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Match pack: Norwich (A)

20 March 2015

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

 Norwich City v Nottingham Forest
Sky Bet Championship
Saturday 21 March (kick-off 3pm)
Carrow Road

Pre-match brief

Nottingham Forest face the first of three potentially season-defining matches on Saturday afternoon as they make the trip to Carrow Road to take on a Norwich City side who still harbour hopes of reaching the automatic promotion slots.

A fifth home win in a row on Wednesday night, 2-0 over Rotherham United, means The Reds trail the Sky Bet Championship play-off places by eight points but victory in East Anglia tomorrow would only intensify the race for the top six.

Dougie Freedman's men have only suffered one defeat since the manager's arrival but Forest's next three matches against promotion-chasing Norwich, Wolves and Brentford could well decide if The Reds' season continues past May 2.

Team news

Matty Fryatt could be in line for a return to the Nottingham Forest squad for tomorrow's trip to Norwich if he has recovered from an Achilles injury but young striker Tyler Walker is available if Fryatt does not make the journey.

Otherwise Reds manager Dougie Freedman has no new injuries or suspensions to concern him and could name an unchanged team to the one which has picked up four points this week against Leeds and Rotherham.

Norwich will be without the services of striker Lewis Grabban as he continues to recover from ankle surgery so the Canaries could again start with a strike partnership of Gary Hooper and the former Stoke striker Cameron Jerome.

Elliott Bennett and Ryan Bennett are both expected to miss the game as they get back to fitness following hamstring problems but manager Alex Neil has no new injury concerns following Tuesday's 2-2 draw at Huddersfield.

What's the form guide?

Nottingham Forest were able to keep chase with the play-off chasing pack as goals from Dexter Blackstock and Michail Antonio sealed a 2-0 victory over Rotherham on Wednesday night, The Reds' fifth home win in succession.

Only the league leaders Watford are keeping Forest off the top of the Championship form table with Dougie Freedman's side having taken 13 points from their last 18 available including wins over Bournemouth and Middlesbrough.


Norwich come into tomorrow's contest in decent form themselves having only been beaten once in their last 11 league matches but that defeat did come at Carrow Road against relegation-threatened Wigan Athletic this month.

The Canaries sit just five points behind second-placed Middlesbrough but have stuttered recently as they were held at home by Derby before needing a last-gasp equaliser to secure a 2-2 draw at Huddersfield Town on Tuesday night.

Haven't we met before?

Late goals from Britt Assombalonga and Michail Antonio were enough to secure a 2-1 victory for Nottingham Forest in the reverse fixture in November after Jonny Howson had given Norwich a first-half lead at The City Ground.

Forest's last visit to Carrow Road came back in April 2011 when they were beaten in East Anglia as goals from Grant Holt and Andrew Surman turned the game around following Nathan Tyson's third-minute opener for Forest.

December 2008 saw The Reds' last victory at the home of the Canaries as goals from Matt Thornhill, Lewis McGugan and Robbie Earnshaw secured a 3-2 win at Carrow Road despite two own goals from Ian Breckin and Joe Garner.

 

Are tickets available?

Tickets for Nottingham Forest's Sky Bet Championship trip to Norwich are sold out.

No further tickets will be made available to Forest supporters.

How do I get there?

Exit A47 at A146, signposted Norwich and Lowestoft. Turn left at the first set of lights at the bottom of the slip road, signposted Norwich, continue to the next set of traffic lights and turn right onto Martineau Lane.

Keep in the right-hand lane and at the County Hall roundabout take the second exit. Keep right and turn right at the next set of traffic lights onto King Street – follow this road which bends right and over the river bridge and you will see Carrow Road on the right.

No pay on the day parking is available on-site at Carrow Road for first team matches. However, pay on the day parking is available at the nearby County Hall car park, which is approximately 10 minutes walk from the stadium at a cost of £6 per vehicle.

Norwich station is located less than 10 minutes walk from Carrow Road. When walking out of the station turn left and follow Koblenz Avenue to reach the stadium or alternatively walk straight over at the traffic lights and straight through the Riverside Leisure complex to reach Carrow Road.

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?

The bookmakers are not expecting Forest's good form to continue at Carrow Road tomorrow with a win for The Reds priced out a 9/2, the draw at 14/5 and a victory for the home side as the favourite at 8/13.

A repeat of Forest's last win at Carrow Road in December 2008, by three goals to two, can be backed at a massive 50/1 while a more slender 1-0 victory for Dougie Freedman's men tomorrow is priced at 12/1.

Michail Antonio netted a superb individual goal for The Reds in Wednesday's 2-0 win over Rotherham and if you fancy him to score the first goal in a 2-0 victory at Carrow Road then that has odds of 190/1.

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

Who is in charge?

Referee: James Linington
Assistant Referees: Neil Hair and Robert Whitton
Fourth Official: Trevor Kettle

Who else is playing?

Wolves v Derby (Friday, kick-off 7.45pm)
Bournemouth v Middlesbrough (Saturday, kick-off 12.15pm)
Brentford v Millwall (Saturday, kick-off 1pm)
Blackburn v Brighton
Blackpool v Leeds
Cardiff v Birmingham
Charlton v Reading
Huddersfield v Fulham
Rotherham v Sheffield Wednesday
Watford v Ipswich
Wigan v Bolton


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