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Preview: Cardiff (A)

20 April 2018

It's a Saturday night under the lights for Nottingham Forest as they face Cardiff City in front of the Sky Sports cameras tomorrow (kick-off 7.45pm).

The Reds are in buoyant mood having turned the tables on Ipswich Town last weekend, coming from behind to snatch all three points in injury time, and they will be hoping to carry that on in South Wales.

Aitor Karanka's men are all-but safe from relegation and he will be keen to show what Forest can do against one of the league's top teams. 

Cardiff have stuttered in recent weeks as their promotion tilt reaches its climax. Defeats against Wolves and Aston Villa in recent weeks have allowed Fulham to move into the mix for the top two in the Championship and Neil Warnock will be keen to avoid another slip up tomorrow night.

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

Team news

Daryl Murphy is back in contention for Forest having returned to training this week and the experienced striker could be involved. Lee Tomlin is a certain absentee though as he is ineligible to feature against his parent club.

David Vaughan remains sidelined while Karanka has admitted there are question marks over Joe Worrall and Costel Pantilimon.

From the opposition

Neil Warnock knows that Nottingham Forest pose a big test for his Cardiff side on Saturday night as the Championship season draws to a close.

The Bluebirds boss is keen to put aside their disappointing results against promotion rivals recently to get back on track.

He said: "Well we should have beaten Villa and had a point against Wolves, so we should have had four points and be celebrating now. But we haven't got that so we hard hard anyone. We know the Forest game, Sunderland at Fulham... they won't be straightforward games. There aren't any in the Championship.

"Karanka is turning it round now, I like him as a manager. He will want to have a good finish to the season and plan for the start of next. We were in that situation, planning for next season and looking at one or two lads. Karanka gets his defence sorted first and foremost, but we're the same."

One to watch - Junior Hoilett

The Canadian international has been a consistent figure for Cardiff City this season as they seek promotion to the Premier League.

A recent goal drought for the forward was ended as he hit the second goal in the win against Norwich City last weekend and he will be keen to help fire The Bluebirds to promotion.

Last time out

Tickets

Tickets are no longer available via the Nottingham Forest ticket office, but Cardiff have confirmed that there will be a cash-only facility for supporters to buy tickets on arrival at the Cardiff City Stadium. 

Full details can be found here.

Coverage

Due to the game being broadcast live on Sky Sports, there will be no live feed of the game for international subscribers to iFollow Forest. There will be audio commentary, however.

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 3pm on Saturday unless otherwise stated:

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


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