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Match pack: Derby (H)

6 November 2015

Get all the news ahead of Nottingham Forest's Sky Bet Championship match against Derby County at The City Ground on Friday night (kick-off 7.30pm).

Pre-match brief

The battle for the Brian Clough Trophy resumes tonight as Derby County come to The City Ground for a televised game with Forest aiming to breathe new life into their season with victory over their East Midlands rivals.

Forest managed a win and a draw against the Rams last season and Dougie Freedman will be itching to see his side produce a strong performance against Paul Clement's men in front of a near-capacity City Ground crowd.

With The Reds looking to move away from the bottom three and Derby hoping to move into the automatic promotion places, much will be at stake when the two neighbours clash on Trentside tomorrow night.

Last time out

Nottingham Forest were beaten 1-0 at Preston North End on Tuesday night as Eoin Doyle's second-minute striker was enough to condemn Dougie Freedman's men to defeat at Deepdale.

Forest: De Vries, Lichaj, Mills (c), Hobbs, Pinillos, Mendes (Williams 63'), Trotter, Grant (Walker 63'), Osborn, Ward (Blackstock 81'), Oliveira

Andreas Weimann's second-half goal was enough to give Derby County their fourth straight home win on Tuesday night as they beat Queens Park Rangers by a goal to nil at the iPro Stadium.

Derby: Carson, Christie, Keogh, Shackell, Forsyth (Warnock 21' (Baird, 77)), Johnson, Butterfield, Hendrick (Hanson 83'), Weimann, Russell, Martin

Previous encounter

The corresponding fixture last season saw Nottingham Forest and Derby County share a 1-1 draw at The City Ground as Britt Assombalonga's opener was cancelled out by a late strike from Ryan Shotton.

Are tickets available?

Tickets for Nottingham Forest's Sky Bet Championship game against Derby County are still available.

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

Derby hospitality selling fast

There is now only one hospitality package available for Nottingham Forest v Derby County.

Castle Club hospitality is a fantastic way to watch the East Midlands derby but is selling quickly.

To book a hospitality package, call the commercial team on 0115 982 4450 (Mon - Fri, 9am-5pm).

Castle Club

- Padded seat in the Trent End viewing gallery
- Access to the Pitch Sports Diner
- Pre-match interview with Paul McKenna

Adults - £84 + VAT pp
Under 16s - £42 + VAT pp

For more information on hospitality for tonight's game, please click here.

What else is happening?

The Royal British Legion will be holding a bucket collection around The City Ground ahead of this evening's game. Poppies will be available in both the megastore and the ticket office.

What if I can't make the game?

Live audio commentary will be available on Forest Player HD, as well as live text commentary on and via @Official_NFFC on Twitter.

Forest Player HD will also have extended match highlights from 12pm on Saturday, as well as all the reaction from the Forest camp.

Is there a programme?

The official matchday programme will be available to buy and download for Friday night's meeting with Derby County.

Chairman and owner Fawaz Al Hasawi and manager Dougie Freedman give their latest thoughts while there is a feature interview with Jamie Ward, a man who has represented both sides of the East Midlands divide.

The Guardian's Daniel Taylor takes a look at the special rivalry between Forest and Derby while the latest 'A Strip Down Memory Lane' feature takes us back to the 1994-96 seasons with Reds supporter Max Lutkin.

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.

Fancy a flutter?

Nottingham Forest are the 23/10 outsiders to take the bragging rights in the latest East Midlands derby with the draw priced at 12/5 and a win for the visitors on offer at 23/20.

Sky Bet are offering a priceboost of 66/1 for supporters who fancy Jamie Ward to score in a 1-0 win for The Reds or 13/2 for Nelson Oliveira to find the back of the net in a Forest victory.

A repeat of the 1-1 draw between the sides at The City Ground last season can be backed at 5/1 while if you think Forest will be winning at half-time and full-time then that is priced at at 9/2.

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

Around the grounds

All games to be played at 3pm on Saturday unless stated

Huddersfield v Leeds (Saturday, kick-off 12.30pm)
Blackburn v Brentford
Bolton v Bristol City
Brighton v MK Dons
Cardiff v Reading
Charlton v Sheffield Wednesday
Fulham v Birmingham
Hull v Middlesbrough
QPR v Preston
Rotherham v Ipswich
Wolves v Burnley


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