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Match pack: Huddersfield (A)

23 September 2015

Get all the news ahead of Nottingham Forest's Sky Bet Championship trip to Huddersfield Town on Thursday night (kick-off 7.45pm).

Pre-match brief

Five days after being edged out by Middlesbrough despite an encouraging performance, Nottingham Forest face another tough test on the television when they travel to West Yorkshire for the challenge of Huddersfield Town at the John Smith's Stadium on Thursday night.

The Terriers are in fine form and will be searching for their third win on the bounce in front of their home crowd, as they hope to compete in the upper echelons of the Championship following three years of steady building in the second tier with Chris Powell now leading the charge.

Dougie Freedman's men will be buoyed by recent performances and they'll be hoping to move into the play-off places with a victory, which would mean The Reds end September's batch of fixtures picking up an impressive nine points from a possible 12.

Team news

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman is is hopeful Matt Mills will be fit to face Huddersfield after the central defender was substituted with a hamstring injury after scoring the equaliser against Middlesbrough on Saturday.

Ben Osborn will not make the trip to South Yorkshire after suffering a groin strain at the weekend but Jonny Williams could be fit enough to take a place on the bench after playing 15 minutes against the Teessiders.

Huddersfield midfielder Jamie Paterson will not be available to face his parent club as per the terms of his loan deal from Forest while Chris Powell is still without the services of the injured Joe Murphy, Mark Hudson and James Vaughan.

Last time out

Nottingham Forest suffered a third league defeat of the campaign at the hands of Middlesbrough losing 2-1 at The City Ground on Saturday.

David Nugent netted early on before Matt Mills' cool finish levelled the encounter, however former Forest loanee Daniel Ayala handed the Teessiders the lead once again with a header from close range.

Henri Lansbury saw his penalty cruelly saved by Dimitrios Konstantopoulos and the visitors collected maximum points, although Dougie Freedman's players received a warm applause at full-time for their magnificent endeavour throughout.

Forest: De Vries, Lichaj, Mills (Hobbs 18'), Wilson, Pinillos, Mendes, Lansbury, Vaughan, Osborn (Ward 45'), Oliveira (Williams 75'), O'Grady


Huddersfield produced an eye-catching display to beat Bolton Wanderers 4-1 in front of 11,762 at the John Smith's Stadium on Saturday.

The 13th-placed outfit came from a goal down to seal the win thanks to a brace from loanee Emyr Huws while Mustapha Carayol and ex-Forest defender Joel Lynch grabbed the other goals.

Huddersfield: Steer, Cranie, Ward, Lynch, Davidson, Scannell, Whitehead, Huws (Hogg 78'), Carayol (Paterson 82'), Bunn, Miller (Wells 87')

Previous encounters

Huddersfield did the league double over Forest last season, but there was some success for The Reds who managed to ease past the then-managerless Terriers side in the Capital One Cup second round thanks to James Vaughan's own goal, before Henri Lansbury secured a trip to Tottenham Hotspur in the next round.

Former Forest midfielder Radi Majewski scored a sensational first-half hat-trick at The City Ground to help the hosts to a memorable 6-1 thrashing of Huddersfield in 2013, with Henri Lansbury, Darius Henderson and Elliot Ward also notching.


Are tickets available?

Tickets for Nottingham Forest's Sky Bet Championship trip to Huddersfield Town are still available.

For details and 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 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 Friday, as well as all the reaction from the Forest camp.

Fancy a flutter?

Nottingham Forest are evens at 13/8 to taste victory at the John Smith's Stadium on Thursday night, with a draw priced at 23/10.

Winger Ryan Mendes came close to bagging his first goal in the garibaldi on Saturday and the Cape Verdean is 3/1 to score in the 90 minutes, while Eric Lichaj's forays forward could finally be rewarded with Sky Bet having him at 40/1 to be the first goalscorer.

With six of Forest's last ten Championship fixtures finishing 2-1, the Reds are priced at 9/1 for the same scoreline to go in their favour for their third win in four matches in front of the Sky cameras.

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

Around the grounds

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

Fulham v QPR (Friday, kick-off 7.45pm)
MK Dons v Derby (Saturday, kick-off 12.30pm)
Birmingham v Rotherham
Bolton v Brighton
Brentford v Sheffield Wednesday
Burnley v Reading
Cardiff v Charlton
Hull v Blackburn
Ipswich v Bristol City
Preston v Wolves
Middlesbrough v Leeds (Sunday, kick-off 1.15pm)


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