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Match preview: Aston Villa vs Forest

27 November 2018

Nottingham Forest visit Villa Park on Wednesday evening as they look to continue their fine away form against Aston Villa (kick-off 7.45pm).

The Reds have clocked up six games unbeaten on the road and will look to make it seven against Dean Smith's side and maintain their push for the top six.

Villa have turned their form around since Smith's appointment as manager and will pose a tough test for Aitor Karanka's men.

Team news

Aitor Karanka has no fresh injury concerns ahead of the trip across the Midlands, with Danny Fox and Hillal Soudani still sidelined.

Karanka's thoughts

The opposition view

Villa boss Dean Smith hopes his side can continue their good run of form when Forest visit on Wednesday night. 

The Villans have won four of Smith's first six games in charge and confidence is returning to Villa Park.

He said: "I always see games against the big teams as opportunities. The same with any game really. But what's pleasing me the most is that the players now also see them as opportunities, too. They're looking forward to the games, I can see that.

"We've now won three games on the spin. This group knows how to win games, they did it enough last season and were unfortunate at the last hurdle.

"We will just have to keep the run going. I said it before, under Steve (Bruce), this team were good here. Not many teams came to Villa Park and beat Villa so let's hope that will continue."

One to watch - Jack Grealish

Touted for a move to the Premier League before the start of the season, talismanic figure Jack Grealish has been a key man again so far this season.

Epitomised by his performance in Sunday's Second City derby victory, Grealish will be a key man for Villa if they are to be successful this season.

Head to head

Forest wins - 37
Aston Villa wins - 58
Draws - 29


Nottingham Forest supporters have snapped up all 2,602 tickets for this match and no further tickets will be made available.


Forest fans anywhere in the world can watch the match at Villa Park via iFollow Forest. International subscribers can follow the action as normal, with the match also available to watch for domestic viewers for a £10 match pass.

Audio commentary will also be available, with full coverage via the club's official social media channels and in the Match Centre

Other fixtures

All fixtures to be played at 7.45pm unless otherwise stated:


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Hull vs Norwich
Leeds vs Reading
Preston vs Middlesbrough
Rotherham vs QPR
Sheffield Wednesday vs Bolton


Ipswich vs Bristol City
Millwall vs Birmingham
Swansea vs West Brom
Wigan vs Blackburn
Stoke vs Derby (8pm)

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