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Match pack: Fulham (A)

22 April 2016

Nottingham Forest make the journey to the banks of the River Thames on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 3pm) aiming for a first away win over Fulham since 1975.

Pre-match brief

With Sky Bet Championship survival all but mathematically secured, Nottingham Forest travel to the capital this weekend in search of a morale-boosting away win against Slavisa Jokanovic's Fulham side.

Forest haven't tasted victory away from home since their 1-0 win at Leeds on 6 February but they have a good chance to end that streak when they face a Fulham side who have struggled to find form in this campaign.

The matches between these two teams last season saw 13 goals exchanged so with the pressure of relegation now off, an entertaining encounter could be in store on the banks of the River Thames.

Last time out

Nottingham Forest drew 1-1 with Blackburn Rovers at The City Ground on Tuesday night and the point was enough to all but mathematically secure Forest's place in the Sky Bet Championship next season.

Dexter Blackstock gave The Reds an early lead when he broke into the area and guided the ball home but Blackburn levelled the match before the break when Danny Graham nipped in to chip the ball over Dorus de Vries.

Forest: De Vries, Lichaj, Mills, Jokic, Fox, Mendes (O.Burke 73'), Gardner, Tesche (Assombalonga 84'), Osborn, Lansbury (c), Blackstock

Fulham were denied a priceless away victory at Portman Road on Tuesday night as Jonas Knudsen's injury-time equaliser earned Ipswich Town a share of the spoils.

Moussa Dembele's 17th league goal of the season, from Scott Parker's cross, gave Fulham the lead but Knudsen rifled home a low cross from Freddie Sears in stoppage time to prevent the Cottagers taking all three points.

Fulham: Bettinelli, Stearman, Hutchinson, Burn, Ream, Parker (Baird 88'), Tunnicliffe, Ince, Christensen (Fredericks 70'), Dembele, McCormack (Cairney 85')

Previous encounters

Nottingham Forest were 3-0 winners over Fulham in the reverse fixture at The City Ground as a brace from Matt Mills and a goal from Chris O'Grady gave The Reds a comfortable victory in December.

Last season's clash at Craven Cottage was a five-goal thriller as Henri Lansbury's second-half double couldn't reverse the damage that Ross McCormack's hat-trick had done before the break.

Forest's last victory at Fulham came back in January 1975 as a goal from Barry Butlin was enough to secure all three points for The Reds on a cold afternoon at Craven Cottage.

Are tickets available?

Tickets for Nottingham Forest's Sky Bet Championship trip to Fulham are available to purchase on arrival at Craven Cottage.

There will be a pay-on-the-day facility made available at the Putney End turnstiles but this will be a cash-only service. For more information and a 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.
Fancy a flutter?

Nottingham Forest are currently rated as the 23/10 outsiders to take all three points away from Craven Cottage on Saturday with the draw priced at 12/5 and a victory for the home side the current favourite at 23/20.

A repeat of The Reds' 3-0 victory over the Cottagers earlier in the season can be backed at 40/1 while a slender 1-0 win for Paul Williams' side in the capital is currently priced at 9/1.

Henri Lansbury scored a brace on the same ground last season and the Forest midfielder is priced 10/1 to open the scoring this time around or 100/30 to find the net at any time during the 90 minutes.

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

Around the grounds

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

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

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