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Match preview: Blackburn vs Forest

28 September 2018

Nottingham Forest get back into league action tomorrow when they make the trip to face Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park (kick-off 3pm).

After a hat-trick of home wins, The Reds go on the road as they look to make it four wins in a row for the first time since August 2014. 

Newly-promoted Blackburn have taken well to life back in the Championship and sit 12th in the table ahead of this weekend's fixtures.

Team news

Hillal Soudani continues to be out through injury while Diogo Goncalves serves the first of a three game suspension following his red card against Stoke on Wednesday.

Aitor Karanka has plenty of other options to choose from, however, with impressive performances from the players who came into the side in midweek.

From the Forest camp

The Blackburn view

Blackburn manager Tony Mowbray is expecting a good test for his side when Nottingham Forest come to town on Saturday.

Speaking to Blackburn's official website, he said: "It's an opportunity and chances for us to pick up points. At Ewood our home record is good and the next visitors for us are Nottingham Forest, a big football club and two-time European champions.

"It's a good test for us, a tough test, but one we should be looking forward to. I'm sure we'll be as competitive as ever.

"This group, as I talk about a lot, their spirit is their biggest strength. We go into every game with expectations to win, but sometimes when the ball gets rolling on the grass teams make you feel that quality.

"It's about how we react to that, our intensity, our decision making. You can have the biggest heart in the world, but when the game starts you need to see if you can deal with the opponent, the heat in the kitchen."

One to watch - Bradley Dack

Last year's League One Player of the Season has taken to life well in the Championship, firing in four goals in his six outings so far. 

After scoring 18 times last season as well, Dack is certainly Rovers' main threat going forward from midfield.

Head to head

Forest wins - 34
Blackburn wins - 52
Draws - 31

Last time out: Forest 0-1 Blackburn (Friday 14th April, 2017 - Sky Bet Championship)


Tickets for tomorrow's game are no longer available from the Nottingham Forest ticket office but can be purchased on arrival (cash only) at Ewood Park.

Full ticket details can be found here

Supporters travelling to Ewood Park by train should be aware of strike action taking place over the weekend which could affect services. Please check train times for delays and cancellations before travelling.

There are also closures on the A50 because of major roadworks, so supporters travelling by car should check their route before setting off.


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

You can also follow the action 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 Leeds (Friday, 7.45pm)
Bristol City vs Aston Villa (Friday, 8pm)
Birmingham vs Ipswich
Bolton vs Derby
Brentford vs Reading
Hull vs Middlesbrough
Millwall vs Sheffield United
Norwich vs Wigan
Preston vs West Brom
Swansea vs QPR
Rotherham vs Stoke (5.30pm)

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