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Preview: Burton (H)

20 October 2017

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Nottingham Forest return to The City Ground on Saturday to face Burton Albion in only the third competitive meeting between the two sides.

The Reds will be eager to put on a performance for the home fans after last weekend's East Midlands derby defeat and make it back-to-back wins on Trentside.

The Brewers have found life difficult in their second season in the Championship, but a credible 0-0 draw at Bristol City last time out made it three away clean sheets in a row, so Nigel Clough's team are set to be a difficult test.

See what boss Mark Warburton had to say ahead of the game here, while the thoughts of former Burton loanee Jamie Ward can be found here.

Team news

David Vaughan is back in contention having recovered from his groin injury and gained some valuable game time for the Under 23s last week. Jamie Ward is also set to be involved again having returned in last weekend's match with Derby.

Matty Cash is nearing a return but Jack Hobbs (back) and Chris Cohen (knee) remain sidelined.

From the opposition

Nigel Clough is hoping his team can chalk up a fourth clean sheet on the road in a row at The City Ground on Saturday.

Speaking to Burton's official website, he said: "We are all or nothing at the moment – either conceding a lot of goals or keeping a clean sheet. What we are looking for is to keep that clean sheet, be solid but do a little more offensively. That's the plan for Saturday but the priority will be to keep that clean sheet.

"If we can't get that first goal then the longer we keep it at 0-0 the better chance we have got. As the game opened up at Bristol City in the last 10 minutes, we could have pinched it."

He added: "They are playing well without getting the results. They have just missed chances. They had opportunities against Derby on Sunday and will be disappointed having lost to their local rivals. They will be looking to bounce back. Their strength will be at home this season.

"In the Championship it's very fine margins and it wouldn't take much for them to be challenging the top six."

One to watch - Lucas Akins

Versatile forward Lucas Akins is Burton's main threat and is one for Forest to keep an eye on during Saturday's game.

The 28-year-old has scored twice this term, both of them winning goals as he hit the deciders in the Carabao Cup win over Oldham and the league victory against Fulham last month.

Akins came through the ranks at Huddersfield before going on to play for Hamilton Academical, Tranmere and Stevenage and he has been a prominant figure in The Brewers' rise through the leagues.

Last visit


Students, over 65s and those aged 17 and under can all watch Saturday's match for just £5. 

Tickets are on general sale and full details can be found here.


Saturday's match will be broadcast live on iFollow Forest for international subscribers, while domestic subscribers will be able to hear live audio commentary.

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

Other fixtures

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

Aston Villa v Fulham
Barnsley v Hull
Bolton v QPR
Brentford v Sunderland
Bristol City v Leeds
Derby v Sheffield Wednesday
Middlesbrough v Cardiff
Sheffield United v Reading
Wolves v Preston
Millwall v Birmingham (5.30pm)
Ipswich v Norwich (Sunday, 12pm)

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