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Preview: Middlesbrough (A)

6 April 2018

Nottingham Forest return to action tomorrow with a trip to Teesside to take on Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium (kick-off 3pm).

The Reds will be keen to get back out on the pitch after Monday's game against Barnsley was postponed, and with a defeat against Millwall in their game on Good Friday bringing an end to their unbeaten run, Aitor Karanka's men will be looking to get back on track to finish the season strongly.

Middlesbrough picked up one point over the Easter weekend, losing 2-1 at home to Wolves before snatching a point at Burton with a late goal on Monday, and Tony Pulis will be hoping to rekindle some of his side's form as they look to secure a play-off berth.

See below for the views from the Forest camp.

Team news

Aitor Karanka has a few last-minute calls to make as a few injuries have hit the squad in the last couple of weeks. The manager said that "two or three" players are doubts, while admitting that Daryl Murphy remains sidelined.

He said: "I need to think because we have a few players who I thought were ready to play, but I have learned that maybe they can't. I will check before we travel, see who is fit and we will see. Kieran I hope will be fit. Daryl Murphy, I am not so sure. We have another two or three who maybe aren't ready for the game."

From the opposition

Tony Pulis said he is unlikley to make too many changes to his side when Nottingham Forest visit on Saturday.

The Boro boss knows they will have to break down The Reds' defence to aid their push to secure a top six spot.

He said: "They're quite well organised, they've brought in some experienced players, they play some good football and we'll have to be careful they don't catch us on the counter.

"The most important thing now for us it's what we do. We're sixth in the table and in a position where it's down to us, we can determine our own fate. It's exciting and I hope the players can recognise they're in a great position. We've got some big, exciting games coming up.

"I don't like changing much. It's harder to get into the team, if I think the team is settled then it's harder for people to get in. I like to keep a settled team."

One to watch - Patrick Bamford

Patrick Bamford has been in prolific form of late as he looks to fire Middlesbrough into the play-offs.

The former Forest man has hit nine goals in his last eight outings, including a hat-trick in the 3-0 win against Leeds last month, and he will be keen to get on the scoresheet against his former side.

Last time out

Tickets

Nottingham Forest supporters will be able to pay on the day at the Riverside for tomorrow's game. Tickets are no longer available from the Nottingham Forest ticket office, but supporters can purchase tickets on arrival at Middlesbrough from the visitors' ticket office using cash only.

Full details can be found here.  

Coverage

Tomorrow's game will be broadcast live on iFollow Forest for international subscribers, with the usual audio commentary via BBC Radio Nottingham will be 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 3pm on Saturday unless otherwise stated:

Cardiff v Wolves (Friday, 7.45pm)
Barnsley v Sheffield United (12.15pm)
Norwich v Aston Villa (12.30pm)
Birmingham v Burton
Brentford v Ipswich
Derby v Bolton
Hull v QPR
Leeds v Sunderland
Millwall v Bristol City
Reading v Preston
Sheffield Wednesday v Fulham


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