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Match preview: Bristol City (A)

3 August 2018

The wait for Sky Bet Championship action to return is nearly over as Nottingham Forest get their season underway at Bristol City tomorrow afternoon.

Aitor Karanka's side have been building towards the kick-off after a strong pre-season and with plenty of new faces, there is lots to be optimistic about for the 2018-19 campaign.

There will be a packed out away end with Forest fans snapping up all 2,696 tickets and they will be in full voice at Ashton Gate on Saturday to cheer on the new look Reds.

From the dressing room

Both Aitor Karanka and Ben Osborn have been speaking to the media ahead of tomorrow's game. See their pre-match thoughts below.

Team news

Aitor Karanka said that he has a fully-fit squad to choose from with the players coming through pre-season unscathed.

The Reds boss now has a big selection headache with plenty of options all across the park to choose from. Luke Steele, Jack Robinson, Gil Dias, Joao Carvalho, Diogo Goncalves, Hillal Soudani and Lewis Grabban could all be in line for their debuts, with fellow new signings Costel Pantilimon, Tobias Figueiredo and Jack Colback also in contention.

Opposition view

Bristol City boss Lee Johnson is pleased with how his side's preparations have gone ahead of the opening game of the season. 

"Pre-season has gone very well," Johnson said. "I've been delighted with the players and their application throughout the summer.

"We have worked on a lot of things, hopefully the fans will see some improvement and changes in the way we play, while we are maintaining the things we do very, very well."

With seven new faces, there has been a fair bit of change at Ashton Gate this summer but Johnson is happy with the way The Robins are shaping up.

"I am expecting a brilliant game, it will be end to end and entertaining," Johnson told bcfc.co.uk.

"They [Forest] are a good possession side, as are we, and we have to do our very best to prize them open and pick holes in their defence but I feel we are ready.

"We couldn't have done any more and the players are chomping at the bit to get out on the home turf."

One to watch - Andi Weimann

A summer signing from Derby County, Andi Weimann will be expected to fill the shoes of last season's star man Bobby Reid, who crossed the River Severn to join Cardiff City.

A player with plenty of pace and attacking threat, Weimann will be hoping to make a good early impression in his new surroundings as Bristol City look to improve on last season's 11th place finish.

Head to head

Nottingham Forest - 39 wins
Bristol City - 19 wins
Draws - 31

Last season:
Bristol City 2-1 Forest (Saturday 16th December, 2017)
Forest 0-0 Bristol City (Saturday 28th April, 2018)

Tickets

All 2,696 tickets allocated to Nottingham Forest have been sold out, with supporters clammering to get their tickets to see the opening game of the season.

No further tickets will be available and supporters without a match ticket are advised not to travel.

Coverage

There will be live coverage of the match on iFollow Forest. Audio commentary is available to UK and Ireland subscribers, while a live broadcast of the game will be available to overseas subscribers. 

Make sure you are subscribed before the start of the game, with domestic season passes costing £45 and international passes costing £110. Subscribe by clicking here.

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

Other fixtures

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

Reading v Derby (Friday, 8pm)
Birmingham v Norwich
Brentford v Rotherham
Ipswich v Blackburn
Millwall v Middlesbrough
Preston v QPR
West Brom v Bolton
Wigan v Sheffield Wednesday
Sheffield United v Swansea (kick-off 5.30pm)
Leeds v Stoke (Sunday, 4.30pm)
Hull v Aston Villa (Monday, 7.45pm)


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