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Match pack: Bolton (H)

15 January 2016

Nottingham Forest will be hoping to claim a much-needed league victory on Saturday afternoon when they entertain struggling Bolton Wanderers at The City Ground (kick-off 3pm).


Pre-match brief

Nottingham Forest haven't been beaten in the league since 21 November but four consecutive 1-1 draws have left them 12 points adrift of the play-off places and needing a win over Bolton this weekend.

Dougie Freedman's former employers travel to The City Ground with troubles both on and off the pitch but Forest will know they cannot allow complacency to set in against a side who troubled Sheffield Wednesday in midweek.

It has been almost 15 years since Bolton tasted victory on Trentside and The Reds will need that good run against Wanderers to continue if they are to make progress up the league table and back towards the top six.

Last time out

Ten-man Nottingham Forest extended their unbeaten run to ten matches with a 1-1 draw against Birmingham City at The City Ground on Tuesday night.

Headers from Birmingham's Jon Toral and Forest's Matt Mills meant the scores were locked level when David Vaughan was red-carded for a high foot with 16 minutes to play.

The Blues were unable to capitalise on their man advantage, however, and Forest's unbeaten run continued.

Forest: De Vries, Lichaj, Mills (c), Mancienne, Jokic, Mendes (Gardner 76'), Vaughan, Tesche, Osborn, O'Grady (Burke 89'), Oliveira (Ward 71')


Bolton remain rooted to the bottom of the Sky Bet Championship after they were edged out by Sheffield Wednesday in a frantic game at Hillsborough on Tuesday night.

Fernando Forestieri gave the home side the lead early on with a 30-yard effort but former Wednesday striker Gary Madine levelled the contest five minutes later as he turned home from close range.

The hosts retook the advantage shortly after half-time as Gary Hopper converted Daniel Pudil’s cross but Bolton hit back once again as defender David Wheater scored his first goal of the season with a glancing header.

But Hooper grabbed the winner for the home side with 13 minutes to play as he got away from Wheater before producing a fine finish from a tight angle past Ben Amos.

Bolton: Amos, Holding, Dervite, Wheater, Moxey, Vela (Clough 84'), Trotter, Feeney, Pratley, Wellington Silva (Woolery 90'), Madine

Previous encounter

Nottingham Forest stormed to a comfortable victory over Bolton Wanderers on their last visit to The City Ground in February as a Chris Burke brace helped The Reds to take all three points.

The Scottish winger gave Forest the lead on eight minutes as he fired the rebound home after Andrew Lonergan had saved his initial effort before Michail Antonio doubled the trouble for Bolton with a stunning run and finish.

Adam Le Fondre gave the visitors hope as he converted a penalty in first-half injury time but Forest resumed control after the break as a spot-kick from Henri Lansbury and another strike from Burke saw them ease to victory.


Are tickets available?

Tickets for Nottingham Forest's Sky Bet Championship game against Bolton Wanderers at The City Ground on Saturday 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 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 tonight's meeting with Bolton.

Chairman and owner Fawaz Al Hasawi and manager Dougie Freedman give their latest thoughts while there is a feature interview with Gary Gardner as the midfielder talks about his return to Trentside.

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 7/10 favourites to beat Bolton on Saturday afternoon with the draw priced at 11/4 and a win for the visitors further out at 19/5.

Official Football League betting partner Sky Bet are tipping Forest to take a 2-0 victory which can be backed at 6/1 while Reds striker Nelson Oliveira is priced 4/1 to score the first goal of the afternoon.

The Reds are priced at 6/4 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 25/1.

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

Around the grounds

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

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


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