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Match preview: Brentford vs Forest

1 September 2018

After their Carabao Cup exploits in midweek, Nottingham Forest return to league action this a with a trip to face Brentford at Griffin Park (kick-off 3pm).

The Reds will be looking to carry on their unbeaten start to the season and will be buoyed by their triumph over Premier League side Newcastle on Wednesday night.

The clash with The Bees is the final one before the international break and Aitor Karanka's men will be aiming to go into that with all three points.

Team news

Jack Colback is available again after being ineligible to face his parent club Newcastle in midweek, but Liam Bridcutt will be hoping to retain his place in the side after an impressive performance against The Magpies.

There is also plenty of competition in defence with Michael Hefele picking up the man of the match award having come into the side for Tobias Figueiredo and Lewis Grabban and Joe Lolley will also hope to be involved following their knocks.

But there are still question marks around the fitness of Hillal Soudani, Michael Dawson and Adlene Guedioura, with Sam Byram ruled out following his injury against Newcastle.

From the Forest camp

See below for the pre-match views of Aitor Karanka and Jack Colback.

The Brentford view

Brentford boss Dean Smith is expecting an attractive game of football when Nottingham Forest visit Griffin Park tomorrow.

Smith says the fact that his side played on Tuesday while Forest played on Wednesday in midweek won't give The Bees much advantage but he is expecting a tough match.

He said: "We know Nottingham Forest are a good team. They recruited well in the summer, spent a bit of money so I don't think it's a surprise that they have had a good start to the season.

"They have a very good manager who has got out of the league before so we know we are in for a tough game. 

"This season we have seen that there will be a lot of Tuesday-Wednesday games with an even split, so we will certainly get used to that. We are looking forward to the game, we played well against Cheltenham on Tuesday night with seven changes ourselves and we are looking forward to a good game against Forest.

"They are certainly comfortable on the football and like to pass it so it will be an attractive game of football for the purists to come and watch. I think there will be a lot of chances as there has been a lot of goals in their games so far.

"They came back last Saturday against Birmingham City and they scored another three goals against Newcastle so there are certainly goals in both teams and it is a game I expect both teams to set out to go and win."

One to watch - Ollie Watkins

Attacking midfielder Ollie Watkins impressed in his debut Championship season last year, scoring 11 times and chipping in five assists in a good campaign for The Bees.

The Exeter academy graduate drew plenty of attention from Premier League clubs during the summer but remained at Griffin Park and he will be a key player for them going forward.

Head to head

Forest wins - 10
Brentford wins - 11
Draws - 8

Last visit - Brentford 3-4 Forest (Saturday 12th August, 2017 - Sky Bet Championship)


The club's full allocation of 1,660 tickets has sold out and no further tickets will be made available.


International subscribers to iFollow Forest will be able to watch the action live, while audio commentary provided by BBC Radio Nottingham will be available.

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

Other fixtures

All fixtures to be played at 3pm on Saturday unless otherwise stated:

Leeds 0-0 Middlesbrough
Birmingham v QPR
Hull v Derby
Preston v Bolton
Reading v Sheffield Wednesday
Sheffield United v Aston Villa
West Brom v Stoke
Wigan v Rotherham
Millwall v Swansea (5.30pm)
Ipswich v Norwich (Sunday, 12pm)
Bristol City v Blackburn (Sunday, 1.30pm)

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