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Preview: Fulham (A)

2 February 2018

Nottingham Forest begin life after the January transfer window with a trip to Fulham in the Sky Bet Championship.

Following a dramatic transfer deadline day which saw them make six new additions to their first-team squad, Forest now go in search of a morale-boosting three points in the capital.

Back-to-back defeats to Hull City and Preston may have knocked The Reds' confidence but they travel to Craven Cottage knowing victory against their promotion-chasing hosts would put them right back on track.

Fulham are on a strong run of form in the league having won six and drawn one of their last seven matches and last Saturday's 3-1 victory at Barnsley pushed Slavisa Jokanovic's men up into the play-off spots.

The home side look set to be without their infuential midfielder Tom Cairney once again but with the likes of Ryan Sessegnon, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Oliver Norwood in their ranks, The Cottagers look set to pose a difficult challenge for Forest.

See below for the pre-match views from the Forest camp.

Team news

Forest boss Aitor Karanka has Liam Bridcutt available once again following the completion of his suspension and a host of new signings at his disposal.

Costel Pantilimon, Jack Colback, Ashkan Dejagah and Adlene Guedioura could all start the game at Craven Cottage with Lee Tomlin, Joe Lolley and Tobias Figueiredo also available. 

From the opposition

Slavisa Jokanovic says new additions to his squad should help them to carry on their strong recent run of form ahead of Saturday's clash with Forest.

"I expect Forest will be organised, compact, solid defensively and wait for mistakes. They (Forest) have started to build something new, but will be extra motivated because of it.

"The game will be really tough and complicated and we will need to be ready for the challenge. What’s best for us is to support each other, work hard, be clever and to only think about Forest.

"We’ve had a good run of results and must show a desire to be even better. I believe our new players will help us to improve. I need competition between my players. We’ve tried to create a good atmosphere to push our players to work and to achieve important targets." 

One to watch - Ryan Sessegnon

England Under 19 international Ryan Sessegnon has scored 11 goals for Fulham this season including a brace in each of their last two games against Burton Albion and Barnsley.

The 17-year-old scored a hat-trick in the memorable 5-4 win at Sheffield United in November and his form has only got stronger as the season has progressed, as seven goals in his last seven games would testify.

A left-sided defender with attacking instincts, Sessegnon is always a threat for Slavisa Jokanovic's side and will surely be on the books of a Premier League club next season.

Last visit

Tickets

Tickets for Nottingham Forest's game at Fulham are no longer available. This is an all-ticket fixture so no tickets will be on sale on arrival at Craven Cottage.

Coverage

The match will be broadcast live on iFollow Forest for international subscribers, with audio commentary also 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:

Bolton v Bristol City (Friday, 8pm)
Aston Villa v Burton Albion
Derby v Brentford
Leeds v Cardiff
Norwich v Middlesbrough
Preston v Hull
QPR v Barnsley
Reading v Millwall
Sheffield Wednesday v Birmingham
Sunderland v Ipswich
Wolves v Sheffield United


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