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Match pack: Reading (A)

4 April 2016

Nottingham Forest will be hoping to bounce back from Saturday’s disappointing loss to Brentford when they take on Reading at the Madejski Stadium on Tuesday night (kick-off 8pm).

Pre-match brief

Nottingham Forest head coach Paul Williams has lost his last two games against Derby and Brentford and will be hoping to put an end to The Reds’ recent poor run by leading his side to a strong away performance at Reading.

Williams will be without Eric Lichaj, who will miss The Reds’ trip to the Madejski Stadium through a one-match suspension, while Michael Mancienne looks likely to miss the game after picking up an injury on Saturday.

The Reds have failed to score in eight of their last 12 matches and Williams may be tempted to start club captain Henri Lansbury, who came off the bench at the weekend, to give Forest more of a cutting edge after his return from injury.

Last time out

Nottingham Forest were beaten 3-0 at home to Brentford in their last outing as the Bees stung Forest with three second-half goals.

Substitute Lasse Vibe capitalised on a defensive mix-up between Kelvin Wilson and Dorus de Vries and poked home shortly after half-time before Nico Yennaris doubled the visitors’ advantage, smashing home from a corner in the 65th minute.

Forest’s misery was compounded as right-back Eric Lichaj received his second booking 12 minutes later before Sergi Canos neatly rounded off the scoring three minutes from time.

Forest: de Vries, Lichaj, Jokic, Mancienne (Wilson 25’), Mills (c), Cohen, Mendes (Lansbury 55’), Macheda (O. Burke 64’), Gardner, Vaughan, Osborn


Substitute Ola John scored in the 90th minute to secure a 1-0 away win for Reading over ten-man Bolton, a result which edged bottom-club Wanderers closer to League One.

Jimmy Phillips’ side frustrated the Royals all afternoon and goalkeeper Ben Amos, who came into the side after a six-game injury lay-off, was in inspired form and made a number of fine saves.

Rob Holding received a straight red for bringing down Matej Vydra in the area, Amos saving the resulting penalty – before John, who is on loan from Benfica, cracked a 35-yard effort which flew into the net.

Reading: Al Habsi, Gunter, McShane, Cooper, Obita, Williams, Norwood, Piazon (John 61’), Vydra (Cox 71’), Quinn, Kermorgant

Previous encounters

A Chris O’Grady effort and a Nelson Oliveira brace helped Nottingham Forest turn around a 1-0 deficit and leave The City Ground 3-1 winners in November, marking Forest’s second win in 11 games.

Forest’s last visit to the Madejski Stadium saw The Reds secure an emphatic 3-0 win in February last year; Dougie Freedman’s resurgent Reds won their fifth game in six, thanks to trio of superb strikes from Ben Osborn, Matty Fryatt and Gary Gardner.


Are tickets available?

Tickets for Nottingham Forest's Sky Bet Championship game against Reading at the Madejski Stadium on Tuesday night are on sale at tickets.nottinghamforest.co.uk.

Nottingham Forest have received an initial allocation of 1,119 reserved seat tickets for the above fixture located behind the goal in the South Stand.

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 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.
Fancy a flutter?

Nottingham Forest are rated as the 11/4 outsiders to take all three points away from the Madejski Stadium on Tuesday night with the draw priced at 9/4 and a victory for the home side the current favourites at 21/20.

A repeat of The Reds' 3-0 victory on the same ground in February 2014 can be backed at 50/1 while supporters who fancy Forest to win the game from being 1-0 down can get odds of 11/8.

Henri Lansbury returned to action on Saturday following a knee injury and the midfielder is priced at 11/1 to score the first goal at the Madejski Stadium or 4/1 to find the net at any time during the 90 minutes.

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

Around the grounds

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

Birmingham v Brighton
Brentford v Bolton
Bristol City v Rotherham
Burnley v Cardiff
Derby v Hull
Ipswich v Charlton
Leeds v QPR
Middlesbrough v Huddersfield
MK Dons v Wolves
Preston v Fulham
Sheffield Wednesday v Blackburn

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