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Preview: Bristol City (H)

27 April 2018

The curtain comes down on the 2017-18 home season at The City Ground tomorrow as Nottingham Forest welcome Bristol City for the final home game of the current campaign.

The Reds are in good at home as the season draws to a close, with wins over Ipswich Town and Barnsley in their last two outings, and they will be keen to finish on a high in front of the home fans before the long summer break.

The nature of the dominant performance and the comfortable victory over The Tykes on Tuesday night will have given the fans plenty of excitement about what the future may hold for Aitor Karanka's side who will be looking to bring to an end Bristol City's play-off ambitions.

The Robins sit five points off the top six with two games left to play and arrive at The City Ground needing a win and for results elsewhere to go their way.

Lee Johnson's side will be disappointed to be in this position considering their fine start to the campaign, but they will be determined to keep up their end of the bargain to give themselves something to play for next weekend.

See below for the pre-match views from the Forest camp.

Team news

Forest will be without Tobias Figueiredo again as the defender continues to be sidelined with a hamstring injury, which Karanka admits may also keep him out of the game against Bolton next week.

Juan Rafael Fuentes has had an operation on his leg after suffering a broken tibia in Tuesday night's game against Barnsley and is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

David Vaughan also remains out for The Reds but Daryl Murphy could be in line to feature having recovered from injury, while Costel Pantilimon is doubtful with Stefanos Kapino in line to deputise again.

From the opposition

Bristol City are determined to take all six points from their remaining two games in their bid for a positive end to the season, according to assistant head coach Jamie McAllister.

As it stands, Derby County have the advantage of occupying sixth place with a five-point buffer, along with a superior goal difference, but The Robins will aim to pick up maximum points from their final two outings to give themselves a chance.

Speaking to City's official website ahead of Saturday's trip to The City Ground, McAllister said: "The percentage [chance of making the play-offs] is not as good as it was but there is a slim chance and as long as there is that, then we will give it a go.

"Until it's mathematically over we have to keep up the fight. We have six points to play for and we want to finish as high up the table as possible.

"We looked at the fixtures on Saturday and it's crazy, unbelievable [how congested it is for the final play-off spots]. We all play each other and there's one spot which four of five teams are fighting for. It's exciting!"

One to watch - Bobby Reid

It has been a season to remember for Bobby Reid as the forward has notched up over 20 goals in all competitions. His performances for City saw him recognised in the EFL and PFA Teams of the Season and he will be hoping that he can maitain his scoring form to keep Bristol City's play-off hopes alive.

The diminutive academy graduate has formed a good partnership with fellow front man Famara Diedhiou so The Reds defence will need to be on top of their game to keep out one of the division's leading marksmen.

Last visit

Tickets

Don't miss out on the last chance to watch Forest at The City Ground before the long summer break.

Tickets are still available for the game, with fantastic offers such as Kids for a Quid, student tickets at £5 and 18-23-year-olds able to get in for just £10 so get your fix of Forest before the end of the season!

Click here for more details.

Coverage

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

Full coverage will be provided by the club's official social media channels, as well as in the Match Centre.

Other fixtures

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

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


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