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Match preview: Forest vs Stoke

26 September 2018

Nottingham Forest entertain Stoke City in tonight's Carabao Cup third-round tie at The City Ground as The Reds look to make it three wins in a week.

After victories over Sheffield Wednesday and Rotherham in the league, attentions now turn to the cup as Forest look to progress to the fourth round for the first time since the 2004-05 season.

Team news

Aitor Karanka has hinted that there could be changes to his side with this being the fourth match in ten days.

Liam Bridcutt could be in line for his second appearance of the season and new signings Claudio Yacob and Panagiotis Tachtsidis could be involved for the first time.

Karanka's thoughts

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

From the opposition

Stoke boss Gary Rowett said that he will be making changes to his side, but that it will still be a strong line-up at The City Ground.

Speaking at yesterday's press conference, he said: "Listen, I will be fielding a very strong side, and people will see that when the team is announced tomorrow evening.

"But there are going to be one or two opportunities for some of the lads to possibly come in and show me what they are capable of at this level.

"The three that immediately spring to mind are Harry Souttar, Tom Edwards and Tyrese Campbell, and I am sure that the three of them will be part of it on Wednesday.

"The three of them have been knocking on the door and this is probably an opportunity to involve them and see where they are at in terms of their development.

"It is clear that they are all talented youngsters, but the next step for them is to try and make an impact at first-team level."

One to watch - Benik Afobe

The frontman is Stoke's top scorer this season and should be keep his place in the side tonight, he will certainly be The Potters' main goalscoring threat.

The former Arsenal and Bournemouth man helped fire Wolves to promotion last season and he will be hoping to be among the goals again in this campaign.

Head to head

Forest wins - 43
Stoke wins - 30
Draws - 30

Last time out - Forest 1-0 Stoke (Saturday 1st January, 2005 - Championship)


Tickets are still available for tonight's game but supporters are advised to arrive early when collecting or purchasing match tickets to avoid queues and prevent other fans from missing kick-off.

Full ticket details can be found here.


Due to broadcasting restrictions, there will be no live stream of tonight's game on iFollow Forest, however, audio commentary provided by BBC Radio Nottingham will be available.

You can also follow the match via the club's official social media channels and in the Match Centre.

Other third-round ties

Tuesday's results

Blackpool 2-0 QPR
Bournemouth 3-2 Blackburn
Burton 2-1 Burnley
Man Utd 2-2 Derby (7-8 on penalties)
Millwall 1-3 Fulham
Oxford 0-3 Man City
Preston 2-2 Middlesbrough (3-4 on penalties)
West Brom 0-3 Crystal Palace
Wolves 0-0 Leicester (1-3 on penalties)
Wycombe 3-4 Norwich

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

Arsenal vs Brentford
Liverpool vs Chelsea
Tottenham vs Watford (8pm)
West Ham vs Macclesfield

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