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Preview: Ipswich (A)

1 December 2017

Nottingham Forest are in Sky Bet Championship action on Saturday afternoon as they visit Portman Road to take on Ipswich Town (kick-off 3pm).

The Reds fell to a 2-0 defeat against Cardiff City last weekend and they will be keen to get back on track and edge closer to the top six. 

After a strong start to the season, Ipswich have fallen out of the top six but remain in the mix for the play-offs.

Four straight wins kick-started their season after they were tipped as relegation candidates, but Mick McCarthy's side have proved a tought nut to crack this season.

See below for the pre-match views of Mark Warburton and Tyler Walker.

Team news

Liam Bridcutt is set to return to the Forest side on Saturday having missed Sunday's defeat against Cardiff through suspension, providing plenty of options for Mark Warburton to choose from in the middle of the park.

Tendayi Darikwa and Danny Fox remain on the sideline through injury.

From the opposition

Former Reds Joe Garner and Luke Chambers will both miss the game through injury and suspension, and McCarthy is confident that he has players who can fill the void.

Speaking about Garner, McCarthy said: "He's still nursing his foot. Unfortunately when he put his boot on it was still too sore so sadly we are missing him again.

"The danger was on Tuesday night that that if he had played he would have had to come off and then not be fit for either game, so it's a matter of resting it up and fingers crossed he will be ok for the next one."

With Tommy Smith also sidelined, McCarthy has a defensive headache but welcomes back Myles Kenlock following injury.

"Tommy has only had two days' training so he's nowhere near," McCarthy added.

"He was itching to be training and, prior to his last injury he was raring to go and went off to play for New Zealand of course. He's nowhere near the first team yet.

"Myles is fit but it was his first training session since he's had a tight hamstring. He's done ok but we'll see if there is any reaction tomorrow.

"I don't think there will be and I think he was fine this morning."

One to watch - Martyn Waghorn

Striker Martyn Waghorn has taken to life at Ipswich Town well and has hit nine goals so far this campaign.

The 27-year-old joined from Rangers in the summer and hit four goals in his opening three league appearances for The Tractor Boys and is set to be Town's leading man on Saturday.

Last visit

Tickets

Tickets are no longer available through the Nottingham Forest ticket office but supporters will be able to purchase tickets on arrival at Portman Road, with cash only, from turnstiles 10 and 11 with no price increase.

Full details can be found here.

An away guide for supporters visiting Portman Road can be found here.

Coverage

The match will be broadcast live for international subscribers on iFollow Forest, with audio commentary also available.

There will also be coverage via the club's social media channels and in the Match Centre.

Other fixtures 

All fixtures to be played at 3pm on Saturday unless otherwise stated:

Cardiff v Norwich (Friday, 7.45pm)
Leeds v Aston Villa (Friday, 7.45pm)
Bolton v Barnsley
Brentford v Fulham
Derby v Burton
Millwall v Sheffield United
Preston v QPR
Sheffield Wednesday v Hull
Sunderland v Reading
Bristol City v Middlesbrough (5.30pm)
Birmingham v Wolves (Monday, 7.45pm)


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