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Match pack: Reading (H)

27 November 2015

Nottingham Forest entertain Steve Clarke's promotion-chasing Reading in the first part of a City Ground double-header on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

Pre-match brief

Arguably two of the standout games of the 2014-15 season came as Nottingham Forest completed a league double over Reading with a 4-0 win at The City Ground followed up by a convincing 3-0 success at The Madejski Stadium.

Saturday's visitors are now a much-improved side under the management of former West Bromwich Albion boss Steve Clarke and the Royals currently sit just one point outside the Sky Bet Championship play-off places.

Forest's performance in their last home game against Derby County suggests they have the potential to mix it with the better sides in the division and Saturday's clash provides them with a chance to get back to winning ways.

Last time out

Nottingham Forest suffered a 2-1 defeat to Brentford at Griffin Park on Saturday despite Henri Lansbury's 74th-minute equaliser giving them hope that they could take all three points away from the capital.

Sergi Canos put the home side ahead but when Lansbury levelled shortly after Harlee Dean's red card it looked increasingly likely that Forest would make it back-to-back wins after their East Midlands derby success.

But there was to be a late sting in the tail for Dougie Freedman's side as Phillip Hofmann fired home in stoppage time to leave The Reds with nothing to show from their afternoon's efforts.

Forest: De Vries, Lichaj, Mills, Hobbs, Pinillos, Trotter (Williams 67'), Vaughan, Ward, Lansbury (c), Mendes (Blackstock 68'), Oliveira (Walker 87')

A first-half double from Reading duo Lucas Piazon and Danny Williams was enough to give the Royals a 2-1 victory over Bolton Wanderers on Saturday as they moved up to seventh in the Sky Bet Championship.

Liam Feeney did find the net for Wanderers with a late penalty but it couldn't prevent Reading from taking all three points at The Madejski Stadium and closing the gap on the top six to just one point.

Reading: Al-Habsi, Gunter, Taylor, Hector, McShane (c), Norwood, Piazon (Obita 68'), Williams, McCleary (Cooper 79'), Blackman (Vydra 90'), Sa

Previous encounter

Nottingham Forest ran out comfortable 4-0 winners over Reading in the corresponding fixture last season as a brace from Michail Antonio was followed up by strikes from Matty Fryatt and Britt Assombalonga.

Are tickets available?

Tickets for Nottingham Forest's Sky Bet Championship game against Reading at The City Ground are still available.

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

Watch Reading match like a royal

Supporters can treat themselves to a lavish hospitality package when Nottingham Forest host Reading this weekend.

For £88 (+VAT), fans can enjoy the Robin Hood Suite package which includes a two-course meal, pre-match interview with a Forest legend and seats in the Peter Taylor Stand.

Adult season ticket holders are entitled to a £15 discount. To book a hospitality package, call the commercial team on 0115 982 4450 (Mon - Fri, 9am-5pm).

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

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 Sunday, 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 Saturday's meeting with Reading.

Chairman and owner Fawaz Al Hasawi and manager Dougie Freedman give their latest thoughts while there is a feature interview with Jonny Williams as he settles into life at The City Ground.

The Guardian's Daniel Taylor looks back at last week's 'Miracle Men' book signing session while the latest 'A Strip Down Memory Lane' feature takes us back to the 2003-05 seasons with Reds supporter Kyle Marshall.

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?

The bookmakers have found it impossible to split Nottingham Forest and Reading this weekend with both sides currently priced at 13/8 to taste victory with the draw on offer at 12/5.

After finding the net at Brentford on Saturday, Forest midfielder Henri Lansbury can be backed at 9/1 to score the first goal of this weekend's game or at 100/30 to net at anytime during the 90 minutes.

A repeat of Forest's 4-0 win over the Royals in the corresponding fixture last season is priced at 66/1 while a more slender 1-0 win for The Reds on Saturday can be backed at 7/1.

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

Around the grounds

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

Hull v Derby (Friday, kick-off 7.45pm)
Charlton v Ipswich (Saturday, kick-off 12.30pm)
Blackburn v Sheffield Wednesday
Brighton v Birmingham
Cardiff v Burnley
Fulham v Preston
Huddersfield v Middlesbrough
QPR v Leeds
Rotherham v Bristol City
Wolves v MK Dons
Bolton v Brentford (Monday, kick-off 7.45pm)


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