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Match preview: Brighton (H)

3 March 2017

Nottingham Forest welcome Brighton and Hove Albion to The City Ground in the Sky Bet Championship clash on Saturday 4 March (kick-off 3pm).


Nottingham Forest stopped a run of three straight defeats with a battling draw at Wigan last week. The goalless contest provided a rare away clean sheet for The Reds in difficult conditions and Gary Brazil will be hoping to build on that at The City Ground on Saturday. Trentside has been a fairly happy hunting ground for The Reds since Brazil took over as manager, with three wins in his four games in charge and Forest will be hoping to get back to winning ways after the 2-1 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday last time out.

Brighton have been flying high at the top of the Championship and will be aiming to bounce back after Tuesday night's defeat to title rivals Newcastle. The Seagulls have shown good form away from home this season, suffering just three defeats but two of those have come on the last four trips and Chris Hughton's men will be seeking three points to keep the pressure on the other promotion contenders. 

Nottingham Forest will continue to be without defenders Matt Mills, Jack Hobbs and Michael Mancienne as the trio are still injured, but Mills and Mancienne are nearing a return. Jordan Smith is set to continue in goal after his first clean sheet at Wigan last Saturday and with Vladimir Stojkovic still sidelined with a shoulder injury, and Chris Cohen will hope to be involved again as he made his return to the matchday squad last week.

Brighton left back Sebastien Pocognoli is out of Saturday's match after suffering a groin injury in Tuesday's defeat against Newcastle, so Fikayo Tomori or Liam Rosenior are set to deputise. 

Nottingham Forest

Rotherham (H) - Won 2-0
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

Brentford (A) - Drew 3-3
Burton (H) - Won 4-1
Ipswich (H) - Drew 1-1
Barnsley (A) - Won 2-0
Reading (H) - Won 3-0
Newcastle (H) - Lost 2-1


Anthony Knockaert

French winger Anthony Knockaert is a big goalscoring threat and has scored 11 goals for Brighton this season. The 25-year-old has chipped in with seven assists as well and his pace and trickery from the right wing have caused problems for many defences this season.

Knockaert started his career with Guingamp in France and spent three seasons at Leicester and was part of the side that won promotion to the Premier League in 2013/14. He signed for Brighton at the start of last season and has proved to be one of the most potent attacking talents in the Championship and will be targeting his second promotion to the Premier League with The Seagulls this season.

Speaking ahead of Saturday's clash, Brighton manager Chris Hughton said: “After most games we try and close the game down, perhaps look at the areas in which we could have done better. Certainly for this group, it’s about the disappointment of dropping from first place to second. 

“It shows how far they’ve come as a group of lads, that they’ve come away bitterly disappointed from a game where we’ve lost top spot. We’ve certainly made progress this season and have generally been able to bounce back when things haven’t gone so well.

“It’s challenging surroundings, but I’ve known Gary [Brazil] for many years and he’s a very good person in football. It’s not the first time that he’s had to do it. I’m sure the lads there will enjoy playing for him, and what he has done is bring a few of the young lads through. 

“He’s got a pair of very safe hands and he’s somebody that knows the club very well."

*KIDS FOR A QUID*

All Under 12s* tickets are priced at just £1 for this fixture. Tickets are on general sale and are priced (matchday rate in brackets) as follows:

General sale

Adults - £26 (£28)
Seniors - £18 (£20)
Under 18s - £14 (£14)
Under 12s* - £1 (£1)

Family Area

Adults - £21 (£23)
Seniors - £16 (£18)
Under 18s - £12 (£12)
Under 12s* - £1 (£1)

*Please note that all Under 12s must be accompanied by an adult.

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 - 3/1
Brighton - 10/11
Draw - 5/2

To score first:

Britt Assombalonga - 11/2
Ross McCormack - 8/1
Glenn Murray - 7/2
Sam Baldock - 4/1

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

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

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