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Match preview: Forest vs Stoke

9 November 2018

Nottingham Forest will be targeting back-to-back home wins when Stoke City visit The City Ground on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 3pm).

After a determined 1-0 win against Sheffield United last weekend, The Reds will be looking for another three points to maintain their push for the play-off spots heading into the international break.

Stoke have had an indifferent start to the season and find themselves in 15th place in the Championship on their return to the second tier, but they will provide stern opposition with an unbeaten run on the road stretching back to September.

Team news

Forest have Jack Colback available for selection again after the midfielder served his one-game suspension, but manager Aitor Karanka has a decision to make on whether to reinstate the on-loan Newcastle man or stick with Claudio Yacob after his impressive debut last weekend.

Danny Fox, Hillal Soudani and Daryl Murphy all remain absentees for The Reds.

From the Forest camp

The opposition view

Stoke manager Gary Rowett is keen to continue their good form when they visit The City Ground this weekend.

He said: “We’ve worked on being pacier and getting the ball forward into attacking areas and we’ll continue to do that. I think we’ve got quite a nice rhythm to what we’re doing at the moment and it’s really just improving that last 20 per cent.

“I’ve got no doubt we can perform to a higher level.

"Our main concern (heading into the international break) is trying to finish with a positive result after what's been a good period of games for us. I looked three games ago and there was a little bit of me thinking this was a tough period and we might come out of it with not as many points as we'd like.

"We've actually done well so for me it's about trying to finish that off."

One to watch - Jack Butland

The England international keeper has been in good form of late, keeping four clean sheets in his last six outings for The Potters and The Reds will need to be at their goalscoring best to find a way past the former Birmingham man.

Head to head

Forest wins - 44
Stoke wins - 30
Draws - 30

Last time out - Forest 3-2 Stoke (Wednesday 26th September, 2018 - Carabao Cup)


Another big crowd is set to descend on Trentside for Saturday's game, with limited availability in all areas. 

Full ticket information can be found here.


International subscribers to iFollow Forest will be able to watch the game in full while audio commentary provided by BBC Radio Nottingham will also be available.

There will be full coverage of the match 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 Sheffield Wednesday (Friday, 7.45pm)
Birmingham vs Hull
Blackburn vs Rotherham
Bolton vs Swansea
Bristol City vs Preston
Derby vs Aston Villa
Middlesbrough vs Wigan
Norwich vs Millwall
QPR vs Brentford
Reading vs Ipswich
West Brom vs Leeds (5.30pm)

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