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Match pack: Cardiff (H)

1 May 2015

Get all the news and views ahead of Nottingham Forest's Sky Bet Championship clash with Cardiff City at The City Ground tomorrow (kick-off 12.15pm).

        Nottingham Forest v Cardiff City          
   Sky Bet Championship
Saturday 2 May 2015 (kick-off 12.15pm)
The City Ground

Pre-match brief

The curtain comes down on Nottingham Forest's 2014-15 season with a home game against Cardiff City at The City Ground as Dougie Freedman's men look to finish the campaign on a high in front of their own supporters.

Forest's final few matches of the season may not be providing as much joy as they would have liked but tomorrow's clash with a fellow mid-table side gives them the chance to achieve a tenth home league win of the campaign.

Following 45 games in an enthralling Sky Bet Championship season there is nothing to separate Nottingham Forest and Cardiff City in the league table but both sides will be hoping to end their schedule in the best possible way.

Team news

Nottingham Forest defender Kelvin Wilson remains suspended following his sending off against Watford last month but otherwise Dougie Freedman should have the same squad to pick from as he did at Ipswich last weekend.

Eric Lichaj was forced to leave the field at Portman Road through injury so his fitness will need to be monitored and there could be opportunities for either Danny Fox or Todd Kane should the American not be fit enough to start.

Cardiff midfielder Joe Ralls may not be risked having been injured in the win over Blackpool last weekend but Ben Turner, Anthony Pilkington and Kagisho Dikgacoi may all return from injury to play a part in the game.

Former West Ham and Bristol City striker Nicky Maynard will be hoping for a starting berth after coming off the bench last time out but manager Russell Slade is expected to stick with a similar side to the one which beat Blackpool.

View from the Red corner

Dougie Freedman: “Unfortunately, it is the last game of the season. I feel we’ve got a lot of energy in the group. They’re desperate to keep on going and put certain results behind them.

“If we can stick to the way we’ve been performing, and make sure we defend a bit better in certain areas, it’s a game I think we can win. I want to finish on a high and show my appreciation for the fans in the right way."

Click here to read more of the manager's thoughts ahead of the clash with Cardiff.

What's the form guide?

Nottingham Forest have now gone seven matches without a win and tomorrow's game represents their last opportunity to end a mixed 2014-15 season on a positive note and potentially secure a top-ten finish if results go their way.

Wolves, Huddersfield and Watford have all taken maximum points away from The City Ground in recent weeks and Reds manager Dougie Freedman will be hoping to see a strong display from his side to impress the home supporters.

Cardiff head into tomorrow's game on the back of an inconsistent run of results in April with Russell Slade's men racking up two wins, two draws and two defeats during the month which has left them 13th in the league table.

The Bluebirds are in good form away from home though having won four and drawn one of their last six matches on their travels including an impressive 2-1 victory at promotion-chasing Brentford back in March.

Currently sitting on the same points as Forest in the table, Cardiff know that a win at The City Ground tomorrow is likely to seal a top-half finish while a victory on Trentside could lift the visitors as high as 10th.

Haven't we met before?

The reverse fixture in South Wales in October saw Cardiff take home all three points as first-half goals from Federico Macheda and Peter Whittingham were enough despite Britt Assombalonga's stoppage-time strike for Forest.

October 2012 saw the last meeting between the two sides at The City Ground as goals from Andy Reid, Daniel Ayala and Billy Sharp gave Forest a 3-1 victory over the Bluebirds who got on the scoresheet through Heidar Helguson.

Cardiff's last victory on Trentside came back in December 2011 as Kenny Miller's goal just before the hour mark separated the two sides and left The Reds deep in relegation trouble as the visitors chased promotion to the top flight.

Are tickets available?

Tickets are still available for tomorrow's game against Cardiff City.

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

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.

Is there a programme?

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

The 76-page edition features an interview with Henri Lansbury, who reflects on wearing the captain’s armband in recent weeks, and end-of-season columns from Fawaz Al Hasawi and Dougie Freedman.

Gary Brazil reflects on a fantastic year for the academy, while the Guardian's chief football writer Daniel Taylor pens his final column of the campaign.

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

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

What are the odds?

Nottingham Forest are the 19/20 favourites to take all three points against Cardiff tomorrow with both the draw and a win for the away side currently being priced at 13/5.

Fans who fancy Forest to get revenge for their 2-1 defeat at Cardiff in October by beating the Bluebirds by the same scoreline can get odds of 15/2 while a more comfortable 3-0 victory can be backed at 16/1.

Michail Antonio has been one of The Reds' stand-out performers in the 2014-15 season and he can be backed at 2/1 to round his campaign off with a goal or at 66/1 to end it with a hat-trick.

For all the latest odds on tomorrow's game, please visit and make a prediction for Forest v Cardiff.

Who is in charge?

Referee: Peter Bankes
Assistant Referees: Geoffrey Law and Guy Stretton
Fourth official: Darren Drysdale

Who else is playing?

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

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