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Match preview: Cardiff (A)

16 April 2017

Nottingham Forest travel to the Cardiff City Stadium to take on Cardiff City in the Sky Bet Championship clash on Monday 17 April (kick-off 3pm).

Defeat against Blackburn Rovers on Friday dragged Nottingham Forest right back into the relegation fight. A win would have seen The Reds move eight points clear of the drop zone but a Rovers win means the gap is just two points heading into the Easter Monday fixtures. Mark Warburton will be hoping his side can revert back to the performance seen in the win over Huddersfield as opposed to the disappointing display at The City Ground on Good Friday.

Cardiff have turned their season around under Neil Warnock after it looked as if they would be battling it out at the bottom of the league, but The Bluebirds sit comfortably in mid table with Warnock having guided his side away from danger. A late goal condemned them to defeat at Sheffield Wednesday on Friday and Cardiff will be looking to bounce back in front of their own fans. 
Mark Warburton will have to decide whether to stick with the three-man defence which started the game against Blackburn or revert to the four-man backline which saw the game out. Matt Mills came off at half time in that game with a slight knock so he will be assessed and The Reds are expected to make changes to utilise their big squad.

Sol Bamba is set to be missing for Cardiff through injury after Neil Warnock ruled him out for the remainder of the season but he welcomed back Lee Peltier and Rickie Lambert into the squad for the trip to Hillsborough on Good Friday following injury.

Nottingham Forest

Burton (A) - Lost 1-0
Derby (H) - Drew 2-2
Preston (A) - Drew 1-1
Wolves (A) Lost 1-0
Huddersfield (H) - Won 2-0
Blackburn (H) - Lost 1-0

Cardiff City

Birmingham (H) - Drew 1-1
Ipswich (H) - Won 3-1
Wolves (A) - Lost 3-1
Barnsley (A) - Drew 0-0
Brentford (H) - Won 2-1
Sheffield Wednesday (A) - Lost 1-0

Aron Gunnarsson

Icelandic international Aron Gunnarsson is key to Cardiff's play. The 27-year-old is industrious and not shy of a tackle as well as possessing a ferocious long shot and a bullet of a long throw. He found the net in the reverse fixture at The City Ground back in October so The Reds will have to keep him quiet on Easter Monday.

Speaking after the defeat against Sheffield Wednesday, Neil Warnock said: "The four games to come will all help me towards the summer; we know what we are looking for. I can't wait for the summer to be honest. 

“We should have come here and dented their hopes because I don't know how they won the game. It's baffling. They were whacking it long, they were the long ball merchants and we were trying to play some controlled stuff but we just couldn't get that goal. When we needed bravery at the end we couldn't get it and we end up losing and having a long trek back.

"I'll make a few changes for Monday because I'm disappointed. If we wanted to keep our goal in tact we would have done and that disappoints me."

Tickets are no longer on sale through the Nottingham Forest ticket office, but can be purchased on arrival at the Cardiff City Stadium. 

Forest supporters will be able to purchase tickets, with cash only, from Gate 12 at the Cardiff City Stadium from 12pm onwards at the following prices:

Adults - £26
Seniors - £22
Young adults (16-21 years) - £17
Under 16s - £14

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 Tuesday, as well as all the reaction from the Forest camp after the game.

To win:

Cardiff City - 11/8
Nottingham Forest - 19/10
Draw - 12/5

To score first:

Kenneth Zohore - 4/1
Anthony Pilkington - 11/2
Britt Assombalonga - 9/2
Zach Clough - 13/2

Fixtures to be played at 3pm on Monday unless otherwise stated.

Fulham v Aston Villa (kick-off 2.45pm)
Barnsley v Brentford
Birmingham v Burton
Blackburn v Bristol City
Brighton v Wigan
Ipswich v Newcastle
Leeds v Wolves
Preston v Norwich
QPR v Sheffield Wednesday
Reading v Rotherham
Derby v Huddersfield (kick-off 5pm)

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