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Match pack: Charlton (A)

1 January 2016

Nottingham Forest have a first away win since mid-September in their sights when they travel to relegation-threatened Charlton Athletic on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).


Pre-match brief

Nottingham Forest made it seven matches unbeaten thanks to Tuesday night's 1-1 draw at Cardiff City but will need to turn recent draws into victories if they are to close the gap to the Championship play-off places.

A much-needed away win is Forest's aim this weekend as they face a Charlton Athletic side who have only won once on home turf since 22 August and who currently sit just two points off the bottom of the league table.

Forest have not tasted victory against the Addicks since a 2-0 win at The Valley in February 2013 and a repeat of that scoreline this weekend would give Dougie Freedman's men the perfect start to 2016.

View from the Red corner

Eric Lichaj: “We’re due an away win. We almost had one at Cardiff but Nelson unfortunately missed the late chance which on another day he would have put in the back of the net.

“The game at Charlton will be a tough one but we’ll take the instructions from the manager, work hard in training and go down there with confidence. What we do know is that we’ll be working our hardest to take all three points."

Last time out

Oliver Burke scored his first senior goal as Nottingham Forest extended their unbeaten run to seven matches with a 1-1 draw at Cardiff City on Tuesday night.

The young winger scored with a sumptuous curling effort to give The Reds an early lead which was cancelled out almost immediately by a heavily deflected Aron Gunnarsson effort.

Substitute Nelson Oliveira could have won the game for Forest with the last kick of the match but he blazed the ball over from six yards after David Marshall parried a shot in the forward's direction. 

Forest: De Vries, Lichaj, Mills (c), Hobbs, Mancienne, Ward, Trotter, Williams (Osborn 71'), Tesche, O.Burke (Lansbury 85'), Blackstock (Oliveira 80')


Charlton's 2-0 home defeat against Wolves on Monday made it seven games without victory and increased the pressure on interim manager Karel Fraeye as the Addicks slipped to second-bottom of the Sky Bet Championship.

Wolves took the lead shortly after half-time thanks to Jordan Graham's first senior goal for the club before Charlton defender Harry Lennon deflected the ball into his own net to leave his side deep in the relegation battle.

Charlton: Henderson, Solly, Sarr, Lennon, Fox (Ceballos 80'), Ba, Jackson, Ghoochannejhad (Holmes-Dennis 66') Vaz Te, Lookman (Makienok 45'), Ahearne-Grant

Previous encounters

Nottingham Forest were beaten 2-1 in the corresponding fixture last season as a brace from Charlton's Frederic Bulot was enough to condemn The Reds to defeat in South London.

Bulot had curled Charlton into the lead with a sumptuous free-kick before Michail Antonio fired Forest level with an excellent run and finish but the Addicks midfielder gave his side victory with a close-range finish.


Are tickets available?

Tickets for Nottingham Forest's Sky Bet Championship trip to Charlton Athletic are available to purchase upon arrival at The Valley.

For full details and a 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.
Fancy a flutter?

Nottingham Forest are rated as the 6/5 favourites to take all three points away from Charlton on Saturday with the draw priced at 9/4 and a victory for the home side slightly further out at 23/10.

Forest haven't beaten Charlton in their last five attempts but they can be backed at 17/2 to win 2-0 at The Valley this weekend or at 18/1 for a more comfortable 3-0 victory.

Robert Tesche scored Forest's equaliser when the two sides met at The City Ground last season and the German midfielder is priced 12/1 to score the first goal of the game on Saturday or 9/2 to find the net at any time.

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

Around the grounds

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

Birmingham v Brentford
Bolton v Huddersfield
Burnley v Ipswich
Cardiff v Blackburn
Fulham v Sheffield Wednesday
Leeds v MK Dons
Middlesbrough v Derby
Preston v Rotherham
Reading v Bristol City


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