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Preview: Birmingham (A)

17 November 2017

Nottingham Forest are back in Sky Bet Championship action on Saturday when they take on Birmingham City at St Andrew's.

The Reds return to their league schedule after the international break and will be hoping to build on the fantastic performance and victory over Queens Park Rangers prior to the break.

Mark Warburton's side sit just outside the play-off spots heading into the weekend's fixtures and victory in the Second City could see Forest climb into the top six.

The Blues have had a difficult start to the season, replacing Harry Redknapp as manager with former Reds boss Steve Cotterill, and they occupy one of the bottom three spots ahead of this round of games. 

Birmingham are winless in four but their three league wins this season have all come at St Andrew's so they will be hoping for a positive outcome on Saturday evening.

See below for the pre-match views of Mark Warburton and Liam Bridcutt.

Team news

Danny Fox, Chris Cohen and Jack Hobbs all remain sidelined through injury for The Reds and Mark Warburton welcomed the Forest players back from international duty without any injuries.

Tendayi Darikwa and David Vaughan will be hoping to be involved having sat out the 4-0 win against QPR prior to the international break.

From the opposition

Birmingham boss Steve Cotterill is looking forward to facing 'a good footballing team' in Nottingham Forest at St Andrew's on Saturday.

Speaking to Birmingham's official website, Cotterill said: "Mark (Warburton) has done well with them, they have had a couple of windows to recruit now, they have recruited well and he has done a fantastic job with them.

"He's a good man. He's got David Weir with him as well. I keep in contact with a few people at Forest, good friends now - and they have done very well. They are high on confidence, but it's a game we are looking forward to."

He added: "They are a good footballing team, a la Brentford. They have got some good players there, they are settled in their own skin now, they know how everyone plays. They look like they have got a decent spirit about them. But like I said, it's a game we are looking forward to now."

One to watch - Jota

After a big-money move in the summer, Jota has so far found life quite difficult at Birmingham City.

The Spaniard has failed to find the net so far this campaign having joined from Brentford, but his creative talents have often caused The Reds problems in the past.

He may not have lit St Andrew's alight so far but he is one for the Forest defence to keep an eye on during Saturday's game.

Last visit

Tickets

All tickets for Nottingham Forest supporters for Saturday's game have sold out.

The Reds' initial allocation of 2,500 tickets were snapped up by supporters, with an additional 300 also selling out.

Forest fans travelling to the game may find this Away Fans' Guide useful, produced by Birmingham City.

Coverage

The game will be broadcast live for international subscribers on iFollow Forest, with audio commentary also available for UK and Ireland subscribers.

There will also be coverage in the Match Centre and on the club's official social media channels.

Other fixtures 

All fixtures to be played at 3pm on Saturday unless otherwise stated:

Burton v Sheffield United (Friday, 7.45pm)
Preston v Bolton (Friday, 7.45pm)
Cardiff v Brentford
Hull v Ipswich
Norwich v Barnsley
QPR v Aston Villa
Reading v Wolves
Sheffield Wednesday v Bristol City
Sunderland v Millwall
Fulham v Derby (5.30pm)
Leeds v Middlesbrough (Sunday, 1.15pm)


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