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Match preview: Bristol City (H)

20 January 2017

Nottingham Forest welcome Bristol City to The City Ground for the Sky Bet Championship clash on Saturday 21 January (kick-off 3pm).

Nottingham Forest welcome Bristol City to The City Ground after picking up a well-deserved point at Birmingham City last weekend. The goalless draw at St Andrew's ended a run of five defeats in a row and a was just a second clean sheet of the season. 

The match will also see interim manager Gary Brazil take charge of first-team affairs, alongside Under 23s head coach Jack Lester, after the club parted company with Philippe Montanier last week.

The Robins will also be seeking to turn around their league form as they are without a win since the start of December and have lost seven on the spin, including last week's 3-2 defeat in the Servernside derby against Cardiff, but they did progress in the Emirates FA Cup in Tuesday night by overcoming Fleetwood 1-0 in a third-round replay.

Full-back Dani Pinillos will be pushing for a starting berth after making his return from injury as a substitute in the draw at Birmingham and Pajtim Kasami and Danny Fox are also nearing returns. Armand Traore and Chris Cohen remained sidelined with long-term injuries.

Bristol City announced the signing of German goalkeeper Fabian Giefer on loan from Schalke on Thursday and he is expected to be part of the squad for the game at The City Ground. He replaces Richard O'Donnell in the City squad after the keeper left for Rotherham.

Gary O'Neil will be pushing for a start after making his return from injury in the FA Cup win over Fleetwood, while former Red Jamie Paterson will also be hoping for a starting spot after impressing at Highbury by scoring the winning goal.

Nottingham Forest

Wolves (H) - Lost 2-0
Huddersfield (A) - Lost 2-1
Newcastle (A) - Lost 3-1
Barnsley (H) - Lost 1-0
Wigan (A - FA Cup) - Lost 2-0
Birmingham (A) - Drew 0-0

Bristol City

Wolves (A) - Lost 3-2
Ipswich (A) - Lost 2-1
Reading (H) - Lost 3-2
Fleetwood (H - FA Cup) - Drew 0-0
Cardiff (H) - Lost 3-2
Fleetwood (A - FA Cup) - Won 1-0

Tammy Abraham

On-loan Chelsea forward Tammy Abraham has proved to be an instant hit this season as he has topped the scoring charts at Ashton Gate. 

The 19-year-old has racked up 18 goals this season and his pace and strength have proved to be difficult for Championship defences. Abraham, who made two appearances for Chelsea off the bench at the end of last season, has also represented England at Under 21 level and he has scored in his last four league appearances.

Bristol City head coach Lee Johnson said: “The win against Fleetwood has definitely relieved that feeling of ‘when’s it going to happen?' I’ve had that myself as a player and a manager – it’s frustrating because you don’t feel whole again until you get that win.

“The players were very enthused and relieved. We can breathe again now, and hopefully the players can go and play with five per cent more freedom in this game. Hopefully it’s a blessing in disguise that we had the replay.”

"I’m looking forward to it; it’s always a great place to go. We’ve had some decent results there and I’m sure our travelling contingent will be up for it. It’s a big game for us. We have to make sure that, after a great win at Fleetwood, we continue that philosophy of play and attitude, because that’s what I thought was fantastic on Tuesday night.”

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

General sale
Adults: £26 (£28)
Seniors: £18 (£20)
Under 18s: £14 (£14)
Under 12s: £7 (£7)
Family Area
Adults: £21 (£23)
Seniors: £16 (£18)
Under 18s: £12 (£12)
Under 12s: £6 (£6)

Tickets can be purchased in-person at the ticket office, online at 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 - 8/5
Bristol City - 13/8
Draw - 12/5

To score first:

Britt Assombalonga - 4/1
Apostolos Vellios - 6/1
Tammy Abraham - 4/1
Aaron Wilbraham - 13/2

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

Brighton v Sheffield Wednesday (kick-off 7.45pm, Friday)
QPR v Fulham (kick-off 12.30pm)
Aston Villa v Preston 
Blackburn v Birmingham
Cardiff v Burton
Derby v Reading
Huddersfield v Ipswich
Newcastle v Rotherham
Norwich v Wolves
Wigan v Brentford
Barnsley v Leeds (kick-off 5.30pm)

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