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Match preview: Norwich (H)

16 September 2016

Nottingham Forest have a chance to make it four home wins in a row on Saturday afternoon when they entertain promotion favourites Norwich City (kick-off 3pm).

Two of the division's great entertainers go head-to-head this weekend as Nottingham Forest and Norwich City, who have scored 26 league goals between them so far this season, meet at The City Ground on Saturday.

Forest will go into the game in good spirits following a run of five matches without defeat in all competitions but face a tough examination from Alex Neil's side who have won four and drawn two of their seven league games to date.

This is a contest that usually produces goals, Forest have not failed to score in a home game against Norwich since December 2000, and if both teams' start to the season is anything to go by it could be another Trentside classic.

Forest midfielder Hildeberto Pereira is available for selection once again after serving his one-match suspension while Chris Cohen could also return to the squad after recovering from an injury which has kept him out for a week.

The game looks like it will come a little too soon for Britt Assombalonga to return to action while Damien Perquis will also need to be monitored after the defender limped off at half-time at Rotherham on Wednesday night.

Norwich are expected to be without Matt Jarvis and former Forest loanee Nelson Oliveira as the pair continue to recover from injury while Republic of Ireland defender Robbie Brady is also a doubt with a quad injury.

Nottingham Forest

Brentford (A) - Lost 1-0
Wigan Athletic (H) - Won 4-3
Millwall (A) - Won 2-1
Leeds United (H) - Won 3-1
Aston Villa (A) - Drew 2-2
Rotherham United (A) - Drew 2-2

Norwich City

Bristol City (H) - Won 1-0
Ipswich Town (A) - Drew 1-1
Coventry City (H) - Won 6-1
Birmingham City (A) - Lost 3-0
Cardiff City (H) - Won 3-2
Wigan Athletic (H) - Won 2-1

Jacob Murphy

21-year-old Jacob Murphy already has four goals to his name this season and his brace on Tuesday night earned Norwich a 2-1 home win over Wigan Athletic as his bright start to the season continued at Carrow Road.

The Norwich academy graduate made 42 appearances on loan at Coventry City last season and he has brought that experience into the new campaign and the winger looks a very exciting prospect for the future.

Alex Neil: "The bottom line is we're winning the games. I think everybody if we're not winning the games would be quick to criticise.

We wanted six points before the two home games this week and we got the six points. It was good at times, but it could still get better which I think is a pleasing thing. When you're playing well and you're not winning, that's when it's worrying."

Tickets for Nottingham Forest's game against Norwich 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: £26 (£28)
Seniors: £18 (£20)
Under 18s: £14 (£14)
Under 12s: £7 (£7) 

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:

Nottingham Forest - 12/5
Draw - 12/5
Norwich City - 11/10

To score first:

Apostolos Vellios - 6/1
Nicklas Bendtner - 7/1
Mustapha Carayol - 9/1
 
Fixtures to be played at 3pm on Saturday unless otherwise stated

Cardiff v Leeds (Saturday, kick-off 12.30pm)
Barnsley v Reading
Blackburn v Rotherham
Brentford v Preston
Bristol City v Derby
Burton Albion v Brighton
Huddersfield v QPR
Ipswich v Aston Villa
Newcastle v Wolves
Wigan v Fulham
Birmingham v Sheffield Wednesday (Saturday, kick-off 5.30pm)

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