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Match preview: Derby (A)

10 December 2016

Nottingham Forest make the trip down Brian Clough Way for the East Midlands derby against Derby County on Sunday (kick-off 12pm).

After three wins in a row, Nottingham Forest go into the East Midlands derby in high spirits. Last week's win over table-topping Newcastle United added to away wins over Ipswich Town and Barnsley, ensuring that Philippe Montanier's men are confident ahead of the match at the iPro Stadium.

Those results have seen The Reds climb to 13th in the Sky Bet Championship table ahead of this weekend's fixtures and they will be looking to carry their good form on against The Rams.

Derby are in good form themselves, with Steve McClaren's side winning five games on the trot with four clean sheets in that run, and will be aiming to claim the Brian Clough Trophy in the televised match.

Hildeberto Pereira returns after serving a three-match suspension while Armand Traore is also fit having missed recent weeks through injury. Danny Fox remains on the sidelines but Joe Worrall is likely to return having missed the win over Newcastle with concussion. 

Britt Assombalonga is doubtful after picking up a minor hamstring injury in training this week and Philippe Montanier will leave it to the last minute to make a decision on the striker.

Derby will have Darren Bent, Max Lowe and Ikechi Anya available after the trio missed last week's win over Wigan. Nick Blackman was expected to return to training this week but is not available, while Cyrus Christie, George Thorne and Craig Forsyth are also missing.

Nottingham Forest

Cardiff City (H) - Lost 2-1
Reading (A) - Lost 2-0
Queens Park Rangers (H) - Drew 1-1
Ipswich Town (A) - Won 2-0
Barnsley (A) - Won 5-2
Newcastle (H) - Won 2-1

Derby County

Huddersfield (A) - Lost 1-0
Sheffield Wednesday (H) - Won 2-0
Wolves (A) - Won 3-2
Rotherham (H) - Won 3-0
Norwich (H) - Won 1-0
Wigan (A) - Won 1-0

Tom Ince

Forward Tom Ince is in fine form and has scored four goals in his last four games, including braces in the wins over Wolves and Rotherham.

Ince, who played six games for Forest in a loan spell from Hull City in 2014, has pace that can threaten defences as he drifts across the front-line and his long-distance shooting can cause problems.

With five goals so far this season, Ince is leading The Rams' scoring charts and will be one for the Forest defenders to keep their eye on.

Derby County manager Steve McClaren said: "It should be a packed house and a great atmosphere. It's remarkable how supporters can make a difference in matches - and they certainly can do in these games.

"We're not going to have it all our own way and that's when we really need the fans to get behind us and help us through. We know the enormity of the game for the supporters and, at the end of the day, they are the most important people. We want to give them bragging rights.

"I don't see form going out of the window this time, because both teams are going well. I've watched them and seen their confidence grow and, like us, they will be hoping to keep their good run going. So, it looks like being one hell of a match."

Nottingham Forest have SOLD OUT their allocation of 3,100 tickets for this fixture and no further tickets will be available for this match.

Derby County will not be issuing duplicate tickets for the fixture, therefore all tickets must be collected in advance. All tickets must be collected from the Nottingham Forest ticket office. 

Live audio commentary of the game will be available on Forest Player HD from 7pm while there will also be live text commentary available on the Forest Wall and on the club's Twitter page from 7.30pm. Forest Player HD will also have extended match highlights from 12pm on Saturday afternoon, as well as all the reaction from the Forest camp after the game.

To win:

Derby County - 4/5
Nottingham Forest - 7/2
Draw - 13/5

To score first:

Tom Ince - 9/2
Darren Bent - 9/2
Britt Assombalonga - 11/2
Apostolos Vellios - 15/2

Fixtures to be played at 3pm on Saturday unless otherwise stated.

Aston Villa v Wigan
Barnsley v Norwich
Brentford v Burton
Huddersfield v Bristol City
Ipswich v Cardiff
Newcastle v Birmingham
Reading v Sheffield Wednesday
Rotherham v QPR
Wolves v Fulham
Preston v Blackburn (kick-off 5.30pm)

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