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Match preview: Sheffield Wednesday (H)

17 February 2017

Nottingham Forest welcome Sheffield Wednesday to The City Ground in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday 18 February (kick-off 3pm).


Gary Brazil will be hoping for some home comforts when Nottingham Forest return to The City Ground tomorrow to take on Sheffield Wednesday. Two tough away trips to Norwich and Fulham heralded no points in the past week and The Reds will be hoping to continue a run of form which has seen them win on their last three outings on Trentside.

Promotion-chasing Wednesday come into the clash in good form. The Owls sit sixth in the Sky Bet Championship and have won their last three games so Carlos Carvalhal's men will be aiming to keep the pace at the top end of the division.

Eric Lichaj is expected to come back into the side after missing the trip to Fulham on Tuesday through suspension and Vladimir Stojkovic is likely to continue to deputise in goal for the injured Stephen Henderson. Ross McCormack and Ben Brereton will be hoping to continue up front after impressing in West London while Michael Mancienne and Matt Mills could return after injury.

Head coach Carlos Carvalhal will take a late decision on the fitness of three of his players ahead of the match. Sam Hutchinson and Morgan Fox both left the pitch early on Tuesday night with knocks and are doubts while Gary Hooper was expected to resume full training this week and could be involved after an injury lay-off. But captain Tom Lees is likely to miss out again as he continues his comeback from injury.

Nottingham Forest

Bristol City (H) - Won 1-0
Leeds (A) - Lost 2-0
Rotherham (H) - Won 2-0
Aston Villa (H) - Won 2-1
Norwich (A) - Lost 5-1
Fulham (A) - Lost 3-2

Sheffield Wednesday

Huddersfield (H) - Won 2-0
Brighton (A) - Lost 2-1
Bristol City (A) - Drew 2-2
Wigan (A) - Won 1-0
Birmingham (H) - Won 3-0
Blackburn (H) - Won 2-1



Jordan Rhodes

Scottish international striker Jordan Rhodes is a potent striker at Championship level and has already had an impact after making the move to Sheffield Wednesday from Middlesbrough in January. He set up the winner of debut against Wigan and struck his first goal in the 3-0 win over Birmingham City and will be the main threat for Forest to keep an eye on at The City Ground on Saturday.

Rhodes started his career at Ipswich before moving to Huddersfield in 2009 after loan spells at Oxford, Rochdale and Brentford. He fired The Terriers into the second tier before a big-money move to Blackburn in 2012. After four years at Ewood Park he moved to Middlesbrough before joining Wednesday on loan in January.

Head coach Carlos Carvalhal said: “We are in a good way, winning points and in a good position. I just have reasons to be very, very happy with my team, with the club, with the fans, understanding we are in a good way to achieve more victories.

“We are playing again after a short time, we win the last three and this is something very positive. But the most important to me is to focus on the next game.

“Victories give confidence to all the teams in the world but now we live with the present and that is Nottingham Forest. They are not an easy team to play against, it will be a very interesting game. It will be a very hard game for sure especially at their home, but they will play against a strong team with big confidence.”

Tickets are on general sale and are priced (matchday rate in brackets) as follows:

General sale
 
Adults: £28 (£30)
Seniors: £20 (£22)
Under 18s: £14 (£14)
Under 12s: £7 (£7)
 
Family Area
 
Adults: £23 (£25)
Seniors: £18 (£20)
Under 18s: £12 (£12)
Under 12s: £6 (£6)

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:

Nottingham Forest - 21/10
Sheffield Wednesday - 13/10
Draw - 23/10

To score first:

Britt Assombalonga - 9/2
Ross McCormack - 13/2
Jordan Rhodes - 9/2
Fernando Forestieri - 11/2

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

Barnsley v Brighton
Birmingham v QPR
Burton v Norwich
Cardiff v Rotherham
Ipswich v Leeds
Wigan v Preston
Newcastle v Aston Villa (kick-off 8pm, Monday)