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Match preview: Norwich (A)

10 February 2017

Nottingham Forest travel to Carrow Road to take on Norwich City in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday 11 February (kick-off 3pm).


With three wins from four, things have turned around under the stewardship of Gary Brazil, so much so that he and Jack Lester will remain in charge of the first team until the end of the season. The Reds have started to pick up some form and are moving away from the relegation zone but the trip to face Norwich City will prove a tough ask as The Canaries push for the play-offs.

Alex Neil's side sit in seventh place after Tuesday night's 2-2 draw at Wigan and have pushed back into contention in recent weeks after a four-game unbeaten run. A strong start to the season was followed by a barren end to the calendar year with just four wins in the final three months but Neil has steadied the ship to stay on course for an immediate return to the Premier League.

Nottingham Forest will have Aaron Tshibola and Ross McCormack both available after they missed last weekend's win over their parent club Aston Villa through ineligibility, while the match is likely to come too soon for Matt Mills as he continues his recovery from injury. Jack Hobbs could be in line for a return though after missing the win over Villa.

Key midfielder Alex Tettey serves the second of his two-match suspension after picking up 10 yellow cards but Youssuf Mulumbu's timely return from injury saw him deputise on Tuesday night. Graham Dorrans and Louis Thompson are still sidelined while forward Steven Naismith is nearing a return. Winger Matt Jarvis is also close to a comeback having recovered from a hamstring injury.

Nottingham Forest

Wigan (A - FA Cup) - Lost 2-0
Birmingham (A) - Drew 0-0
Bristol City (H) - Won 1-0
Leeds (A) - Lost 2-0
Rotherham (H) - Won 2-0
Aston Villa (H) - Won 2-1

Norwich City

Rotherham (A) - Lost 2-1
Southampton (A - FA Cup) - Lost 1-0
Wolves (H) - Won 3-1
Birmingham (H) - Won 2-0
Cardiff (A) - Won 1-0
Wigan (A) - Drew 2-2 

Nelson Oliveira

Portuguese striker Nelson Oliveira leads the scoring charts for The Canaries and the Forest defence will have to watch out for the former Red on Saturday. The 25-year-old scored nine times while on loan at The City Ground last season and has already reached that total for Norwich this term.

The 6ft 1ins striker has plenty of experience and is proving to be a useful all-round striker in the Championship.

Norwich City manager Alex Neil was left frustrated following the 2-2 draw with Wigan on Tuesday night. Speaking after the game he said: "We were the better side in the first half and we controlled the game - we should have been more than 1-0 up. The frustration for me is that the goal that Russell Martin scored was onside, having watched it back.

“Over the piece we were the better side for 70 minutes and they had a 20 minute spell in which they score twice. You are never going to dominate for the full 90 minutes. You have to defend those periods and keep the ball out of your net. We were frustrated tonight as a group. We feel we should have won it. We made it difficult for ourselves."

Tickets are on general sale and are priced as follows:

Adults - £30
Seniors (65 years of age and above) - £20
Under 18s - £15
Under 12s - £10

Tickets can be purchased in-person at the ticket office, online at tickets.nottinghamforest.co.uk or by calling 0115 982 4388.

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

To win:

Norwich City - 7/10
Nottingham Forest - 18/5
Draw - 14/5

To score first:

Cameron Jerome - 7/2
Nelson Oliveira - 9/2
Britt Assombalonga - 6/1
Ross McCormack - 17/2

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

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

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