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Preview: Sheffield Wednesday (H)

25 December 2017

The traditional Boxing Day fixture sees Nottingham Forest welcome Sheffield Wednesday to The City Ground.

The Reds picked up their first draw of the season on Saturday against Preston North End in a spirited display which may well have seen Mark Warburton's men leave Deepdale with all three points.

But they had to settle for a point and Forest will be keen to build on that when they welcome a struggling Sheffield Wednesday side.

The pressure was mounting on Owls boss Carlos Carvalhal after seven games without a win, including Saturday's 2-1 defeat at home to Middlesbrough, and the Portuguese departed the club on Christmas Eve.

Team news

Mark Warburton will have to manage his squad for the second fixture over the busy festive period.

Tyler Walker wasn't risked on Saturday after picking up a knock in training but should return, while Ben Brereton was withdrawn after scoring at Deepdale with a slight knock.

David Vaughan returned to the starting line-up at Preston and will be keen to hold onto his place in the side.

Danny Fox is also in contention having made a swift recovery from injury while Matt Mills is also a doubt.

From the opposition

After the defeat against Middlesbrough, Carlos Carvalhal left Wednesday on Christmas Eve, with Lee Bullen placed in temporary charge of the side for the clash at The City Ground.

Chairman Dejphon Chansiri said: "I would like to offer my sincere thanks to Carlos for the time, effort and commitment he has given Sheffield Wednesday over the last two and a half years.

"Both parties believe the time is right to go our separate ways."

Carvalhal released a statement via the club's official website, saying: "The chairman and myself talked after the game and we believed this was the correct timing to make this decision.

"Of course, I am very sad at this moment because I have enjoyed my two seasons and a half so much with Sheffield Wednesday.

"We had two fantastic seasons and two play-offs on the row but unfortunately we have not managed to replicate these positions this season."

One to watch - Gary Hooper

Striker Gary Hooper has been a bright spot for Sheffield Wednesday this season, as his goals have been key in picking up points so far.

The 29-year-old has struck 11 times in all competitions this season, scoring in five consecutive games earlier in the season - including against Forest in the 3-1 win at Hillsborough - and he will be key if Wednesday are to turn their season around.

Last visit


Tickets are on general sale for this game and supporters are advised to get to the ground early to avoid large queues when collecting pre-paid tickets.

With a large crowd expected, please also ensure you arrive early to gain admission to the ground for the anticipated highest attendance of the season.

Full ticket information can be found here.


There will be a live broadcast of the game for international subscribers to iFollow Forest, with audio commentary also available.

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

Other fixtures

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

Millwall v Wolves (1pm)
Barnsley v Preston
Birmingham v Norwich
Bristol City v Reading
Burton v Leeds
Cardiff v Fulham
Hull v Derby
Ipswich v QPR
Middlesbrough v Bolton
Sheffield United v Sunderland
Brentford v Aston Villa (7.30pm)

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