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Match pack: Bristol City (H)

26 February 2016

Nottingham Forest will be looking for three points and an accomplished home performance when they take on struggling Bristol City at The City Ground on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 3pm).

Pre-match brief

Nottingham Forest head into Saturday's game against Bristol City after back-to-back defeats against Huddersfield and Burnley but will be aiming to put things right against Lee Johnson's relegation-threatened side.

The visitors enjoyed something of a resurgence following Johnson's appointment but Tuesday's 4-0 home defeat to Brighton may have shaken their confidence ahead of tomorrow's trip to Trentside.

Dougie Freedman's men will be out for revenge on the Robins after suffering a 2-0 defeat in the reverse fixture at Ashton Gate in October but will face a tough test against a City side battling for points to avoid the drop.

Last time out

Nottingham Forest suffered a disappointing 1-0 defeat at promotion-chasing Burnley on Tuesday night, their first defeat away from home since the 2-1 reverse at Brentford on 21 November.

Sam Vokes’ second-half strike sealed victory for the home side, who had been kept at bay by a resolute Forest defence until the 68th minute.

Forest: De Vries, Lichaj, Mancienne, Mills (c), Jokic, Ward, Vaughan (Blackstock 74'), Tesche (Cohen 81'), Gardner, Osborn (Grant 81'), Oliveira

Bristol City manager Lee Johnson lost his unbeaten record as Robins boss when he side crashed to a 4-0 home defeat to Brighton and Hove Albion on Tuesday night.

The Seagulls took an eighth-minute lead at Ashton Gate as Jamie Murphy opened the scoring before Sam Baldock doubled the visitors’ advantage with only 21 minutes on the clock.

Tomer Hemed made it 3-0 with 11 minutes gone in the second half before an own goal from Mark Little completed a miserable night for Johnson’s side in front of their own supporters.

Bristol City: O'Donnell, Vyner (Little 63'), Flint, Pearce, Golbourne, Pack, Smith, Freeman, Tomlin, Bryan (Wilbraham 53'), Kodjia (Agard 74')

Previous encounter

Nottingham Forest were beaten 2-0 at Ashton Gate in the reverse fixture back in October as Aaron Wilbraham netted an early brace to give Bristol City a comfortable victory on a disappointing night for Dougie Freedman's men.

The last meeting between the two sides at The City Ground came on the opening day of the 2012-13 season when Adlene Guedioura's late strike was enough to beat the Robins on Trentside.

One of Forest's most memorable games against Bristol City came back in the 2008-09 campaign when a last-minute goal from Dexter Blackstock gave Forest all three points in an entertaining contest.

Are tickets available?

Tickets for Nottingham Forest's Sky Bet Championship game against Bristol City at The City Ground on Saturday are on sale at

For details and a full 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.
Is there a programme?

The official matchday programme will be available to buy and download for Saturday's meeting with Bristol City.

Chairman and owner Fawaz Al Hasawi and manager Dougie Freedman give their latest thoughts while there is a feature interview with Dexter Blackstock as he looks at The Reds' season so far.

Forest fans are reminded that they can download the official matchday magazine to their iPad, iPhone or Android device. Perfect for supporters unable to attend the game, the download can be accessed via this app now for Apple users or via this link for Android users.

Hard copies will be available from all the usual outlets around The City Ground.

Fancy a flutter?

Nottingham Forest are rated as the 6/5 favourites to beat relegation-threatened Bristol City on Saturday afternoon with both the draw and a win for the visitors priced at 23/10.

Official Football League betting partner Sky Bet are backing Nelson Oliveira to grab the first goal of the game at 11/2 while the Portuguese striker is priced 2/1 to score at any time during the 90 minutes.

The Reds are priced at 5/2 to be winning at both half-time and full-time while for supporters who fancy Forest to be trailing at half-time and come back to win the game then that can be backed at 28/1.

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

Around the grounds

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

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


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