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Match preview: Ipswich (H)

6 May 2017

Nottingham Forest entertain Ipswich Town at The City Ground in the Sky Bet Championship on Sunday 7 May (kick-off 12pm).


It all comes down to the final day. Nottingham Forest know that a result against Ipswich Town on Sunday could be enough to keep them in the Championship after a difficult season. Defeat at Queens Park Rangers last weekend and, with other results going against them, left The Reds outside of the relegation zone on goal difference alone. Mark Warburton's men will be keen to put on a display in front of what is going to be a packed City Ground to ensure that Championship football returns to Trentside next season.

Ipswich have also failed to deliver on the pitch this season as they sit in the lower half of the table. Mick McCarthy's side go into Sunday's match with little to play for apart from pride and they will be looking to bounce back after ending their home campaign with defeat against Sheffield Wednesday last week.

Danny Fox is doubtful for The Reds after limping out of the warm-up at Queens Park Rangers with Dani Pinillos is set to continue at left back. Armand Traore and Zach Clough are hoping to be involved after injuries but Pajtim Kasami, Hildeberto Pereira, Joao Teixeira and Nicolao Dumitru-Cardoso have all returned to their parent clubs after loan spells.

Ipswich top goalscorer Tom Lawrence has gone back to parent-club Leicester after an ankle injury ruled him out of the game. Tommy Smith (calf) and Teddy Bishop (hamstring) are also out while former Forest striker David McGoldrick is a doubt with a neck problem. Injury has also forced loanee Toumani Diagouraga to miss the game but Adam Webster is back in the squad for the first time since sustaining ruptured ankle ligaments in January.

Nottingham Forest

Wolves (A) Lost 1-0
Huddersfield (H) - Won 2-0
Blackburn (H) - Lost 1-0
Cardiff (A) - Lost 1-0
Reading (H) - Won 3-2
QPR (A) - Lost 2-0

Ipswich Town

Wigan (H) - Won 3-0
Fulham (A) - Lost 3-1
Burton (A) - Won 2-1
Newcastle (H) - Won 3-1
Rotherham (A) - Lost 1-0
Sheffield Wednesday (H) - Lost 1-0


Freddie Sears

With Tom Lawrence out and David McGoldrick doubtful, striker Freddie Sears will be Ipswich's main attacking threat on Sunday. The 27-year-old has his seven goals this campaign and his pace and work rate can cause problems for defences.

Sears made a goalscoring first-team debut for West Ham in 2008 having come through the ranks there before spending time on loan at several Football League clubs. A loan spell at Colchester was made permanent in 2012 and he scored 29 league goals in a two-and-a-half-year spell in Essex before joining Ipswich in 2015.
Speaking ahead of the match, Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy said: “To think Forest could go down is amazing really. I would imagine it will be a full house and given what’s at stake, it’s going to be an amazing atmosphere with their fans getting behind their team and willing them to stay in the Championship.

“They will have an edge to them but we will as well because the game is going to carry an edge. It could have been us in the situation Forest are in though. We were on the slide for a while but we managed to stop that and then had two great performances and results when we needed them against Burton and Newcastle.”  

Sunday's match is Kids for a Quid, with all Under 12s tickets priced at just £1.

Tickets 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)

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 11am while there will also be live text commentary available on the Forest Wall and on the club's Twitter page from 11.30am. Forest Player HD will also have extended match highlights from 12pm on Monday, as well as all the reaction from the Forest camp after the game.

To win:

Nottingham Forest - 8/13
Ipswich - 9/2
Draw - 16/5

To score first:

Britt Assombalonga - 7/2
Ben Brereton - 5/1
David McGoldrick - 17/2
Freddie Sears - 9/1

Fixtures to be played at 12pm on Sunday unless otherwise stated.

Aston Villa v Brighton
Brentford v Blackburn
Bristol City v Birmingham
Burton v Reading
Huddersfield v Cardiff
Newcastle v Barnsley
Norwich v QPR
Rotherham v Derby
Sheffield Wednesday v Fulham
Wigan v Leeds
Wolves v Preston

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