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Match preview: Forest vs Brentford

8 February 2019

Nottingham Forest will be looking to reignite their play-off push on Saturday afternoon as Brentford visit The City Ground (kick-off 3pm).

The Reds defeated Wigan Athletic on their last outing on Trentside but a loss against Birmingham last weekend set them back in their pursuit of the top six.

Now a rejuvenated Brentford side visit looking to continue their strong form and will provide a stern test for Martin O'Neill's men.

Team news

Yohan Benalouane is suspended for this match following his red card at St Andrew's, joining Jack Colback who serves the second game of his two-match ban.

Tendayi Darikwa is available again, however, after completing his three-game ban and he could return to the starting line-up, while new signings Leo Bonatini, Alex Milosevic, Pele and Molla Wague will be hoping for home debuts. 

Michael Dawson, Michael Hefele, Tobias Figueiredo, Sam Byram and Hillal Soudani remain on the treatment table. 

From the Forest camp

The opposition view

Brentford head coach Thomas Frank knows his side must be aware of the threat posed by Forest as they visit The City Ground this weekend.

The Bees are on a 10-game unbeaten run in all competitions and Frank wants his team to remain focused on continuing their form.

He said: "We need to be aware because we worked so hard to get out of the bad run. All of us are enjoying the moment but we need to continue and do whatever we can to put good performances in every single day.

"That comes from focusing on the next day's training or the next game. We know we can continue but it is up to us to maintain the high standards we have had so far.

"Nottingham Forest are a top club, one of the biggest in the country with a well-known history. We know they have big ambitions to go to the Premier League and went to Martin O'Neill who is a legend in this country as a manager and as a player.

"They will do everything they can to push for the play-offs and we have respect for them. We know it is going to be another big test for us in this run we are on.

"We know they are going to push so hard and we are going to push so hard too. They are still a very good football side, they want to dominate the play and they are putting more crosses into the box and that fits in with us being more aware of the defensive side of the game."

One to watch - Neal Maupay

The French forward has been prolific for The Bees so far this season, hitting his 20th goal in all competitions in the midweek FA Cup victory over Barnet. 

Head to head

Forest wins - 10
Brentford wins - 12
Draws - 8

Tickets

Tickets are extremely limited for Saturday's game at The City Ground, with large areas of the ground already sold out and single seats only remaining in most areas.

Full ticket details can be found here.

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:

Aston Villa vs Sheffield Uniteed (Friday, 7.45pm)
Middlesbrough vs Leeds (1pm)
Blackburn vs Bristol City
Bolton vs Preston
Derby vs Hull
QPR vs Birmingham
Rotherham vs Wigan
Sheffield Wednesday vs Reading
Swansea vs Millwall
Stoke vs West Brom (5.30pm)
Norwich vs Ipswich (Sunday, 12pm)


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