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Match preview: Derby vs Forest

16 December 2018

Nottingham Forest make the short journey down the A52 for the first East Midlands derby of the season as they take on Derby County on Monday evening (kick-off 7.45pm).

The Reds visit Pride Park with just three points separating the two sides in the Championship table as Forest look to get back to winning ways following last weekend's defeat against Preston.

Frank Lampard's Derby have made a strong start to the season under the new manager, sitting in the play-off positions, and will provide tough opposition for Aitor Karanka's men.

Team news

Tobias Figueiredo serves the final game of his three-match suspension, while boss Aitor Karanka will leave it late to decide on the fitness of defenders Michael Dawson and Danny Fox. 

From the Forest camp

The opposition view

Derby boss Frank Lampard says he is well aware of the significance of Monday night's game as he gets set to take charge of his first East Midlands derby.

He said: "I will be there to try and motivate the players, maybe to temper motivation and make sure it's the right kind.

"They shouldn't need any telling of what it means to the fans of both clubs so that's part of an intense derby that comes in football and you should love playing as a player.

"As a manager, you still have a job to do. You have to work, look at Nottingham Forest, who are a good team in the Championship, and know it's a big challenge for you in a football sense. The atmosphere adds to that.

"You should live for them as players because it's important to understand that's what we're in the game for. You can see the fans and how they feel and we need to try and send them home happy."

One to watch - Harry Wilson

Liverpool loanee Harry Wilson has impressed for The Rams since he joined in the summer.

With eight goals to his name so far, the winger will be a key attacking threat for Frank Lampard's side. 

Head to head

Forest wins - 39
Derby wins - 37
Draws - 25


Forest supporters have snapped up the full allocation of 3,111 tickets and no further tickets will be made available.


Due to the game being shown live on Sky Sports, there will be no live broadcast on iFollow Forest for international subscribers. Audio commentary will be available however.

There will be full coverage of the game via the club's official social media channels and in the Match Centre.

Other results

Aston Villa 2-2 Stoke
Blackburn 2-2 Birmingham
Bolton 0-1 Leeds
Bristol City 2-2 Norwich
Hull 2-0 Brentford
Ipswich 1-0 Wigan
Preston 3-2 Millwall
QPR 2-1 Middlesbrough
Rotherham 1-1 Reading
Sheffield United 1-2 West Brom
Swansea 2-1 Sheffield Wednesday

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