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Match preview: Barnsley (A)

25 November 2016

Nottingham Forest travel to Barnsley for the Sky Bet Championship clash on Friday to try and make it two away wins in a week (kick-off 7.45pm).

Nottingham Forest will be aiming for a second away win in a week as they make the trip to Yorkshire to take on Barnsley.

A first-half brace from Britt Assombalonga secured a first away win of the season at Ipswich on Saturday. The Reds also secured a first clean sheet and will be aiming to follow that up with the visit to Oakwell.

Barnsley come into the match on the back of three straight draws and will be looking to be more clinical in front of goal as they have played out two consecutive 0-0 stalemates. 

The draw against Wigan last weekend was the third clean sheet in four games for Paul Heckingbottom's side who currently sit 15th in the Championship table.

Hildeberto Pereira will be missing again for Forest as he serves the second game of a three-match ban and Dani Pinillos will also miss out with a minor knee injury. Chris Cohen will be out for around three months with a groin injury, while Eric Lichaj and Britt Assombalonga have also picked up slight injuries and are doubts for the match.

The game is likely to be too soon for Matty Cash, but Nicklas Bendtner and David Vaughan could be involved. Jack Hobbs's recovery continues as he made his playing return for the Under 23s on Tuesday, playing the full 90 minutes in the 2-1 win against Mansfield.

There are no fresh injury concerns for Barnsley coming into the match. Aidan White and Stefan Payne are a few weeks away from returning to fitness, while Sessi D'Almeida remains a long-term absentee.

Nottingham Forest

Birmingham City (H) - Won 3-1
Blackburn Rovers (A) - Lost 2-1
Cardiff City (H) - Lost 2-1
Reading (A) - Lost 2-0
Queens Park Rangers (H) - Drew 1-1
Ipswich Town (A) - Won 2-0


Fulham (H) - Lost 4-2
Newcastle United (H) - Lost 2-0
Brentford (A) - Won 2-0
Bristol City (H) - Drew 2-2
Burton Albion (A) - Drew 0-0
Wigan Athletic (H) - Drew 0-0

Sam Winnall

Signed from Scunthorpe in 2014, Sam Winnall played a key role as the Tykes secured promotion from League One and the Johnstone's Paint Trophy last season.

His knack for being in the right place at the right time led to the forward scoring 24 goals last season and he has struck four times so far this year to lead Barnsley's scoring charts.

Barnsley head coach Paul Heckingbottom gave his thoughts on Nottingham Forest ahead of the match.

He said: “They’ve found a good way of playing at the minute and it makes them a real tough team in this league. We were looking forward to these two home games because we feel we haven’t played at home in a long time. We have to be strong, but we have to be more clinical in front of goal.  

“They are a threat, they’ve been stronger of late. When you watch their performances they have had much more energy about their game, been a bit more direct, jumping on second balls and they’ve been more effective. 

"They have been set up with five at the back in a system that has worked, allowing their two midfielders to really bomb forward and make forward runs to get on the second ball. They’ve looked strong in their last couple of games and it will make for a real competitive game.”

Nottingham Forest have been given an allocation of 1,500 unreserved seats located behind the goal in the North Stand. An additional allocation is available if required.

Tickets will remain on sale through the Nottingham Forest ticket office until 1pm today (Friday). 

Tickets are on general sale and are priced as follows:  

Adults - £28 
Seniors (65 years of age and above) - £20 
Young Adult (17-21 years of age) - £20 
Junior (12-16 years of age) - £10 
Under 12s - £5  

Tickets can also be bought with cash only on the gate at Oakwell at an extra cost of £2. Under 17 and Under 12 tickets will not be available. Tickets are priced:

Adults - £30
Seniors (65 years of age and above) - £22
Young Adult (17-21 years of age) - £22

Individuals buying away tickets through the Forest ticket office must provide their customer number. Each 2016-17 away ticket purchase is worth one loyalty point. Points may be required to purchase tickets for high-demand fixtures.   

Live audio commentary of the game will be available on Forest Player HD from 7pm while there will also be live text commentary available on the Forest Wall and on the club's Twitter page from 7.30pm. Forest Player HD will also have extended match highlights from 12pm on Saturday afternoon, as well as all the reaction from the Forest camp after the game.

To win:

Barnsley - 6/4
Nottingham Forest - 9/5
Draw - 23/10

To score first:

Sam Winnall - 9/2
Tom Bradshaw - 5/1
Britt Assombalonga - 21/5
Apostolos Vellios - 11/2

Fixtures to be played at 3pm on Saturday unless otherwise stated.

Aston Villa v Cardiff
Brentford v Birmingham
Brighton v Fulham
Derby v Norwich
Ipswich v QPR
Newcastle v Blackburn
Preston v Burton
Reading v Bristol City
Wolves v Sheffield Wednesday
Rotherham v Leeds (kick-off 5.30pm)
Huddersfield v Wigan (Monday, kick-off 7.45pm)

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