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Match preview: Sheffield Wednesday (A)

23 September 2016

Nottingham Forest go in search of a first away win of the season on Saturday afternoon when they face Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough (kick-off 3pm).

Nottingham Forest are presented with a tough test this weekend against last season's play-off finalists Sheffield Wednesday but The Reds will have a first clean sheet and a first away of the season in their sights.

Forest go into the game on the back on successive defeats to Norwich and Arsenal but will be hopeful that a win at Hillsborough will kick-start their season and be the beginning of a winning run which will push them up the table.

Both teams sit locked on 11 points from their first eight games of the season and Wednesday will certainly be confident of getting another victory on their own turf after back-to-back home wins over Wigan and Bristol City.

Forest head coach Philippe Montanier has no further injury concerns following the defeat to Arsenal in midweek but he will continue to be without the services of Britt Assombalonga as the striker recovers from a calf strain.

Damien Perquis and Thomas Lam also remain sidelined but could return in time for next weekend's trip to Bristol City while goalkeeper Stephen Henderson is expected to miss out as he recovers from a hip problem.

Wednesday defender Daniel Pudil faces a late fitness test after suffering a thigh injury in the defeat at Birmingham last weekend while midfielder Marco Matias is the only other player expected to be sidelined for Saturday's game.

Nottingham Forest

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 (H) - Lost 2-1
Arsenal (H) - Lost 4-0

Sheffield Wednesday

Burton Albion (A) - Lost 3-1
Leeds United (H) - Lost 2-0
Brentford (A) - Drew 1-1
Wigan Athletic (H) - Won 2-1
Bristol City (H) - Won 3-2
Birmingham City (A) - Lost 2-1

Fernando Forestieri

Former Watford man Fernando Forestieri was instrumental last season as Sheffield Wednesday reached the Championship play-off final, making 40 appearances and scoring 15 goals and he has carried that form into this campaign.

He scored the winner in Wednesday's 1-0 victory over Aston Villa on the opening day and found the net again in the recent 2-1 win over Wigan and, alongside Barry Bannan, remains one of The Owls' most-dangerous players.

Carlos Carvalhal: “All the players are giving 100% and as I promised, when the players are doing this with the support of our fans at Hillsborough, we are very strong.

“Nottingham Forest are a very difficult opponent, they are taking and scoring a lot of goals but they will know they must fight against a very strong opponent because we are a strong team.”

Tickets for Nottingham Forest's trip to Sheffield Wednesday will be available to purchase on arrival at Hillsborough.

Prices are as follows:

Adults - £36
Seniors (65 years and above) and Under 21s - £26
Under 17s - £15
Under 11s - £10
Under 5s - £5 

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:

Sheffield Wednesday - 8/13
Draw - 3/1
Nottingham Forest - 17/4

To score first:

Fernando Forestieri - 7/2
Apostolos Vellios - 15/2
Nicklas Bendtner - 17/2
Fixtures to be played at 3pm on Saturday unless otherwise stated

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

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