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Match preview: Forest vs Ipswich

30 November 2018

After picking up four points on the road this week, Nottingham Forest are back in action at The City Ground against Ipswich Town tomorrow (kick-off 3pm).

The Reds welcome The Tractor Boys to Trentside as they aim to cement their place in the top six and stretch their unbeaten run to seven games.

Ipswich have found life tough this season as they sit at the foot of the table but Paul Lambert's side will be looking to pick up some points for their new manager.

Team news

With Tobias Figueiredo suspended following his red card at Aston Villa on Wednesday night, Michael Hefele is expected to come into the side to partner Michael Dawson at the heart of the defence.

Danny Fox and Hillal Soudani are still sidelined however, and Karanka may be tempted into making changes following that physically and emotionally draining 5-5 draw at Villa Park.

From the Forest camp

The opposition view

Paul Lambert says he will make changes to his team as Ipswich finish off a run of three games in a week with a trip to The City Ground.

The Blues boss has played the same starting XI in each of the four games he has been in charge at Portman Road but says he will look to utilise his squad this weekend.

"We need to freshen it up for Saturday, through fatigue as much as anything else," he said.

"A lot of the lads have not played at this level so it's a test for them physically. We do need to change things a bit, not too many but we do need to freshen it up.

"We are a young side. Flynn [Downes] and Trevoh [Chalobah] have not had a break at all for instance because they have had international football.

"Whoever comes in though, I'm sure they will do as well as the ones that will drop out."

One to watch - Gwion Edwards

Summer signing Gwion Edwards has impressed in a struggling Ipswich side this season and he could be the main man once again on Saturday.

After switching from Peterborough, the 25-year-old winger has scored four times this season and will be key for The Tractor Boys. 

Head to head

Forest wins - 37
Ipswich wins - 22
Draws - 18

Last time out - Forest 2-1 Ipswich (Saturday 14th April, 2018 - Sky Bet Championship)


Tickets are selling well with another strong crowd expected on Trentside. Full details can be found here.


International subscribers to iFollow Forest will be able to watch the match live, with audio commentary also available.

There will be full coverage of the game 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:

Sheffield United vs Leeds (12.30pm)
Birmingham vs Preston
Blackburn vs Sheffield Wednesday
Bolton vs Wigan
Derby vs Swansea
Norwich vs Rotherham
QPR vs Hull
Reading vs Stoke
Middlesbrough vs Aston Villa (5.30pm)
Bristol City vs Millwall (Sunday, 1.30pm)
West Brom vs Brentford (Monday, 8pm)

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