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Match preview: Burton vs Forest

30 October 2018

Nottingham Forest visit Burton Albion tonight as they aim to make the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup for the first time in nearly 25 years (kick-off 7.45pm).

The Reds were last in the last eight in the 1993-94 season and face a tough test against League One Burton Albion at the Pirelli Stadium.

Aitor Karanka's men have overcome Bury, Newcastle and Stoke to reach this stage and will be looking to continue their cup run against their near neighbours.

Team news

Danny Fox misses out for The Reds and is set for a spell on the sidelines having been taken off in the draw at Leeds on the weekend, while there are also question marks around Daryl Murphy's fitness.

Aitor Karanka says he will rotate his squad for the match following three games in the past week.

From the Forest camp

The opposition view

Burton Albion boss Nigel Clough says it is a big chance for his side to reach the latter stages of the Carabao Cup but it will be a tough evening against The Reds.

He said: "The last 16 of the Carabao Cup is a big, big tie and we have twice European champions coming to town. It's a good tie for us and it has come at a good time for us as well.

"They are very strong defensively and I think it will be a tight affair because of the prize, even for them. The last eight of a major competition is a massive prize and Forest will not rule out going to the final. If they get past us and get another kind draw, anything can happen.

"It's difficult for us to prepare as because of the sheer number of players they have got we have no idea what starting 11 they can put out. They have so many options in so many positions – although we think the shape will stay the same.

"They have better players than us and will put us under pressure at times so it's important for us to stay in the game. If it is a tight one that will benefit us. The last thing we want to do is to be chasing the game at 2-0 down, like on Saturday, never mind against the quality of Forest so stay in the game, keep it tight and when we get opportunities we have to take them."

One to watch - Liam Boyce

After a difficult first season at Burton because of injury, forward Liam Boyce has found his goalscoring touch with seven goals to his name so far this season.

The Northern Irishman scored the winning goal against Aston Villa in the second round, as well as finding the net against Burnley in the third, and he will be Burton's main attacking threat on Tuesday night.

Head to head

Forest wins - 2
Burton wins - 1
Draws - 1

Last visit - Burton 0-0 Forest (Saturday 17th February, 2018 - Sky Bet Championship)


Nottingham Forest supporters have snapped up the full allocation of 1,621 tickets for the game at the Pirelli Stadium and no further tickets will be made available. 


As the match is being shown live on Sky Sports, there will be no live broadcast of the game on iFollow Forest. However, audio commentary will be available.

There will also be full coverage via the club's social media channels and in the Match Centre.

Other ties

Ties to be played on Wednesday at 7.45pm unless otherwise stated:

Bournemouth vs Norwich (Tuesday, 7.45pm)
Leicester P-P Southampton 
Arsenal vs Blackpool
Chelsea vs Derby
West Ham vs Tottenham
Middlesbrough vs Crystal Palace (8pm)
Manchester City vs Fulham (Thursday, 7.45pm)

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