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Match preview: Wigan vs Forest

17 August 2018

Nottingham Forest return to Sky Bet Championship action tomorrow when they make the trip to the DW Stadium to take on Wigan Athletic.

The Reds have made an unbeaten start to the season, drawing twice and picking up three points against Reading, and secured their passage to the second round of the Carabao Cup with a penalty shoot-out victory over Bury on Tuesday night.

Wigan started the season with a 3-2 victory over Sheffield Wednesday but have since lost to Aston Villa and Rotherham in the Carabao Cup and Aitor Karanka's men will be hoping to ensure The Latics' losing streak continues.

Team news

Aitor Karanka confirmed that Sam Byram and Michael Hefele are both in contention for The Reds after making their debuts for the club in the midweek victory against Bury.

Costel Pantilimon is expected to return in goal, with Jordan Smith serving a one-game suspension following his red card on Tuesday night.

From the Forest camp

Aitor Karanka and Lewis Grabban have been speaking to the media ahead of the trip to the DW Stadium. See what they had to say below.

From the opposition

Wigan manager Paul Cook is well aware of the threat posed by Nottingham Forest and is expecting a tough encounter on Saturday afternoon.

The Latics won promotion from League One last season and says that his side will need to adjust quickly to playing against higher calibre opposition.

He said: "Forest will pose an absolutely massive threat on Saturday.

"They're full of outstanding players, they've got an outstanding manager, and it'll be another bumper crowd in the stadium. But it's all part of the process involved with moving up a division.

"It's very tough, very demanding, to remain self-confident when you're moving up a level and results are going against you, and goals are going against you.

"Confidence is key in football, we're trying to build a club based on confidence and bravery, and when it goes wrong having the belief to go out there and work even harder to get it right."

One to watch - Nick Powell

Last season's key man Nick Powell has made a strong start to this campaign, scoring in both of The Latics' opening games against Sheffield Wednesday and Aston Villa.

He hit 15 goals in League One last season as they won promotion back to the second tier and he will be at the heart of things for Paul Cook's side again this term.

Head to head

Forest wins - 3
Wigan wins - 4
Draws - 5

Last visit: Wigan 0-0 Forest (Sky Bet Championship, Saturday 25th February 2017)

Tickets

The Reds' initial allocation for the trip to the DW Stadium has sold out but tickets will be able to purchase on arrival. 

Full ticket information can be found here.  

Supporters are reminded that the official coaches will depart from the Peter Taylor Stand at 10.30am as opposed to the Brian Clough Stand. This is due to the Test Match taking place at Trent Bridge.

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 of the match 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:

Birmingham v Swansea (Friday, 7.45pm)
Bristol City v Middlesbrough
Hull v Blackburn
Ipswich v Aston Villa
Leeds v Rotherham
Millwall v Derby
Reading v Bolton
Sheffield United v Norwich
West Brom v QPR
Preston v Stoke (5.30pm)
Brentford v Sheffield Wednesday (Sunday, 3pm)


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