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Match pack: Birmingham (H)

12 January 2016

Nottingham Forest have the opportunity to complete a league double over Birmingham City when the two sides meet at The City Ground this evening (kick-off 7.45pm).


Pre-match brief

The weekend's Emirates FA Cup win over Queens Park Rangers made in nine games without defeat for Nottingham Forest and The Reds return to league action tonight with a game against play-off chasing Birmingham City.

Dougie Freedman's men haven't been beaten on their own turf since early-October but know they must continue to pick up victories if they are to stand any chance of reaching the top six at the end of the season.

Forest took a 1-0 win away from St Andrew's in the reverse fixture earlier in the campaign and they will close the gap on tonight's opponents to five points with a similar result this time around.

View from the Red corner

Dougie Freedman: "Birmingham will be a tough match. You’ll see a very physical game tomorrow night.

"They’re a well-organised side who play very direct. We need to make sure we’re in the right areas to pick up the second balls and, when we do, we have to punish them by creating opportunities."

Click here to read more pre-match thoughts from the Forest manager.

Last time out

Nottingham Forest reached the fourth round of The Emirates FA Cup on Saturday as Jamie Ward's first goal for the club gave them a slender 1-0 victory over Queens Park Rangers at The City Ground.

The win over Rangers has set up a home tie against Premier League side Watford in the next round where Forest will be looking to cause an upset against their higher-ranked opponents.

Forest: De Vries, Cohen (Lichaj 71'), Hobbs, Wilson, Mancienne, O.Burke, Osborn, Tesche, Gardner (Lansbury 62' (Jokic 80')), Ward, Blackstock (c)


Birmingham City were also in Emirates FA Cup third-round action on Saturday as they were beaten 2-1 by Premier League side Bournemouth at St Andrew's courtesy of a late strike from Glenn Murray.

Michael Morrison had given the Blues a 40th-minute lead with his third goal of the season but Lee Tomlin quickly equalised from the penalty spot before Murray scored five minutes from time to send the Cherries through.

Birmingham: Legzdins, Eardley (Lowry 45'), Morrison, Spector, Grounds, Cotterill (Maghoma 45'), Davis, Kieftenbeld, Solomon-Otabor (Toral 68'), Shinnie, Vaughan

Previous encounter

Nottingham Forest were 1-0 winners in the reverse fixture at St Andrew's back in September as Dexter Blackstock's 54th-minute goal handed them victory against a Blues side who hadn't previously been beaten at home.

Blackstock was on hand to convert Jamie Ward's cross from close range to give Forest a first win at St Andrew's since 2012 and a second consecutive away win following their victory at QPR three days before.


Are tickets available?

Tickets for Nottingham Forest's Sky Bet Championship game against Birmingham City at The City Ground this evening are on sale at tickets.nottinghamforest.co.uk.

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 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.
Is there a programme?

The official matchday programme will be available to buy and download for tonight's meeting with Birmingham.

Chairman and owner Fawaz Al Hasawi and manager Dougie Freedman give their latest thoughts while there is a feature interview with Chris Cohen as he reflects on his return to the Forest side.

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 23/20 favourites to beat Birmingham this evening with the draw priced at 11/5 and a win for the visitors slightly further out at 13/5.

Official Football League betting partner Sky Bet are tipping Forest to grab a 1-0 victory which can be backed at 5/1 while Reds winger Jamie Ward is priced 8/1 to score the first goal of the night.

The Reds are priced at 9/4 to be winning at both half-time and full-time while if you fancy Forest to be trailing at half-time and come back to win the game then that can be backed at 33/1.

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

Around the grounds

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

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


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