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Match preview: Wolves (H)

16 December 2016

Nottingham Forest welcome Wolves to The City Ground for the Sky Bet Championship clash on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).


Nottingham Forest come into the match on the back of one defeat in the last six, but that did come against rivals Derby. A 1-1 draw with Preston on Wednesday added another point to the total, but it could have been all three as a strong second-half showing almost heralded a winner.

Wolves will be aiming to end a barren run of form which has seen just one win in their last 12 games. A defeat against Cardiff on Tuesday meant Wolves fell below their opponents into 20th in the table.

Paul Lambert's side will be targeting points over the festive period to avoid a relegation scrap and will be looking to their away form for hope with that defeat at Cardiff the only one in the last four on their travels.

Henri Lansbury and Britt Assombalonga are set to be missing again for The Reds after both sat out Wednesday's draw.

Goalkeeper Carl Ikeme is a doubt for Wolves having missed the last two games through injury, and with number two Andy Lonergan also sidelined, 19-year-old Harry Burgoyne is likely to continue in goal.

Helder Costa is a doubt after the winger came off at half time in the defeat to Cardiff, while Prince Oniangue, Lee Evans and Joe Mason are all nearing fitness but the match at The City Ground is likely to be too soon for them. 

Nottingham Forest

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 (H) - Drew 1-1

Wolves

Derby County (H) - Lost 3-2
Preston (A) - Drew 0-0
Sheffield Wednesday (H) - Lost 2-0
Queens Park Rangers (A) - Won 2-1
Fulham (H) - Drew 4-4
Cardiff (A) - Lost 2-1


Helder Costa

Portuguese winger Helder Costa has made a good start to life at Molineux, scoring five goals in all competitions, and provides a creative spark for Paul Lambert's side.

The Under 23 international signed on loan from Benfica in the summer, having had similar spells in Spain with Deportivo la Coruna and with Monaco in France.

With three assists to his name as well, his pace and trickery is likely to cause problems and is someone the Forest defence will need to keep a close eye on.

Wolves defender Richard Stearman said: “You sink or swim in the Championship – it’s a ruthless league. 

"We have a lot of new faces and a few boys who haven’t played in this division. It is down to the likes of myself, Danny (Batth) and Eddo (Dave Edwards) to help those lads learn and learn quickly.

“We are at the wrong end of the table and we will struggle to get out of it if we don’t pull our fingers out and start picking up some points. We have to be stronger and we have to concede fewer goals.

“The gaffer was bitterly disappointed after the Cardiff game and he let the boys know. No one ever has a problem with that – if it gives everyone a kick up the backside then so be it. Then it is all about showing a reaction and performing better next time. That is what we need to do now against Nottingham Forest. Whoever is selected for that match needs to go out and show a reaction."

Tickets are on general sale. Prices (matchday rates in brackets) are as follows:

General sale

Adults - £26 (£28) 
Seniors - £18 (£20) 
Under 18s - £14 (£14) 
Under 12s - £7 (£7)   

Family Area  

Adults - £21 (£23) 
Seniors - £16 (£18) 
Under 18s - £12 (£12) 
Under 12s - £6 (£6)  

Tickets can be purchased in-person at the ticket office, online at tickets.nottinghamforest.co.uk or by calling 0115 982 4388.

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
Wolves - 9/5
Draw - 5/2

To score first:

Apostolos Vellios - 5/1
Nicklas Bendtner - 11/2
Jon Dadi Bodvarsson - 51/10
Nouha Dicko - 6/1

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

Norwich v Huddersfield (kick-off 7.45pm, Friday)
Blackburn v Reading
Bristol City v Preston
Burton v Newcastle
Cardiff v Barnsley
Fulham v Derby
Leeds v Brentford
Sheffield Wednesday v Rotherham
Wigan v Ipswich
Birmingham v Brighton (kick-off 5.30pm)
QPR v Aston Villa (kick-off 12pm, Sunday)

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