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Match pack: Preston (H)

8 March 2016

Nottingham Forest have an important City Ground double-header this week and the first part sees them come up against Preston North End on Tuesday night (kick-off 7.45pm).

Pre-match brief

Nottingham Forest are struggling to put a stop to their losing streak at present but an improved performance against Ipswich Town on Saturday showed signs of promise ahead of the clash with Preston on Tuesday night.

It was a case of missed opportunities for The Reds at Portman Road and Dougie Freedman's men will need to find their shooting boots if they are to overcome Simon Grayson's play-off chasing side.

Forest and North End haven't met in a league encounter at The City Ground since February 2011 and the home side will be in much need of three points when they renew acquaintances on Trentside this time around.

Last time out

An impressive away performance was not enough to prevent Nottingham Forest from suffering defeat at Ipswich Town on Saturday as Ben Pringle's second-half strike was enough to earn the home side all three points.

Nelson Oliveira, Gary Gardner and Matt Mills all had chances to put The Reds in front at Portman Road but ultimately they were to succumb to Pringle's low effort which beat Dorus de Vries after hitting the post.

Forest: De Vries, Lichaj, Mancienne, Mills (c), Jokic (Cohen 78'), Mendes (Petravicius 78'), Gardner, Vaughan, Osborn, Oliveira (Grant 78'), Blackstock

Preston earned a creditable goalless draw against high-flying Brighton and Hove Albion at Deepdale on Saturday and have now lost just once in their last seven matches.

Simon Grayson’s side came closest to breaking the deadlock when Calum Woods latched onto Adam Reach’s left-wing cross but he smashed his shot against the crossbar.

The home side had further chances through Paul Huntington, Joe Garner and Reach while Brighton’s Jamie Murphy also saw an opportunity saved by North End goalkeeper Chris Kirkland.

Preston: Kirkland, Woods, Cunningham (Robinson 82'), Clarke (c), Huntington, Wright, Browne, Gallagher, Johnson (Hugill 90'), Reach, Garner (Doyle 88')

Previous encounter

Nottingham Forest were beaten 1-0 at Deepdale in the reverse fixture back in November as Eoin Doyle's second-minute goal was enough to earn North End all three points despite late pressure from The Reds.

The last meeting between the two sides at The City Ground came in the fourth round of the FA Cup in the 2013-14 season as the game ended in a goalless draw with Forest going on to win the replay 2-0 at Deepdale.

February 2011 was the last time the two teams met in a league encounter on Trentside as goals from Paul Konchesky and Chris Cohen earned Forest a share of the spoils in an entertaining 2-2 draw.

Are tickets available?

Tickets for Nottingham Forest's Sky Bet Championship game against Preston North End at The City Ground on Tuesday night are on sale at

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 and via @Official_NFFC on Twitter.

Forest Player HD will also have extended match highlights from 12pm on Wednesday, 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 Tuesday night's meeting with Preston North End.

Chairman and owner Fawaz Al Hasawi and manager Dougie Freedman give their latest thoughts, there are feature interviews with Dimitar Evtimov, Nigel Jemson while Julian Bennett reveals his greatest goal in a Forest shirt.

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 7/5 favourites to take victory against Preston North End on Tuesday night the draw priced at 9/4 and a win for the visitors priced at 2/1.

Official Football League betting partner Sky Bet are backing Nelson Oliveira to grab the first goal of the game at 6/1 while the Portuguese striker is priced 9/4 to score at any time during the 90 minutes.

The Reds are priced at 11/4 to be winning at both half-time and full-time while for supporters who fancy Forest to be trailing at half-time and come back to win the game then that can be backed at 33/1.

For all the latest odds on Tuesday night's game, please visit and make a prediction for Forest v Preston.

Around the grounds

All games to be played at 7.45pm on Tuesday unless stated

Blackburn v Birmingham
Brighton v Sheffield Wednesday
Cardiff v Leeds
Charlton v MK Dons
Fulham v Burnley
Huddersfield v Reading
QPR v Derby
Rotherham v Middlesbrough
Wolves v Bristol City
Bolton v Ipswich (Tuesday, kick-off 8pm)


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