

Are tickets available?

Tickets for Nottingham Forest's Sky Bet Championship trip to Charlton are still available.

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

How do I get there?

The easiest way to get to The Valley by car is to use the A2, accessed from junction two of the M25 (those heading south via the M1, A1 or M11 should head clockwise on the M25, signposted 'Dartford Crossing').

Heading into London along the A2, the dual carriageway becomes the A102M - the approach road to the Blackwall Tunnel. Leave at the junction after the A2 exit and take the right-hand exit at the roundabout - the A206 Woolwich Road.

After the major set of traffic lights at Anchor and Hope Lane and Charlton Church Lane, travel around second roundabout and take the last exit to drive back on yourself. Then take the first left into Charlton Lane. Cross the railway line and continue up the road, then right into Harvey Gardens. The stadium is on the left.

Frequent rail services depart from Charing Cross, Waterloo East and London Bridge, with limited departures from Cannon Street. Some services come through Dartford continue to Charlton, while connections for others can be made at Blackheath, Lewisham and London Bridge.

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 Wednesday, as well as all the reaction from the Forest camp.

What are the odds?

Nottingham Forest are the 13/10 favourites to continue their good form with a win at The Valley tonight with the draw priced at 23/10 and a victory for Guy Luzon's Charlton side slightly further in at 21/10.

A repeat of The Reds' 3-0 success at Reading on Saturday can be backed at 22/1 while the slightly less adventurous supporters may want to put money on a 1-0 victory for Forest, which is priced at 13/2.

Matty Fryatt returned to the starting line-up at the Madejski Stadium on Saturday with a goal and there are odds of 13/2 on the striker to net the first goal tomorrow night or 2/1 on him 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 Charlton v Forest.

Who is in charge?

Referee: Simon Hooper
Assistant Referees: Andrew Aylott and Andrew Fox
Fourth Official: Mick Russell

Who else is playing?

Bournemouth v Wolves
Brentford v Huddersfield
Brighton v Derby
Middlesbrough v Millwall
Rotherham v Cardiff
Watford v Fulham
Bolton v Reading (Tuesday, kick-off 8pm)
Birmingham v Blackpool (Wednesday, kick-off 7.45pm)
Leeds v Ipswich (Wednesday, kick-off 7.45pm)
Norwich v Wigan (Wednesday, kick-off 7.45pm)
Sheffield Wednesday v Blackburn (Wednesday, kick-off 7.45pm)


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