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Match pack: Derby (A)

18 March 2016

Nottingham Forest make the short trip across the A52 on Saturday lunchtime for a Sky Bet Championship clash against their East Midlands rivals Derby County (kick-off 12.30pm).

Pre-match brief

A positive performance and result at Hull City on Tuesday night should provide Nottingham Forest with plenty of confidence heading into the East Midlands derby at iPro Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Forest will be looking to do the double over their bitter rivals after a 1-0 win at The City Ground earlier in the season but face a tough test against a Rams side pushing for promotion to the Premier League.

This fixture has had it all in recent seasons including controversy, late goals, red cards and thumping victories for both sides and it promises to be another exciting derby-day this time around.

Last time out

Gary Gardner scored a stunning goal as Nottingham Forest drew 1-1 at Hull’s KC Stadium on Tuesday night, giving Paul Williams gained a creditable draw in his first game in charge as Forest head coach.

The Aston Villa loanee opened the scoring with a beautiful 30-yard effort, only for City substitute Sone Aluko to level the scores in the second half.

Forest: De Vries, Lichaj, Mills (c), Mancienne, Jokic, Mendes (Blackstock 85'), Cohen (Tesche 72'), Vaughan, Osborn, Gardner, Macheda (O.Burke 58')

Derby County conceded three goals in eight minutes to surrender a commanding and comfortable three goal lead to be held to a deflating 3-3 draw at Rotherham United last weekend.

A brace from Tom Ince and another strike from Chris Martin had given the Rams a seemingly-unassiable lead at the New York Stadium but Danny Ward's goal and a double from Leon Best gave Rotherham an unlikely point.

Derby: Carson, Christie, Keogh, Shackell, Olsson, Thorne (Blackman 75'), Hendrick, Bryson, Ince, Johnson, Martin (Bent 75')

Previous encounters

Nelson Oliveira's early goal was enough to give Nottingham Forest victory over Derby County in the reverse fixture at The City Ground in November as The Reds recorded their second-straight East Midlands derby win.

Last season's game at the iPro Stadium was an unforgettable one for Forest fans as goals from Britt Assombalonga and Ben Osborn, the latter coming in the 91st minute, earned a 2-1 victory for Stuart Pearce's side.

Are tickets available?

Tickets for Nottingham Forest's Sky Bet Championship trip to Derby County have sold out.

No further tickets will be made available to Forest supporters.

Should any supporters need to upgrade their ticket, the away end will be open from approximately 11am. All upgrades will be subject to the matchday price increase (£3 adults, £2 under 18s/seniors).

Any supporters who fail to bring ID as proof of their eligibility for a concessions' ticket will be required to upgrade to the matchday adult price.

All upgrades are cash only.

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.
Fancy a flutter?

Nottingham Forest are rated as the 17/4 outsiders to take all three points away from the iPro Stadium on Saturday with the draw priced at 13/5 and a victory for the home side as the current favourite at 4/6.

A repeat of The Reds' 2-1 victory on the same ground last season can be backed at 16/1 while a 2-0 win for The Reds has received a price boost from Sky Bet and can now be backed at 33/1.

Federico Macheda made his Forest debut at Hull on Tuesday night and the on-loan striker is priced at 9/1 to score the first goal on Saturday or at 100/30 to find the net at any time during the 90 minutes.

For all the latest odds on Saturday's East Midlands derby, please visit and make a prediction for Derby v Forest.

Around the grounds

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

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

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