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Preview: Wolves (A)

19 January 2018

Nottingham Forest head to Molineux on Saturday looking to pick up a result against league leaders Wolves.

The Reds lost 1-0 to Aston Villa last weekend in Aitor Karanka's first game in charge and, after a full week on the training pitch with the new manager, Forest will be seeking a positive performance against Wolves.

Nuno Espirito Santo's side have performed brilliantly so far in this campaign and sit 10 points clear at the top of the Championship heading into this weekend's fixtures.

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

Team news

Daryl Murphy and Jamie Ward have been ruled out of Saturday's game through injury. Murphy has yet to recover from a rib problem while Ward has a minor hamstring injury and is set to return to training next week.

Joe Worrall is available however, as the defender returns after completing his one-match suspension.

From the opposition

Nuno Espirito Santo said that he can take plenty of positives from Wednesday night's Emirates FA Cup defeat against Swansea ahead of the clash with Forest at Molineux.

Speaking after the game at the Liberty Stadium, he said: "When you lose a game, the first reaction you have is that there are no positives but there are a lot of positives from this game.

"It's about the squad, it's about growing the team and it's about having options for the rest of the season.

"We have to look how many games we have gone without losing a game - now we lose, it must be the same again.

"We have shown again that we really can compete against any opponent - we are ready to compete game by game, this is what I'm looking to improve.

"I want to create an identity that allows us to go to each pitch and compete.

"Today, we showed that we are in the right way. I know it's disappointing and the fans came a long way to support us until the end, but they saw what we are ready to do - the team is ready to compete in any pitch."

One to watch - Diogo Jota

Portuguese forward Diogo Jota has been a big influence in the Wolves attack so far this season. The 21-year-old has chipped in with 11 goals and four assists in the Championship as Wolves sit at the top of the table.

Highly-rated Jota moved to the club in the summer, joining on loan from Atletico Madrid, and has taken to life in English football well and will be one for The Reds defence to keep quiet on Saturday afternoon.

Last visit

Tickets

Tickets are no longer available through the Nottingham Forest ticket office and no tickets will be available for purchase at Molineux on the day.

Coverage

The game will be broadcast live on iFollow Forest for international subscribers, with live audio commentary also available.

There will also be coverage available 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:

Derby v Bristol City (Friday, 7.45pm)
Aston Villa v Barnsley
Bolton v Ipswich
Fulham v Burton
Leeds v Millwall
Norwich v Sheffield United
Preston v Birmingham
QPR v Middlesbrough
Reading v Brentford
Sunderland v Hull
Sheffield Wednesday v Cardiff (5.30pm)


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