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Match preview: Aston Villa (A)

10 September 2016

Nottingham Forest and Aston Villa will meet for the first time since 1999 when the two sides go head-to-head in the Sky Bet Championship at Villa Park on Sunday (kick-off 1.15pm).

Fresh from a two-week international break, Nottingham Forest will hope to pick up where they left off a fortnight ago when they travel to Aston Villa for a televised Sky Bet Championship clash on Sunday afternoon.

The Reds' 3-1 victory over Leeds United last time out was their third home win from three but they now go in search of their first away points of the season after defeats at Brighton and Brentford earlier in the campaign.

To do that they must overcome a Villa side who have spent big in the summer transfer window by bringing in the likes of Ross McCormack and Jonathan Kodjia and who are one of the favourites for promotion back to the top flight.

Forest head coach Philippe Montanier says Britt Assombalonga and Chris Cohen are expected to miss Sunday's game through injury but Damien Perquis should be available after recovering from a foot problem.

Nicklas Bendtner is not expected to play a part at Villa Park but three other deadline-day signings, Lica, Mustapha Carayol and Nicolao Dumitru, could all feature in Montanier's line-up at some stage.

Aston Villa's new signings Albert Adomah and Jonathan Kodjia could be named in the starting line-up on Sunday but Mile Jedinak may not be fit enough to play after suffering an injury on international duty with Australia.

Nottingham Forest

Doncaster Rovers (A) - Won 2-1
Brighton and Hove Albion (A) - Lost 3-0
Brentford (A) - Lost 1-0
Wigan Athletic (H) - Won 4-3
Millwall (A) - Won 2-1
Leeds United (H) - Won 3-1

Aston Villa

Sheffield Wednesday (A) - Lost 1-0
Luton Town (A) - Lost 3-1
Rotherham United (H) - Won 3-0
Huddersfield Town (H) - Drew 1-1
Derby County (A) - Drew 0-0
Bristol City (A) - Lost 3-1

Forest's last visit to Villa Park came back in the Premiership in April 1999 when goals from Mark Draper and Gareth Barry secured a 2-0 victory for the home side against a Reds team which included Steve Chettle, Des Lyttle and Marlon Harewood.

Ross McCormack

One the Championship's most-feared marksmen, Aston Villa paid out a reported £12million to land Ross McCormack from Fulham in the summer after the striker scored 23 goals for The Cottagers during the 2015-16 season.

The 30-year-old opened his Villa account during the 1-1 draw against Huddersfield Town and he could prove to be one half of a deadly strike-force alongside another of the club's new signings, Jonathan Kodjia.

Roberto Di Matteo: "Nottingham Forest have a very attacking philosophy. They like to play a lot with the ball, having possession and attacking. It should make it an interesting game.

"They score lots of goals. They concede lots of goals. All the ingredients are there for goals on Sunday.

"In many of the games, we have played some good football and good stuff and didn’t take advantage of the periods of time where we dominated the opposition."

Tickets for Nottingham Forest's trip to Aston Villa have sold out and no further tickets will be made available to Forest supporters.

Live audio commentary of the game will be available on Forest Player HD from 12.30pm while there will also be live text commentary available on the Forest Wall and on the club's Twitter page from 12.45pm.

Forest Player HD will also have extended match highlights from 12pm on Monday afternoon, as well as all the reaction from the Forest camp after the game.

To win:

Aston Villa - 3/4
Draw - 13/5
Nottingham Forest - 19/5

To score first:

Apostolos Vellios - 17/2
Henri Lansbury - 16/1
Pajtim Kasami - 20/1

Fixtures to be played at 3pm on Saturday unless stated

Reading 2-1 Ipswich
Brighton v Brentford
Fulham v Birmingham
Leeds v Huddersfield
Norwich v Cardiff
Preston v Barnsley
QPR v Blackburn
Rotherham v Bristol City
Sheffield Wednesday v Wigan
Wolves v Burton Albion
Derby v Newcastle (Saturday, kick-off 5.30pm)

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