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Match pack: Middlesbrough (H)

17 September 2015

Get all the news ahead of Nottingham Forest's Sky Bet Championship match against Middlesbrough at The City Ground on Saturday (kick-off 12.30pm).

Pre-match brief

Nottingham Forest have a third win in eight days in their sights this weekend as they welcome Aitor Karanka's promotion-chasing Middlesbrough to The City Ground for the first of this season's kids for a quid matches.

Dougie Freedman's men have been rejuvenated by recent victories at Queens Park Rangers and Birmingham City and will look to round off the week in style by putting the Teessiders to the sword and moving into the top six.

The visitors will also be high in confidence after their midweek victory over Brentford moved them into the top two and Karanka's side will arguably present one of Forest's toughest tests of the campaign so far.

Last time out

Forest earned back-to-back away wins for the first time since August 2014 when they beat Birmingham City 1-0 at St. Andrew's on Tuesday night.

Dexter Blackstock's goal after 54 minutes was enough to earn all three points for Freedman's side and inflict defeat on Birmingham for the first time this season. 

Forest: De Vries, Lichaj, Mills, Wilson, Lansbury (c), Ebecilio (Vaughan 77'), Ward (Mendes 61'), Blackstock (O'Grady 64'), C Burke, Pinillos, Osborn

Middlesbrough moved up to second in the Championship table as they sealed all three points against Brentford at the Riverside Stadium.

Cristhian Stuani and Albert Adomah grabbed the goals for the home side as they made it three consecutive Championship victories. 

Middlesbrough: Konstantopoulos, Nsue, Ayala, Amorebieta, Friend, Clayton, Leadbitter, Stuani (Forshaw 78), Fabbrini (Adomah 60), Downing, Nugent (Garcia 88) 

A previous encounter

Dexter Blackstock marked his 150th appearance in the garibaldi in spectacular style last season when he grabbed the winning goal as Forest came from one down to beat Middlesbrough 2-1 at The City Ground. 

An own goal from Michael Mancienne had given Boro an early lead before Aston Villa loanee Gary Gardner drew The Reds level in with a superb effort from the edge of the area. 

Are tickets available?

Tickets for Saturday's kids for a quid match 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 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.

Breakfast hospitality for Boro battle

Make the most of the early kick-off with the opportunity to purchase an English breakfast, before taking your premium seats to watch the game.

Call the commercial team on 0115 982 4450 (Mon - Fri, 9am-5pm), to book one of the hospitality packages below:

Castle Club

- Opportunity to purchase English breakfast
- John O'Hare as host
- Padded seat in Trent End viewing gallery

Adults - £62 + VAT pp
Under 16s - £31 + VAT pp

1865 Club

- Padded seat by the halfway line in the 1865 enclosure
- Opportunity to purchase English breakfast
- Des Walker as host

£82 + VAT pp

What else is happening?

Sherwood's Hideout will be open to young supporters in the Main Stand, offering face-painting, a games console, the chance to have a photograph taken in front of the Nottingham Forest press backdrop and an opportunity to meet some special visitors on offer.

Young Forest fans can also pick up a free, specially-produced Junior Reds programme from the Champions Centre before the game. For more information, please click here.

Nottingham Forest's official charity partner Age UK will also be holding a bucket collection ahead of the game and supporters are encouraged to give what they can to this worthy cause.

Fancy a flutter?

Nottingham Forest are 14/5 on to grab all three points on Saturday while Middlesbrough are priced at 1/1 on Sky Bet.

A repeat of last year's scoreline can be backed at 11/1 or, for supporters who think the game could be a bit tighter, a slender 1-0 win for The Reds has odds of 9/1.

Dexter Blackstock found the net on Tuesday night and the striker is 8/1 on to be the first to get his name on the scoresheet this time around. He is priced at 11/4 to score at any time during the 90 minutes. 

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

Around the grounds

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

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

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