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Match preview: Brentford (H)

7 March 2017

Nottingham Forest welcome Brentford to The City Ground in the Sky Bet Championship clash on Tuesday 7 March (kick-off 7.45pm).


Fresh off the back of an emphatic 3-0 win against high-flying Brighton, Nottingham Forest will be aiming to make it two home wins in a week as Brentford are the visitors to Trentside. The Reds have been in fine form at home under Gary Brazil, picking up four wins in five games and will be looking for some more home comforts tonight.

Brentford have been an entertaining side to watch in recent weeks, scoring 14 goals in the last six games and come into the match after a battling 1-1 draw with Ipswich on Saturday. Dean Smith's side sit in 14th spot in the Championship and will be looking for three points to ensure they don't get sucked into the battle at the bottom.

Left back Dani Pinillos is expected to come back into the squad after missing the win over Brighton through injury, but he has a fight to regain his place in the starting XI after an impressive display by Armand Traore. Matt Mills, Jack Hobbs and Michael Mancienne are all still doubts as they continue to come back from injury.

Brentford have captain Harlee Dean available again after he completed a two-game suspension, and is likely to deputise for Andreas Bjelland who came off injured in the 1-1 draw with Ipswich on Saturday.

Nottingham Forest

Aston Villa (H) - Won 2-1
Norwich (A) - Lost 5-1
Fulham (A) - Lost 3-2
Sheffield Wednesday (H) - Lost 2-1
Wigan (A) - Drew 0-0
Brighton (H) - Won 3-0

Brentford

Brighton (H) - Drew 3-3
Preston (A) - Lost 4-2
Reading (A) - Lost 3-2
Sheffield Wednesday (A) - Won 2-1
Rotherham (H) - Won 4-2
Ipswich (A) - Drew 1-1


Jota

The Spaniard has returned to Brentford and hit a fantastic vein of form. The 25-year-old spent the first half of the season on loan at Spanish top-flight side Eibar and has returned to Griffin Park to hit six goals and provide three more for his teammates this calendar year. 

The attacking midfielder starting his career at Celta Vigo before spending time on loan at Real Madrid B and Eibar. He joined The Bees in 2014 and impressed during his maiden campaign, but was loaned back to Eibar in the summer. His creative flair and eye for a goal will surely keep The Reds defence busy this evening.

Speaking ahead of tonight's match, head coach Dean Smith said: “The aim is just the next game. They come thick and fast in this league. We've played four games, three away from home.

“We've got Forest and then Huddersfield on Saturday. We then have a game in hand which we have to play against Wolves. We'll recover from Ipswich and get ready for Forest.

“The players, to be fair, have got a lot of confidence and belief in themselves. Although a couple of results haven't gone our way, we feel our performances have been very good. At Reading, a couple of decisions went against us. We had a good performance at Sheffield Wednesday but we felt it could be better.

“We had a good result last week but we felt that performance should have been better. Ipswich was a better performance and we've had some good results of late.”
 
Tickets are on general sale and are priced as follows:

General sale
 
Adults: £22
Seniors: £16
Under 18s: £12
Under 12s: £6
 
Family Area

Adults: £17
Seniors: £12
Under 18s: £10
Under 12s: £5

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 7pm while there will also be live text commentary available on the Forest Wall and on the club's Twitter page from 7.30pm. Forest Player HD will also have extended match highlights from 12pm on Wednesday, as well as all the reaction from the Forest camp after the game.

To win:

Nottingham Forest - 8/5
Brentford - 8/5
Draw - 5/2

To score first:

Britt Assombalonga - 100/30
Ross McCormack - 6/1
Jota - 11/2
Lasse Vibe - 6/1

Fixtures to be played at 7.45pm on Tuesday unless otherwise stated.

Birmingham v Wigan
Blackburn v Cardiff
Bristol City v Norwich
Derby v Preston
Fulham v Leeds
Huddersfield v Aston Villa
Ipswich v Wolves
QPR v Barnsley
Rotherham v Brighton
Sheffield Wednesday v Burton
Reading v Newcastle (kick-off 8pm)

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