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Match pack: Blackburn (H)

19 April 2016

Nottingham Forest are aiming to finish the season on a high and they face Blackburn Rovers in their penultimate home game of the season this evening (kick-off 7.45pm).

Pre-match brief

Nottingham Forest currently sit nine points clear of the Sky Bet Championship relegation zone and a win over Blackburn Rovers at The City Ground tonight could secure their second-tier status for another season. 

Improved performances against Brighton and Rotherham have given Forest belief that a positive end to the campaign could be on the cards and they will be confident of victory over an out-of-form Rovers side.

Paul Lambert's men have lost five of their last seven matches and only sit above Forest on goal difference and Rovers will be in search of three points to ensure they have a place in the Championship in August.

Last time out

Nottingham Forest drew 0-0 with Rotherham at the New York Stadium on Saturday as former Forest keeper Lee Camp made a terrific 89th-minute save to deny Ryan Mendes a dramatic winner in front of 2,000 away fans.

The match was an open affair and both sides came close to breaking the deadlock on a number of occasions, but the match was destined for stalemate on a bitterly cold afternoon.

Forest: De Vries, Lichaj, Mills, Jokic, Fox, Mendes, Gardner, Tesche, Osborn, Lansbury (c), Blackstock (O'Grady 90')


Blackburn suffered a third straight home defeat on Saturday as a strike from Nahki Wells and an own goal from Matt Kilgallon gave Huddersfield Town a 2-0 victory.

Rovers were the architects of their own downfall as Shane Duffy’s misguided header back to his goalkeeper fell straight to the feet of Wells and he guided the ball home.

The visitors then doubled their advantage after half-time as Kilgallon turned Harry Bunn’s cross into his own net under pressure from Wells.

Blackburn: Steele, Marshall, Duffy, Hanley (c), Kilgallon, Lenihan, Grimes, J. Gomez, Bennett (Lowe 46'), Graham (Akpan 76'), Jackson (Brown 46')

Previous encounter

Nottingham Forest and Blackburn Rovers shared a goalless draw at Ewood Park earlier in the season as Ben Marshall and Matt Mills both spurned golden opportunities for their respective sides.

Blackburn were 3-1 winners at The City Ground last season as goals from Alex Baptiste, Rudy Gestede and Jordan Rhodes gave Rovers victory despite Matty Fryatt's first-half opener.

Forest's last home victory over Blackburn came in the 2013-14 campaign when a brace from Henri Lansbury and goals from Jamie Paterson and Andy Reid helped The Reds to a comfortable 4-1 win.


Are tickets available?

Tickets for Nottingham Forest's game against Blackburn Rovers at The City Ground this evening are on sale at tickets.nottinghamforest.co.uk.

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 Wednesday, 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 tonight's meeting with Blackburn Rovers.

There is a feature interview with Forest midfielder Henri Lansbury as he talks about his return to the side while European Cup winner John O'Hare is the latest to feature in a 150th anniversary interview.

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 rated as the 7/5 favourites to take victory against Blackburn Rovers this evening with the draw priced at 9/4 and a win for the visitors slightly further in at 19/10.

A repeat of Forest's 4-1 win over the same opponents back in 2013-14 can be backed at 50/1 while a more slender 1-0 victory for The Reds is currently priced at 11/2.

Dexter Blackstock netted Forest's goal in the last home game against Brighton and the striker is priced 6/1 to score first this evening or 5/2 to find the net at any time during the 90 minutes.

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

Match officials

Referee: Christopher Kavanagh
Assistant Referees: Matthew Jones and Ian Rathbone
Fourth Official: Nigel Smith

Around the grounds

All games to be played at 7.45pm on Tuesday unless stated

Birmingham v Preston
Brentford v Cardiff
Brighton v QPR
Bristol City v Derby
Burnley v Middlesbrough
Ipswich v Fulham
Leeds v Wolves
Rotherham v Huddersfield
Sheffield Wednesday v MK Dons
Bolton v Charlton (Tuesday, kick-off 8pm)
Reading v Hull (Tuesday, kick-off 8pm)


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