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Match preview: Middlesbrough vs Forest

5 October 2018

Nottingham Forest make the trip north to take on Middlesbrough in the Sky Bet Championship tomorrow afternoon (kick-off 3pm).

The Reds will be looking to return to winning ways after back-to-back 2-2 draws, and to do so they will need to pick up their first three points on the road this season.

Middlesbrough have made a strong start to the season, however, and will provide a tough test for Aitor Karanka's side.

Team news

Hillal Soudani returned to training this week for The Reds and could be involved for the first time since the end of August. 

Diogo Goncalves serves the final game of his suspension and Aitor Karanka could be tempted into making some changes following the midweek performance against Millwall.

From the Forest camp

The Middlesbrough view

Boro boss Tony Pulis is looking forward to testing himself against Aitor Karanka's Reds. 

He said: "We're playing against a decent team, Forest are a good side with some good players. Aitor (Karanka) has changed a few things around there and he'll be determined to come here and get a result.

"I'm looking forward to it. If you look at the Championship now, there's not many teams close to the top six. The league will ebb and flow between now and the end of the season. We know it's going to be a tough game."

One to watch - Britt Assombalonga

A player who needs little introduction to Forest supporters, Britt Assombalonga is expected to lead the Boro frontline on Saturday afternoon.

The 25-year-old has hit four goals this season to be Middlesbrough's top scorer and he will be the one to watch out for at the Riverside Stadium.

Head to head

Forest wins - 27
Middlesbrough wins - 24
Draws - 32

Last time out - Middlesbrough 2-0 Forest (Saturday 7th April, 2018 - Sky Bet Championship)


Tickets can be purchased on arrival at the Riverside Stadium from the visitors' centre, cash only, with no price increase on the day. Supporters who have pre-booked tickets will also be able to collect from the visitors' centre. 

Full ticket information can be found here.


There will be a live broadcast of the match on iFollow Forest for international subscribers, while audio commentary provided by BBC Radio Nottingham will also be available.

Full coverage of the game will also be 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:

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

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