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Match preview: Bolton vs Forest

23 October 2018

Nottingham Forest aim to bounce back as they head to the University of Bolton Stadium to take on Bolton Wanderers on Wednesday night (kick-off 8pm).

The Reds lost their first home game of the season against Norwich on Saturday but they will be looking to make it back-to-back away wins following their victory over Middlesbrough on the road two weeks ago.

Bolton survived on the final day of last season and they will be hoping to be well clear of the relegation places in this campaign, and head into the midweek round of fixtures in 18th spot.

Team news

Aitor Karanka has a few doubts over players who picked up knocks in Saturday's game against Norwich and admitted that he could make some changes.

Jack Robinson is available for selection following the completion of his one-game suspension.

From the Forest camp

The opposition view

Following the draw with Rotherham on the weekend, Bolton boss Phil Parkinson wants his side to take that positive result into their two home games this week.

Speaking after the 1-1 draw at the New York Stadium, he said: "Our aim today was to ensure that we went into these two games with a positive result and although we would have loved to have taken all three points, this point sets us up nicely for a great week ahead where the squad will be utilised.

"It was blood and thunder as we expected and was a different type of game to what you usually get in the Sky Bet Championship.

"We had to handle their long balls into the box from throw-ins and set-plays and I thought in the main, we did that well.

"We always want three points, but you should never undervalue one, especially away from home and at a place like Rotherham. This is a tough place to come and a lot of teams will find that this season."

One to watch - Josh Magennis

Summer signing Josh Magennis made a strong start to life at Bolton, hitting four goals in the opening seven games.

After a prolific spell in League One with Charlton, the Northern Irish international will certainly be one to watch on Wednesday night.

Head to head

Forest wins - 34
Bolton wins - 32
Draws - 26

Last time out - Bolton 3-2 Forest (Sunday 6th May, 2018 - Sky Bet Championship)


Tickets for Wednesday night's match against Bolton are no longer available from the Nottingham Forest ticket office, but can be purchased on arrival at the University of Bolton Stadium.

Full ticket information can be found here.


The match is available to watch on iFollow Forest in the UK and abroad. You can buy a match pass for just £10 and watch all the action with a four-camera feed and commentary from BBC Radio Nottingham.

Audio commentary only is also available, while there will be full coverage of the game via the club's official social media channels and in the Match Centre.

Full information on tomorrow's iFollow options can be found here.

Other fixtures

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

Birmingham vs Reading
Middlesbrough vs Rotherham
Millwall vs Wigan
Norwich vs Aston Villa
QPR vs Sheffield Wednesday
Sheffield United vs Stoke
Swansea vs Blackburn

Bristol City vs Hull
Leeds vs Ipswich
Preston vs Brentford
West Brom vs Derby (8pm)

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