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Match pack: Sheffield Wednesday (H)

11 March 2016

Nottingham Forest will look to follow up their midweek victory over Preston with another important home win against play-off chasing Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

Pre-match brief

Nelson Oliveira's goal was enough to give Nottingham Forest a much-needed home win against Preston on Tuesday night but Saturday's visit of Sheffield Wednesday presents The Reds with another tough test.

Carlos Carvalhal's side currently occupy the final play-off spot in the Sky Bet Championship and Forest will need to be at their best if they are to get a first home win over the Owls in four years.

Forest could move back into the top half of the table with a win and Dougie Freedman will be expecting his side to show that Tuesday's win over Preston is the start of a positive run of results.

Last time out

Nottingham Forest secured a 1-0 victory over Preston on Tuesday night. The game was decided shortly before the break when Nelson Oliveira capped a classic counter attack with a simple finish at the Bridgford End.

Forest had a number of chances to double their lead early in the second half but in the end one goal was enough to secure the three points and give The Reds a first win in five matches.

Forest: De Vries, Lichaj, Mancienne, Mills (c), Cohen (Jokic 72'), Mendes (Vaughan 83'), Gardner, Tesche, Osborn, O'Grady, Oliveira (Grant 73')


Sheffield Wednesday produced a resolute away display to hold free-scoring Brighton to a 0-0 draw on Tuesday night.

Albion had scored 12 goals on the way to four consecutive home victories before coming up against Wednesday, who drew praise from Brighton boss Chris Hughton after making life difficult for his side by playing ‘very deep’.

Chances were at a premium on the south coast but with chasers Cardiff, Ipswich and Birmingham dropping points, the draw meant the Yorkshiremen held on to sixth place in the Sky Bet Championship.

Sheffield Wednesday: Westwood, Palmer, Loovens, Lees, Bennett, Hutchinson, Bannan, Lee, Matias (Wallace 83;), Hooper, Joao (Nuhiu 65')

Previous encounter

Nottingham Forest were beaten 1-0 at Hillsborough in the reverse fixture back in October as Fernando Forestieri's second-half strike was enough to earn Wednesday all three points.

Wednesday also ran out winners in the corresponding fixture last season thanks to goals from Kieran Lee and Chris Maguire as Forest suffered a first home defeat against the Owls since 2001.

The two sides shared a six-goal thriller back in April 2014 as Forest fought back from 3-1 down to claim a point courtesy of goals from Jamie Mackie, Marcus Tudgay and Jamie Paterson.


Are tickets available?

Tickets for Nottingham Forest's Sky Bet Championship game against Sheffield Wednesday at The City Ground on Saturday are on sale at tickets.nottinghamforest.co.uk.

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 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.
Is there a programme?

The official matchday programme will be available to buy and download for Saturday's meeting with Sheffield Wednesday.

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 6/4 favourites to take victory against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday with the draw priced at 9/4 and a win for the visitors priced at 7/4.

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 3/1 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 Saturday's game, please visit www.skybet.com/forest and make a prediction for Forest v Sheffield Wednesday.

Around the grounds

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

Blackburn v Leeds (Saturday, kick-off 12.30pm)
Bolton v Preston
Cardiff v Ipswich
Fulham v Bristol City
Huddersfield v Burnley
Hull v MK Dons
QPR v Brentford
Rotherham v Derby
Wolves v Birmingham (Sunday, kick-off 1.15pm)
Charlton v Middlesbrough (Sunday, kick-off 3.30pm)


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