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Match preview: Preston (H)

13 December 2016

Nottingham Forest welcome Preston North End to The City Ground for the Sky Bet Championship clash on Wednesday (kick-off 7.45pm).

Nottingham Forest will be aiming to bounce back from defeat in the East Midlands derby when Preston visit The City Ground. Derby County ran out 3-0 winners at the iPro Stadium and Philippe Montanier's men will look to get back to winning ways for the visit of North End.

Despite the defeat, The Reds' form has been good with three wins from the last four but the visitors are also in good shape heading into the festive period.

North End won their own local derby on the weekend, beating Blackburn Rovers 3-2 on Saturday, and have suffered just two defeats in the last 12 games.

Henri Lansbury is set to be out for a few weeks after injuring his hamstring in the warm-up before the match with Derby, while Britt Assombalonga also remains sidelined.

Jermaine Beckford and Eoin Doyle are still suspended following their red cards at Sheffield Wednesday, while Paul Gallagher is a doubt as he aims to come back from injury. The match is likely to come too soon for John Welsh and Stevie May to return.

Nottingham Forest

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 (A) - Lost 3-0

Preston North End

Newcastle (H) - Lost 2-1
Rotherham (A) - Won 3-1
Wolves (H) - Drew 0-0
Burton (H) - Drew 1-1
Sheffield Wednesday (A) - Lost 2-1
Blackburn (H) - Won 3-2

Daniel Johnson

Midfielder Daniel Johnson is in fine form having scored a brace in the derby win over Blackburn Rovers on Saturday.

The former Aston Villa midfielder provides great energy from midfield as well as a goal threat having led the scoring charts for North End last season, and the Jamaican-born man has played a key role in North End's good form.

Preston manager Simon Grayson said: “They are all tough away games in the Championship. They have spent a lot of money, have some experienced players, but hopefully we can replicate some of the performances we have had on the road in the last few weeks, at Rotherham, Norwich, Brighton and Birmingham. 

“I don’t know too much about the manager, but I am sure he doesn’t know too much about me either! But he will be pleased with how they have done attacking wise. 

“We have highlighted their strengths and weaknesses and stated how we want to implement our own plans and tactics and hopefully we can do that. 

“I went to the Newcastle game, where I only really learnt anything for the first half an hour, but I saw the game at the weekend as well and we have had them watched three or four times, but whatever we leant, it is still about what we do. 

“If we can be solid and be ruthless in box boxes, we can have a chance to win the game.” 

NFFC members can claim a £10 discount on match tickets, with one membership entitling the supporter to one discounted match ticket purchased using their customer number.

Prices (matchday rate in brackets) are as follows: 

General Sale

Adults - £24 (£26) NFFC Member - £14 (£16)
Seniors - £17 (£19) NFFC Member - £7 (£9)
Under 18s - £12 (£12)
Under 12s - £6 (£6)

Family Area  

Adults - £19 (£21) NFFC Member - £9 (£11)
Seniors - £14 (£16) NFFC Member - £4 (£6) 
Under 18s - £10 (£10) 
Under 12s - £5 (£5)

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:

Nottingham Forest - 7/5
Preston - 2/1
Draw - 11/5

To score first:

Apostolos Vellios - 5/1
Nicklas Bendtner - 11/2
Jordan Hugill - 7/1
Callum Robinson - 7/1

Fixtures to be played at 7.45pm on Tuesday unless otherwise stated.

Birmingham v Ipswich
Blackburn v Brighton
Bristol City v Brentford
Burton v Huddersfield
Cardiff v Wolves
Fulham v Rotherham
Leeds v Reading
Norwich v Aston Villa
Sheffield Wednesday v Barnsley
QPR v Derby (kick-off 7.45pm, Wednesday)
Wigan v Newcastle (kick-off 7.45pm, Wednesday)

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