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Match preview: Cardiff (H)

21 October 2016

Nottingham Forest and Cardiff City meet in front of the TV cameras on Saturday evening (kick-off 5.30pm) as The Reds look to continue their solid home form in the league.

Nottingham Forest will want to respond to Tuesday night's defeat at Blackburn Rovers when they face a rejuvenated Cardiff City at The City Ground on Saturday evening and an entertaining encounter looks set to be in store.

Philippe Montanier's men have scored more goals at home than anyone else in the Sky Bet Championship but The Bluebirds are a much tougher proposition these days under the new management of Neil Warnock.

Both sides have endured difficult starts to the season with Cardiff sitting in the relegation zone and Forest just three points above them and tomorrow gives both teams a chance to make progress up the league table.

Forest head coach Philippe Montanier will be without the services of Matt Mills and Hildeberto Pereira as the pair sit out due to suspension with the Portuguese defender also missing the trip to Reading next weekend.

David Vaughan, Mustapha Carayol and Michael Mancienne all face a race against time to be fit for the game but striker Britt Assombalonga could get more game time after coming off the bench at Blackburn on Tuesday night.

Cardiff boss Neil Warnock has an almost fully-fit squad to choose from for tomorrow's trip to The City Ground with only Emyr Huws and Jass Richard absent while Stuart O'Keefe and Anthony Pilkington are pushing for starts.

Nottingham Forest

Arsenal (H) - Lost 4-0
Sheffield Wednesday (A) - Lost 2-1
Fulham (H) - Drew 1-1
Bristol City (A) - Lost 2-1
Birmingham City (H) - Won 3-1
Blackburn Rovers (A) - Lost 2-1

Cardiff City

Leeds United (H) - Lost 2-0
Rotherham United (A) - Won 2-1
Derby County (H) - Lost 2-0
Burton Albion (A) - Lost 2-0
Bristol City (H) - Won 2-1
Sheffield Wednesday (H) - Drew 1-1

Rickie Lambert

Well-travelled striker Rickie Lambert signed for Cardiff from West Bromwich Albion on transfer deadline day to provide the Bluebirds’ attack with some much-needed experience.

The former Liverpool and Southampton man has scored goals at almost every level of English football and hit a brace in Cardiff’s 2-1 win at Rotherham last month.

Previously an England international, Lambert looks set to lead the line for Neil Warnock’s side at The City Ground and will certainly be one to watch for our defence as he sets about trying to add to his tally.

Neil Warnock: “I was at Notts County when Cloughie was over the water - they didn’t like British managers in them days either!

“But Forest is a good club. It’s got a lot of nostalgia and it's a great place to go and a play, with your away fans opposite the dugout and there's always a good atmosphere.

“It's a tough game for us. We've had some difficult fixtures so far and it's not going to get any easier, but all I can ask of the lads is that they give me everything as they have done.”

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

Prices (matchday rate in brackets) are as follows:

General sale

Adults: £25 (£27)
Seniors: £18 (£20)
Under 18s: £12 (£12)
Under 12s: £6 (£6) 

Live audio commentary of the game will be available on Forest Player HD from 5pm while there will also be live text commentary available on the Forest Wall and on the club's Twitter page from 5pm.

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.

Nottingham Forest - 7/5
Cardiff City - 37/20
Draw - 5/2

Prediction: 2-1 9/1

Bet of the day: Home win, both to score 37/10

Outside punt: Over 5.5 goals 13/1

Enhanced Wincast: Lansbury any time in a Forest win 13/2
Fixtures to be played at 3pm on Saturday unless otherwise stated

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

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