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Match preview: Birmingham (H)

14 October 2016

Nottingham Forest will hope to put an end to Birmingham City's unbeaten run in the league when the two sides meet at The City Ground this evening (kick-off 7.45pm).

Nottingham Forest have used the two-week international break to prepare for an important week in their season and they get that underway this evening with a home game against Gary Rowett's in-form Birmingham City.

The City Ground has been a good source of points for The Reds so far this season and they will want to ensure that the increased time they have enjoyed on the training ground will help them achieve a first win in eight matches.

Birmingham have had a strong start to their Championship campaign, currently sitting in sixth and having only suffered one league defeat so far, and a win for the visitors tonight could see them go as high as second in the table.

Forest head coach Philippe Montanier expects to have central defender Damien Perquis available for tonight's clash but Michael Mancienne will need to undergo a late fitness test to see if he is able to take a place in the squad.

Britt Assombalonga and Daniel Pinillos both returned to full first-team training during the international break and although this evening's game may come too quickly for them, they are expected to return to the side soon.

Birmingham only have Paul Caddis missing as a long-term injury absentee but boss Gary Rowett expects to welcome back Clayton Donaldson, Robert Tesche, Maikel Kieftenbeld and Tomasz Kuszczak back into his squad.

Nottingham Forest

Rotherham United (A) - Drew 2-2
Norwich City (H) - Lost 2-1
Arsenal (H) - Lost 4-0
Sheffield Wednesday (A) - Lost 2-1
Fulham (H) - Drew 1-1
Bristol City (A) - Lost 2-1

Birmingham City

Fulham (A) - Won 1-0
Reading (A) - Drew 0-0
Sheffield Wednesday (H) - Won 2-1
Queens Park Rangers (A) - Drew 1-1
Preston North End (H) - Drew 2-2
Blackburn Rovers (H) - Won 1-0

Clayton Donaldson

A popular figure with Birmingham supporters, Clayton Donaldson ended last season as Blues’ top scorer with 11 goals to his name and already has four in the current campaign.

The Jamaican international scored a brace in the recent 3-0 win over Norwich City and has also found the net against Fulham and Sheffield Wednesday this season.

Donaldson has suffered from injury in recent weeks which means he hasn’t played since mid-September but he could return to the side this evening and will almost certainly be a threat in front of goal if he does.

Gary Rowett: "If you look at their squad they’ve got just as many talented players as any other squad in the Championship. To have the likes of Henri Lansbury and Britt Assambalonga coming back from injury and many others then they’ve got some really good players, so we’ve got to be mindful of that.

"I don’t think not winning for six games is something we can pre-occupy ourselves with. I think the only thing with that is that we know they’re going to have to try and make a strong start, because the crowd might get a little bit edgy and we’ve got to try and use that where we can."

Tickets for Nottingham Forest's game against Birmingham City are still available to purchase via tickets.nottinghamforest.co.uk, in-person at the ticket office or by calling 0115 982 4388.

Prices (matchday rate in brackets) are as follows:

General sale

Adults: £24 (£26)
Seniors: £17 (£19)
Under 18s: £12 (£12)
Under 12s: £6 (£6) 

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.

Nottingham Forest - 31/20
Birmingham City - 19/10
Draw - 23/10

Prediction: 2-2 12/1

Bet of the night: Over 3.5 goals 23/10

Outside punt: Away win HT, home win FT 26/1 

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

Cardiff v Bristol City (Friday, kick-off 7.45pm)
Barnsley v Fulham
Blackburn v Ipswich
Brighton v Preston
Derby v Leeds
Newcastle v Brentford
Norwich v Rotherham
QPR v Reading
Wigan v Burton Albion
Aston Villa v Wolves (Saturday, kick-off 5.30pm)
Huddersfield v Sheffield Wednesday (Sunday, kick-off 12pm)

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