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Match preview: Ipswich (A)

18 November 2016

Nottingham Forest travel to Ipswich Town in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday seeking their first away win of the season (kick-off 5.30pm).

Nottingham Forest will be aiming for a first win at Portman Road since 2012 when they visit Ipswich Town on Saturday evening. 

The Reds were pegged back in their last outing before the international break in a 1-1 draw against Queens Park Rangers, and Philippe Montanier's side will be hoping to pick up their first away win of the season in the televised clash.

Mick McCarthy's Ipswich have also had a stuttering start to the season and find themselves in 15th place in the table, but come into the match having drawn against Rotherham and snatched a last-gasp winner against Sheffield Wednesday. 

Hildeberto Pereira will miss out as he starts a three-match ban following his third red card of the season against Queens Park Rangers. The game is too soon for Matty Cash and Nicklas Bendtner as they continue their recoveries from injury, while David Vaughan, Jack Hobbs and Armand Traore are still a few weeks away from returning to full training. 

Dani Pinillos is in contention to be involved for the first time this season, and Mustapha Carayol is close to a return while Michael Mancienne is also set to return from injury.

Defender Adam Webster has been ruled out for Ipswich after injuring his hamstring in the win at Sheffield Wednesday. Josh Emmanuel is set to return at right back, with captain and former Forest defender Luke Chambers reverting to centre back. 

David McGoldrick, Jonny Williams, Tom Lawrence and Christophe Berra all returned from international duty without injury and are set to be included, as is youngster Kundai Benyu who has impressed in the Under 23s.

Nottingham Forest

Bristol City (A) - Lost 2-1
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

Huddersfield (H) - Lost 1-0
Blackburn (A) Drew 0-0
Burton (H) - Won 2-0
Newcastle (A) - Lost 3-0
Rotherham (H) - Drew 2-2
Sheffield Wednesday (A) - Won 2-1

Freddie Sears

The pacy forward struggled to hit the ground running at the start of this season, but has found his feet as he hit the back of the net in the home win over Burton and draw with Rotherham last month.

The 26-year-old diminutive striker came through the ranks at West Ham, before making the move to Portman Road via Colchester in January 2015. 

His high-energy style is likely to keep The Reds defence occupied along with strike partner, and former Forest man, David McGoldrick.

Manager Mick McCarthy is aiming to make Portman Road a fortress after a disappointing home record this season, with the last outing a 2-2 draw with bottom side Rotherham.

He said: “We want to win games and we want to entertain the fans that come and watch us.

“I’m not going to say it was unacceptable against Rotherham though. I don’t think we played that badly. We just gave two really mucky goals away that we don’t normally concede.  

“We’ve got to get the home record better. Two years ago the home form was really good when we finished in the top six and I think we need to get back to that if we are going to do that again.

“Forest have been 3-5-2. I don’t think they’ve won a game that way, so whether they continue to play that way or have worked on something different over the break I don’t know, but we’ve got our way of playing and will worry about our performance.”

Tickets for tomorrow's match at Portman Road are no longer for sale through the Nottingham Forest ticket office. 

Supporters who are unable to collect any pre-paid match tickets from Nottingham Forest are asked to please contact the ticket office (0115 982 4388) in order to arrange for the tickets to be collected at Portman Road on the day.

Forest have received an allocation of 1,508 reserved seat tickets located along the side of the pitch in the upper tier of the Cobbold Stand.

Tickets will be available on the day of the game, with cash only, at turnstiles 10 and 11 at Portman Road. These will be priced as follows: 

Adults - £35
Seniors (60 years of age and above) - £25.50
Students in full-time education (with a valid NUS card) - £25.50
Under 20s (16-19 years of age) - £24.50
Under 16s - £12.50

Live audio commentary of the game will be available on Forest Player HD from 2pm while there will also be live text commentary available on the Forest Wall and on the club's Twitter page from 2.30pm. Forest Player HD will also have extended match highlights from 12pm on Sunday afternoon, as well as all the reaction from the Forest camp after the game.

To win:

Ipswich Town - Evens
Nottingham Forest - 14/5
Draw - 12/5

To score first:
David McGoldrick - 23/5
Grant Ward - 24/5
Britt Assombalonga - 24/5
Apostolos Vellios - 13/2

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

Brighton v Aston Villa (Friday, kick-off 7.45pm)
Barnsley v Wigan
Birmingham v Bristol City
Blackburn v Brentford
Cardiff v Huddersfield
Derby v Rotherham
Fulham v Sheffield Wednesday
Preston v Wolves
QPR v Norwich
Reading v Burton
Leeds v Newcastle (Sunday, kick-off 1.15pm)

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