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Match pack: Ipswich (A)

4 March 2016

Nottingham Forest have performed well away from home in recent weeks and will look for success on the road when they travel to Ipswich Town on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

Pre-match brief

Consecutive defeats to Huddersfield, Burnley and Bristol City meant February ended on a disappointing note for Nottingham Forest but The Reds will be hoping to get March underway with a win over play-off chasing Ipswich.

Mick McCarthy's side had lost three straight games themselves before last weekend's win over Huddersfield and Forest will make the journey to Suffolk aiming to put a further dent in the Tractor Boys' promotion hopes.

Forest haven't tasted victory at Portman Road since a 3-1 win there in January 2012 and will need to get a positive result this weekend if they are to break back into the top half of the Sky Bet Championship table.

Last time out

Nottingham Forest were beaten 2-1 at home by Bristol City last weekend as goals from Jonathan Kodjia and Aden Flint gave the Robins an important victory in their battle against relegation from the Sky Bet Championship.

The Reds made a bright start and took the lead through a smart finish from Ben Osborn but Kodjia levelled matters before half-time with Flint heading home the winner with 20 minutes remaining.

Forest: De Vries, Lichaj, Mills (c), Mancienne, Jokic, Cohen, Vaughan (Gardner 68'), Tesche (Mendes 74'), Osborn, Ward (Walker 19'), Oliveira


Ben Pringle's 19th-minute strike was enough to end Ipswich's recent losing run as they won 1-0 at Huddersfield on Saturday to move to within four points of the play-off places in the Sky Bet Championship.

Town had suffered three straight defeats prior to their trip to Yorkshire but Pringle scored the only goal of the game as he converted Daryl Murphy's right-wing cross to give the Tractor Boys a much-needed victory.

Ipswich: Bialkowski, Chambers, Smith, Berra, Knudsen, Foley (Maitland-Niles 80'), Pringle (Bru 60'), Douglas, Sears (Digby 90'), Murphy, Pitman

Previous encounters

The reverse fixture saw Nottingham Forest and Ipswich Town share a 1-1 draw in October as Liam Trotter's last-minute strike on his debut cancelled out Jonathan Parr's excellent opener for the Tractor Boys.

Forest's last victory at Portman Road came back in January 2012 as a brace from Marcus Tudgay and a strike from Garath McCleary gave The Reds an impressive 3-1 win in Suffolk.


Are tickets available?

Tickets for Nottingham Forest's Sky Bet Championship trip to Ipswich Town are now off sale from the Forest ticket office but will be available to purchase on arrival at Portman Road from turnstiles 10 and 11.

Prices will be as follows:

Adult: £35
Students and concessions: £25.50
Under 20s: £24.50
Under 16s: £12.50

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 13/5 outsiders to take all three points away from Portman Road on Saturday with the draw priced at 9/4 and a victory for the home side as the current favourite at 11/10.

A repeat of the 1-1 scoreline the two sides shared in October is priced at 9/2 or for Forest supporters who think their side will take a 1-0 win away from the game then that result is on offer at 8/1.

Ben Osborn scored Forest's goal in the 2-1 defeat to Bristol City last weekend and the midfielder can be backed at 18/1 to score the first goal at Portman Road or 6/1 to find the net at any time during 90 minutes.

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

Around the grounds

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

Middlesbrough v Wolves (Friday, kick-off 7.45pm)
Bristol City v Cardiff (Saturday, kick-off 12pm)
Burnley v Blackburn (Saturday, kick-off 12.30pm)
Brentford v Charlton
Derby v Huddersfield
Leeds v Bolton
MK Dons v QPR
Preston v Brighton
Reading v Fulham
Sheffield Wednesday v Rotherham


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