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Match pack: Brentford (H)

1 April 2016

Head coach Paul Williams will be hoping he can lead Nottingham Forest to victory against his former club Brentford on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 3pm).

Pre-match brief

Paul Williams had spent the best part of five months at Griffin Park as an assistant to interim first-team coach, Lee Carsley – who took temporary charge of the Bees following Marinus Dijkhuizen’s departure in the summer.

Upon the arrival of current boss Dean Smith, in November, Williams reverted to a coaching role – before joining Forest under Dougie Freedman.

Forest, who go into Saturday’s game on the back of the two-week international break, will be hungry to win their first game in five matches – and Williams, on a personal level, to get one over his former employers.

Last time out

A second-half goal from Derby County’s Marcus Olsson separated the two sides in a hard-fought East Midlands battle two weeks ago.

The game was Paul Williams’ second in charge, following The Reds’ impressive 1-1 draw away at Hull City, and Federico Macheda led the line for The Reds for the second successive time, the Reds fielding a 4-5-1 formation.

Despite Forest’s defensive hard-work, keeping the Rams out for the most part of the game, The Reds were unable to create a clear-cut chance and, as a result, were punished by the Swedish full-back who finished past Dorus de Vries in the 79th minute, which proved the winner.

Forest: De Vries, Lichaj, Mancienne, Mills (c), Jokic, Mendes (Blackstock 85'), Cohen (Ward 64'), Gardner, Vaughan, Osborn, Macheda (O.Burke 70')


Brentford succumbed to their seventh defeat in eight games at home to the ten-men of Blackburn Rovers.

Republic of Ireland international, Shane Duffy, was teed up by substitute Tony Watt to rifle home the winner in the 86th minute, securing Blackburn’s first away victory since December.

Defender Grant Hanley picked up his second bookable offence and was dismissed just before the hour mark, but the Bees couldn’t make their numerical advantage count on manager Dean Smith’s birthday.

Brentford: Button, Yennaris, Dean, Barbet, Bidwell, McCormack, McEachran, Woods (Canós 69’), Judge, Saunders (Vibe 84’), Rodríguez (Hogan 76’)

Previous encounter

The return fixture saw Brentford beat Forest 2-1 at Griffin Park, in November, when Philipp Hoffmann popped up in the 96th minute to secure the maximum points haul for Lee Carsley’s men.

Brentford’s last visit at The City Ground saw them leave as 3-1 winners; goals from Jon Toral, Andre Gray and Alex Pritchard rendered Michail Antonio’s stunning effort as a consolation.


Are tickets available?

Tickets for Nottingham Forest's Sky Bet Championship game against Brentford at The City Ground on Saturday are on sale at tickets.nottinghamforest.co.uk.

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

Super Sevens who are visiting The City Ground for the first time may also want to read the First Time Fan Guide.

What else is happening?

Tomorrow's game against Brentford is promotional fixture for the Kick It Out campaign. Home and away players and the match officials will be warming up in special Kick It Out t-shirts before kick-off.

There will also be promotional material shown around the ground including messages on the big screen.

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 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 Brentford.

Chairman and owner Fawaz Al Hasawi and first-team coach Paul Williams give their latest thoughts and there are feature interviews with Federico Macheda and our former striker, Jason Lee – for the edition of the game which marks the club’s 150th anniversary.

There is also a round-up of the Forest players in action for their countries during the international break and a report on how Britt Assombalonga stepped-up his return to first-team action by scoring for the Under 21s.

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 5/4 favourites to take victory against Brentford on Saturday with the draw priced at 23/10 and a win for the visitors priced at 11/5.

Official Football League betting partner Sky Bet are backing Federico Macheda to grab the first goal of the game at 11/1 while the Italian striker is priced 2/1 to score at any time during the 90 minutes.

The Reds are priced at 5/2 to be winning at both half-time and full-time while for there to be more than 2.5 goals scored in the game, this can be backed at 10/11.

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

Around the grounds

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

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


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