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Preview: Brentford (H)

10 April 2018

Nottingham Forest return to action this evening as they welcome Brentford to The City Ground in the Sky Bet Championship (kick-off 7:45pm).

Aitor Karanka's side will be looking for a positive result after two away losses on the bounce against Millwall and Middlesbrough, as they return to The City Ground after a month since the last home game.

Brentford are not out of the play-off picture just yet after two important 1-0 wins against Bristol City at Ashton Gate before the victory over Ipswich Town by the same margin on Saturday saw them move just five points off the top six, and they will provide another tough test for The Reds this evening.

See below for the pre-match views of Aitor Karanka.

Team News

Aitor Karanka may be tempted to make a few changes to his side after slipping to a second consecutive defeat on Saturday and a growing injury list.

Daryl Murphy, Matty Cash, Joe Worrall and David Vaughan are all likely to miss out on the visit of Brentford with the heavy fixture list taking its toll.

From the opposition

Brentford boss Dean Smith is pleased to see his side adapting to different games in recent weeks which has seen The Bees win their last two games.

Smith's side are now five points off the play-offs with five games remaining and he is looking forward to taking on The Reds.

He said: "We didn't play particularly well (on Saturday) but we have dogged one out which is what you need to be successful. There is no one way that wins football games.

"The gap is still the same but we have gone up a place. We just have to look to the next game and try to win it.

"It seems a long time ago now that their centre-midfielder scored two fantastic strikes on the day that I have not seen him score since. It was just one of those games for us.

"It was typical of the start to the season where we played so well but didn't get the right result. It is nice to go to Nottingham Forest with two wins on the bounce and four unbeaten."

One to watch - Neal Maupay

Striker Neil Maupay has fired his side into play-off contention in recent weeks, scoring both goals in their last two 1-0 wins.

The Frenchman, who linked up with The Bees last summer, is Brentford's top scorer this season with 12 goals so far, with one of those coming as a late consolation in our 4-3 win at Griffin Park earlier in the campaign.

Last time out

Tickets

Tickets are still available with fantastic prices across the ground. It's Kids for a Quid while students can watch the game for just £5.

Click here for full details.

Coverage

There will be a live broadcast of the game on iFollow Forest for international subscribers, with audio commentary also available.

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

Other fixtures

All fixtures to be played at 7.45pm on Tuesday unless otherwise stated:

Aston Villa v Cardiff

Bristol City v Birmingham

Burton v Hull

Fulham v Reading

Ipswich v Barnsley

Preston v Leeds

QPR v Sheffield Wednesday

Sheffield United v Middlesbrough

Sunderland v Norwich

Bolton v Millwall (8pm)

Wolves v Derby (Wednesday, 7.45pm)


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