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Match pack: Middlesbrough (A)

22 January 2016

Nottingham Forest will be hoping to put a dent in Middlesbrough's promotion hopes when they make the journey to the Riverside Stadium on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 3pm).


Pre-match brief

There will be no bigger test of Nottingham Forest's unbeaten run than a trip to promotion-chasing Middlesbrough but Dougie Freedman's men will travel to Teesside with ambitions of upsetting Boro's home league record.

The Reds made it 11 games without defeat in all competitions courtesy of their 3-0 win over Bolton on Saturday and it will be an impressive feat if they leave the Riverside Stadium having extended that sequence. 

Middlesbrough had not conceded a goal in nine league matches prior to their shock 1-0 defeat at lowly Bristol City on Saturday but Forest will be hoping to cause Aitor Karanka's side even more problems this weekend.

Last time out

Nottingham Forest cruised to a comfortable 3-0 victory at home to Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.

The Reds had the game wrapped up within 16 minutes, capitalising on Wanderers keeper Ben Amos' 12th-minute red card by scoring the subsequent penalty through Nelson Oliveria.

Oliver Burke added a second four minutes later and Man of the Match Jamie Ward put the icing on the cake with an 83rd-minute strike.

Forest: De Vries, Lichaj, Mancienne, Mills (c), Jokic, Ward, Gardner, Tesche (Cohen 86'), Osborn, O.Burke (Mendes 90'), Oliveira (Walker 70')


Middlesbrough fell to a surprise last-minute defeat at relegation-threatened Bristol City on Saturday which allowed Hull to close the gap to Aitor Karanka's side to just two points at the top of the Sky Bet Championship.

Boro looked on course to set a new Football League record of ten consecutive clean sheets before Wes Burns headed home in stoppage time to condemn the Teessiders to their first defeat since November.

Middlesbrough: Konstantopoulos, Nsue, Ayala, Amorebieta, Friend, Adomah, Clayton, Leadbitter (c), Downing, Stuani, Kike (Nugent 64')

Previous encounters

Nottingham Forest were beaten 2-1 in the reverse fixture at The City Ground earlier in the season as goals from David Nugent and Daniel Ayala were enough to give Middlesbrough the win despite a Matt Mills goal for Forest.

There was a home win apiece for the two sides in the last campaign as Boro ran out 3-0 winners at the Riverside while goals from Gary Gardner and Dexter Blackstock handed Forest a 2-1 victory at The City Ground.


Are tickets available?

Tickets for Nottingham Forest's Sky Bet Championship trip to Middlesbrough are on sale from the Forest ticket office.

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 5/1 outsiders to take all three points away from Middlesbrough on Saturday with the draw priced a 13/5 and a victory for the home side as the comfortable favourite at 8/13.

Forest supporters backing The Reds to keep things tight and secure a goalless draw can get odds of 7/1 while a slender 1-0 win for Dougie Freedman's men is further out at 11/1.

Matt Mills scored Forest's goal when the two sides met at The City Ground earlier in the season and the defender is priced 28/1 to net the first goal on Saturday or 10/1 to score at any time during the 90 minutes.

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

Around the grounds

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

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


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