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Match pack: Bristol City (A)

16 October 2015

Get all the news ahead of Nottingham Forest's Sky Bet Championship trip to Bristol City this evening (kick-off 7.45pm).

Pre-match brief

Nottingham Forest make the trip to Bristol City’s Ashton Gate tonight where a win for The Reds will see them comfortably retain their mid-table spot ahead of the rest of the Sky Bet Championship fixtures on Saturday.

With only three points from their last six matches, The Robins currently sit bottom of the league but having brought Norwich winger Elliott Bennett and former Forest striker Simon Cox to the club recently, Steve Cotterill's side will be aiming for their first home win of the season in all competitions.

After defeats to Premier League-chasing Middlesbrough and Hull, Forest are looking to regain their winning form in the South West with captain Henri Lansbury saying that if The Reds continue their current standards then their luck ‘has to change’.

Team news

Nottingham Forest defensive duo Eric Lichaj and Matt Mills are both ruled out of tonight's game at Bristol City through suspension with the pair missing one and three matches respectively.

Michael Mancienne and Kyle Ebecilio will also miss the trip to Ashton Gate with hamstring injuries so some of the younger members of the Forest squad are expected to feature in the South West.

Bristol City could welcome back Liam Moore and Korey Smith to their squad after the pair's recovery from injury but midfielder Scott Wagstaff is set to be out after suffering a calf problem.

View from the Red corner

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman: “Friday night, on Sky, it’s a very difficult match for us. But we’ve got a team that’s starting to come together and working hard for each other, and that always gives you a chance.”

For more of the manager's thoughts ahead of tonight's game, please click here.


Last time out

Nottingham Forest were unfortunate to be beaten 1-0 at home by Hull City in their last outing as a goal from Abel Hernandez just before half-time gave Steve Bruce's side all three points at The City Ground.

Dorus de Vries had earlier saved a penalty from Hernandez to keep the scores level and while Forest had chances to restore parity, Matt Mills's red card late on sealed their fate.

Forest: De Vries, Lichaj, Mills, Hobbs, Pinillos, Mancienne (Ebecilio 56' (Ward 77')), Lansbury, Vaughan, Mendes (Walker 82'), O'Grady, Oliveira


A 93rd-minute equaliser from Milton Keynes Dons substitute Daniel Powell denied Bristol City all three points in their last outing as the two sides shared a 1-1 draw at Ashton Gate before the international break.

Jonathan Kodjia had earlier put Steve Cotterill's side in front as he tapped Bobby Reid's cross into an empty net but Powell's stoppage-time leveller kept City at the bottom of the league.

Bristol City: Fielding, Little, Ayling, Flint, Baker, Bryan (Williams 66'), Reid, Freeman (Robinson 81'), Pack, Wilbraham (Agard 82'), Kodjia

Previous encounters

Out of the 83 games played between the two sides, Forest have only been beaten 15 times, winning 38 and drawing 30.

The Reds' last trip to Ashton Gate on February 2013 resulted in a 2-0 defeat as goals from Steve Davis and Marvin Elliott, who both now ply their trade lower down the Football League pyramid, gave City all three points.


Are tickets available?

Tickets for Nottingham Forest's Sky Bet Championship trip to Bristol City are now off sale.

Tickets cannot be purchased upon arrival at Ashton Gate.

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 www.nottinghamforest.co.uk 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.

Fancy a flutter?

Nottingham Forest are the 21/10 outsiders to take all three points away from Bristol City this evening with the draw priced at 5/2 and a win for the home side priced at 13/10.

Sky Bet are offering a number of price boosts for the game including 11/2 on Chris O'Grady to score and Forest to win in 90 minutes or Reds captain Henri Lansbury to score first at 12/1.

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

Around the grounds

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

Sheffield Wednesday v Hull (Saturday, kick-off 12.30pm)
Birmingham v QPR
Brentford v Rotherham
Burnley v Bolton
Ipswich v Huddersfield
Leeds v Brighton
Middlesbrough v Fulham
MK Dons v Blackburn
Preston v Cardiff
Reading v Charlton
Derby v Wolves (Sunday, kick-off 1.15pm)

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