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Match preview: Forest vs Norwich

19 October 2018

After the international break, Nottingham Forest return to action at The City Ground as Norwich City are the visitors on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 3pm).

The Reds were in fine form prior to the break, with an unbeaten run of seven games and coming away with a fantastic 2-0 win against Middlesbrough prior to the two-week interval.

Aitor Karanka's men will be looking to carry on climbing the table against The Canaries, who are in good shape themselves in the Championship.

Team news

Aitor Karanka has doubts in the left back spot for tomorrow's game. With Jack Robinson suspended, Ben Osborn is a doubt having picked up a knock in training. Danny Fox could shuffle over from centre back to cover while Tendayi Darikwa and Saidy Janko are also options.

Michael Dawson has fully recovered from his blow to the head at Middlesbrough, while Diogo Goncalves is available again having completed his suspension.

From the Forest camp

The Norwich view

Norwich head coach Daniel Farke knows that The City Ground is a tough place to visit and is expecting a difficult match against The Reds.

He said: "I liked a lot what Forest did in the summer. They brought in real quality and brought in players that fit Karanka's style.

"It's a tough place to go but every game is tough at this level. We have many high quality opponents coming up. We know we are capable of beating these high quality teams.

"It's a tough place to go. No one in the league likes to play against Norwich at the moment though. We believe in our strengths. We are now pretty much settled in the way we wanted to play. I'm pretty sure that we can go further on in the same way."

One to watch - Jordan Rhodes

With top scorer Teemu Pukki ruled out through injury, Jordan Rhodes is likely to deputise up front for Norwich City.

The frontman has been prolific in the Championship over the years and has already found the net five times this season.

Head to head

Forest wins - 28
Norwich wins - 26
Draws - 17

Last visit - Forest 1-0 Norwich (Tuesday 21st November, 2017 - Sky Bet Championship)

Tickets

There are less than 200 tickets remaining with a capacity crowd expected at The City Ground.

Less than half of the seats still available are together with the remainder being single seats and the club cannot guarantee that there will be any seats left to sell on matchday. 

Full ticket information can be found here.

Coverage

The game will be available to watch on iFollow Forest for international subscribers, while audio commentary provided by BBC Radio Nottingham will also be available.

There will also be full match coverage 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 Wednesday vs Middlesbrough (Friday, 7.45pm)
Blackburn vs Leeds (12pm)
Aston Villa vs Swansea
Brentford vs Bristol City
Hull vs Preston
Ipswich vs QPR
Reading vs Millwall
Rotherham vs Bolton
Stoke vs Birmingham
Wigan vs West Brom
Derby vs Sheffield United (5.30pm)


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