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Preview: Aston Villa (H)

12 January 2018

Nottingham Forest return to Sky Bet Championship action tomorrow when Aston Villa are the visitors to The City Ground for Aitor Karanka's first game in charge.

The Spaniard was appointed as the club's new manager earlier this week and he will be in the dugout for the first time against The Villans.

A fantastic performance last time out saw The Reds defeat Emirates FA Cup holders Arsenal 4-2 to earn their place in the fourth round of the competition, and Karanka will be hoping his side can show the same level of performance against Villa.

Steve Bruce's side are in and around the promotion picture after a stuttering start to the campaign, but their strong recent form sees them sitting in fifth place heading into this weekend's fixtures.

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

Team news

Joe Worrall will miss the game tomorrow as he serves a one-match ban for his red card against Arsenal last weekend. Matt Mills is expected to come into the side as his replacement. 

Liam Bridcutt and Daryl Murphy both missed the cup win against The Gunners through injury but and will be hoping to return to action on Saturday.

From the opposition

Steve Bruce said that there is plenty to play for as his side look to bounce back from last weekend's Emirates FA Cup defeat against Peterborough.

He said: "There is no disputing that we're very disappointed with what happened last week. But in hindsight, the four or five young players we played alongside the three or four players who had been out for a very long time made it hard work for us.

"However, I do think it was invaluable for the young players and also the players who had been out for two or three months, to get some sort of football in them.

"We're disappointed with the cup tie, but we're going to be judged on what we do in the league and rightly so. Another big game again tomorrow and we're now into the beginning of the end of the January.

"With less than 20 games to play after tomorrow - it's all to play for."

One to watch - Albert Adomah

Aston Villa's top scorer with 12 goals in all competitions this season, Albert Adomah is one to keep an eye on tomorrow.

The winger is enjoying his best goalscoring campaign, including finding the net against The Reds in the reverse fixture earlier this season, and Steve Bruce will be hoping his main man is on song on Saturday.

Last visit

Tickets

Tickets for Saturday's game are available from as little as £15 for adults, £11 for seniors and £1 for Under 16s, representing excellent value to watch Aitor Karanka's first game in charge.

Full ticket details can be found here

Coverage

The match is being shown live on Sky Sports so, due to broadcasting restrictions, there will be no live broadcast on iFollow Forest. Audio commentary will be available, however.

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

Other fixtures

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

Sheffield United v Sheffield Wednesday (Friday, 7.45pm)
Cardiff v Sunderland (12.30pm)
Barnsley v Wolves
Birmingham v Derby
Brentford v Bolton
Bristol City v Norwich
Burton v QPR
Hull v Reading
Ipswich v Leeds
Middlesbrough v Fulham
Millwall v Preston


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