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Match preview: Birmingham vs Forest

1 February 2019

Nottingham Forest have a first win at St Andrew's since 2015 in their sights on Saturday as they take on Birmingham City (kick-off 3pm).

The Reds enjoyed a morale-boosting 3-1 victory over Wigan Athletic at The City Ground last weekend and the target now is to get their away form back on track and close the gap to the Sky Bet Championship play-off places.

Garry Monk's resilient Birmingham side picked up a creditable 3-3 draw at Swansea on Tuesday night despite playing the entire second half with ten men and will be tough opposition for Martin O'Neill's men this weekend.

Team news

Tendayi Darikwa serves the last match of his suspension while Jack Colback is also banned following his 10th booking of the campaign last weekend. Michael Dawson (hamstring), Michael Hefele (Achilles), Tobias Figueiredo (leg) and Sam Byram (knee) are all out.

Kristian Pedersen will be forced to miss the game for Birmingham after being suspended for one match following his sending off at Swansea on Tuesday evening. Marc Roberts (calf) and Charlie Lakin (thigh) are unavailable.

From the Forest camp

Martin O'Neill: "It will be a really tough game. I've watched the Championship from a distance for some considerable time and I think they've done exceptionally well.

"They fought back at Swansea on Tuesday night with only ten men and they have shown tremendous grit and determination throughout the season so it will be a difficult task for us, as it always is at Birmingham."

The opposition view

Birmingham manager Garry Monk is looking forward to an exciting clash against Forest and is hoping to see his side build on Tuesday's 3-3 draw at Swansea City.

He said: "Right from the summer, up to now with the players they have signed in this window as well, it’s a squad that has been built for promotion. That’s their intention, that’s what they have to try and achieve.

"It’s one of those games again where we are going to have to pit our wits against that type of squad and quality. We have done that pretty well overall with similar teams that have been built for promotion.

"We also want to make sure we can build on Tuesday and try and put a run together gathering points in consecutive games."

One to watch - Che Adams

Che Adams is one of the Championship's leading goalscorers with 15 strikes to his name and has found the net in Blues' last three matches against Middlesbrough, Norwich and Swansea.

Head to head

Forest wins - 42
Birmingham wins - 39
Draws - 34

Last time out: Forest 2-2 Birmingham (Saturday 25th August 2018 - Sky Bet Championship)

Tickets

Nottingham Forest supporters have snapped up all 3,100 tickets for this game, with no further tickets being made available.

Supporters collecting tickets, or duplicates, can do so from 2pm from the away turnstiles.

Coverage

International subscribers to iFollow Forest can watch the full match live, while domestic subscribers will be able to listen to the action with audio commentary provided by BBC Radio Nottingham.

There will also be coverage of the game 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:

Preston vs Derby (Friday, 7.45pm)
Brentford vs Blackburn
Bristol City vs Swansea
Hull vs Stoke
Ipswich vs Sheffield Wednesday
Millwall vs Rotherham
Reading vs Aston Villa
Sheffield United vs Bolton
West Brom vs Middlesbrough
Wigan vs QPR
Leeds vs Norwich (Saturday, 5.30pm)


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