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Match pack: Brighton (H)

11 April 2016

Nottingham Forest will be hoping to put further breathing space between themselves and the relegation zone when they host Brighton and Hove Albion this evening (kick-off 7.45pm).

Pre-match brief

Saturday's results ensured Nottingham Forest remained nine points above the bottom three in the Sky Bet Championship but they cannot afford to take anything for granted against promotion-chasing Brighton tonight. 

Chris Hughton's side still harbour hopes of breaking into the automatic promotion places and the Seagulls will need to take all three points to keep with the current top two - Burnley and Middlesbrough.

Forest are currently on a poor run of just one win in their last ten league matches but victory at The City Ground tonight would push them back up to 15th in the table and 12 points clear of relegation trouble.

Last time out

Nottingham Forest suffered a third straight league loss on Tuesday night as Reading came from behind to inflict defeat on The Reds at the Madejski Stadium despite Ben Osborn's first-half opener.

Osborn put the visitors in front after latching onto Henri Lansbury's pass but goals from Matej Vydra and Oliver Norwood turned the game on its head and gave the Royals all three points.

Forest: De Vries, Gardner, Mills, Wilson (Fox 32'), Jokic, O.Burke (Ward 69'), Vaughan, Cohen, Osborn, Lansbury (c) (Tesche 74'), Blackstock


Brighton and Hove Albion kept up the pressure on the top teams in the Sky Bet Championship as they came from behind to record an impressive 2-1 win at Birmingham City on Tuesday night.

The Seagulls fell behind to a Kyle Lafferty strike but goals from Connor Goldson and Lewis Dunk handed Chris Hughton’s side all three points and kept their automatic promotion hopes alive.

Brighton: Stockdale, Bruno, Goldson, Dunk, Rosenior, Skalak, Stephens, Kayal, LuaLua (Murphy 69'), Sidwell, Hemed (Wilson 78')

Previous encounter

Nottingham Forest were beaten 1-0 at the Amex Stadium in the reverse fixture on the opening night of the season as Kazenga LuaLua's second-half goal was enough to condemn Forest to defeat.

The two sides shared a goalless draw at The City Ground last season as Michael Mancienne and Craig Mackail-Smith both spurned golden opportunities for their respective teams.

Forest's last home victory over Brighton came in the 2006-07 campaign when a brace from Grant Holt gave The Reds all three points after Jake Robinson had opened the scoring for the Seagulls.


Are tickets available?

Tickets for Nottingham Forest's Kids for a Quid game against Brighton and Hove Albion at The City Ground this evening are on sale at tickets.nottinghamforest.co.uk.

Supporters under the age of 12 can watch the game for just £1 in all areas of the ground. 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 Tuesday, 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 Brighton and Hove Albion.

There is a feature interview with Forest winger Oliver Burke as he reflects on his first call-up to the Scotland senior squad while former Reds number one Steve Sutton 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 23/10 outsiders to take victory against Brighton and Hove Albion this evening with the draw also priced at 23/10 and a win for the visitors as the current favourite at 6/5.

The Reds can be backed at 11/1 to record a 2-1 win over their promotion-chasing visitors or 14/1 to upset the odds and win 2-0 against Chris Hughton's side.

Henri Lansbury returned to the starting line-up on Tuesday night and the Forest midfielder is priced 11/1 to score the first goal this evening or 7/2 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 Brighton.

Around the grounds

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

Birmingham v Leeds
Middlesbrough v Reading


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