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Match preview: Forest vs Preston

7 December 2018

Nottingham Forest will be looking to make it back-to-back home wins when Preston North End visit The City Ground tomorrow (kick-off 3pm).

The Reds triumphed 2-0 against Ipswich last weekend and will hope to cement their place in the top six with another victory on Trentside.

Preston have had a difficult start to the season but will be looking to prove that they have turned a corner against Aitor Karanka's in-form side.

Team news

Michael Dawson has been ruled out for The Reds after limping off in the victory over Ipswich last weekend, joining Danny Fox and Hillal Soudani on the sidelines.

With Tobias Figueiredo serving the second game of his three-game suspension, it could mean a spot at the heart of the defence for Jack Robinson.

From the Forest camp

The opposition view

Preston boss Alex Neil is looking to come through this injury-hit spell for his side with some positive results as they prepare to visit The City Ground this weekend.


He said: "It is going to be a difficult match. Our injury problems are well documented and with Aitor there, they have someone who is experienced at getting teams out of this league. What he has done is assemble a squad with the knowledge and knowhow of how to get out of it.

"We had put a good run of results together and were looking at this next batch of games in a confident mood - when you lose two, three or four players it is really tough, but when you lose five, six, seven or eight then it becomes even more difficult.

"The players we are missing are the guys who set the standards and have done it; they know what it takes to do it. It is unfair on some of the younger lads, who maybe signed in the summer, who are being accompanied by five our six other guys who are trying to make their mark on the team.

"Our numbers have been limited, but we will work hard in the next couple of days and use that to prepare properly for the weekend."

One to watch - Tom Barkhuizen

With top scorer Callum Robinson ruled out through injury, Tom Barkhuizen could be Preston's main attacking threat on Saturday.

The former Blackpool and Morecambe man has scored five times this season and his pace could be a vital asset for Alex Neil's side.

Head to head

Forest wins - 32
Preston wins - 41
Draws - 28


Tickets are very limited in some areas of the stadium with another bumper crowd expected at The City Ground.

Full ticket details can be found here.


International subscribers to iFollow Forest will be able to watch the match live, with audio commentary provided by BBC Radio Nottingham also available.

There will be full coverage of the game on 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:

West Brom vs Aston Villa (Friday, 8pm)
Birmingham vs Bristol City
Brentford vs Swansea
Leeds vs QPR
Middlesbrough vs Blackburn
Millwall vs Hull
Norwich vs Bolton
Sheffield Wednesday vs Rotherham
Stoke vs Ipswich
Wigan vs Derby 
Reading vs Sheffield United (5.30pm)

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