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Match preview: Forest vs Sheffield Wednesday

19 September 2018

Nottingham Forest kick-off a week of home fixtures when Sheffield Wednesday are the visitors to The City Ground (kick-off 7.45pm).

The Owls visit is the first of three home games in seven days for Aitor Karanka's side who will be looking to build on their positive performance against Swansea City on Saturday.

The Reds are unbeaten at home so far and will be in the hunt for all three points under the lights this evening.

Team news

Daryl Murphy has been ruled out through injury and joins Hillal Soudani and Sam Byram on the treatment table. 

Saidy Janko will hope to keep hold of his place at right back after impressing on debut at the weekend, while there are plenty of options in attack for Aitor Karanka to choose from.

From the Forest camp

See below for the pre-match thoughts of Aitor Karaka.

Owls' opinion

Sheffield Wednesday boss Jos Luhukay wants his side to sure up defensively as they seek to keep their good run going.

The Dutchman knows that his side must find the right balance in keeping it tight at the back while also being a force going forward.

He said: "It is the balance we must find. We must first have the stability. When you have the stability and balance, you can keep clean sheets. We must find the best way in both directions to try and come to success.

"We have respect for every opponent but we must believe in ourselves and each other and how we like to play.

"We like to play more offensively to create chances and hopefully score a lot of goals but I know that is not always possible.

"When I see our last two games, we were fantastic away at Reading with the chances we created and the goals we scored. Saturday was very difficult but the team found real character to come back in the game."

One to watch - Barry Bannan

A talismanic figure at the heart of the Sheffield Wednesday midfield, Barry Bannan has proved his worth again this season with late equaliser against Stoke City on the weekend. 

The diminutive Scottish international provides plenty of creativity and will be key to The Owls' play tonight.

Head to head

Forest wins - 53
Sheffield Wednesday wins - 62
Draws - 27


There is a limited availability in some areas of The City Ground ahead of tonight's game, and supporters are urged to arrive as early as possible if collecting their match tickets.

Full ticket information can be found here


Tonight's game is the first Forest game to be streamed online to domestic iFollow Forest subscribers, with the match available to purchase for £10. 

International subscribers can also watch the match as part of their usual subscription, while audio commentary will also be available.

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

Other fixtures

Tuesday night's results:

Aston Villa 2-0 Rotherham
Derby 0-0 Blackburn 
Ipswich 1-1 Brentford
Leeds 3-0 Preston
West Brom 4-2 Bristol City 
Wigan 2-1 Hull

Wednesday night's fixtures (kick-off 7.45pm unless otherwise stated):

Middlesbrough v Bolton
Reading v Norwich (8pm)
Sheffield United v Birmingham

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