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Match preview: Preston vs Forest

15 February 2019

Nottingham Forest visit Deepdale on Saturday as they look to build some momentum against Preston North End (kick-off 3pm).

The Reds defeated Brentford at The City Ground last weekend before beind denied late on to draw against West Brom in midweek, and Martin O'Neill's men will be looking to build a good run of form heading towards the tail end of the season.

Preston struggled in the first half of the campaign but Alex Neil's side appear to have turned a corner with a six-game unbeaten run which included a victory against Norwich on Wednesday night.

Team news

Matty Cash remains sidelined for The Reds as he continues to sit out with an achilles problem, while Molla Wague remains doubtful as he gets up to match sharpness.

Otherwise there are no fresh injury concerns for Martin O'Neill ahead of the trip to Deepdale.

From the Forest camp

The opposition view

Preston boss Alex Neil is expecting a difficult challenge against a rejuvenated Forest side at Deepdale tomorrow.

He said: "They are a different type of team to what they were earlier in the season.

"Martin – from the games I have watched and bearing in mind they were against West Brom and Brentford, who are two very expansive teams – has them really structured, getting in their shape, playing from their shape, closing the lines off and then hitting you on the counter.

"They can come and approach the game in any which way that they want and they have the players to do so. They have Lewis [Grabban] up top; they have [Daryl] Murphy if they want a target man and they have a lot of players in the middle of the pitch who have played in the Premier League for the majority of their careers.

"It is going to be a tough match for us. We will have to perform at our very best levels in order to win the game and also to try and keep this run going, because it has been a really good run for us."

One to watch - Alan Browne

It has been a fine season for Alan Browne, with the midfielder scoring 11 times and he will be a key figure once again for North End this weekend.

Head-to-head

Forest wins - 32
Preston wins - 42
Draws - 28

Tickets

Tickets are still available with another strong following set to back The Reds on the road and tickets can be purchased on arrival at Deepdale. Full details can be found here

Coverage

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

There will also be full coverage 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:

Rotherham vs Sheffield Wednesday (1pm)
Aston Villa vs West Brom
Bolton vs Norwich
Ipswich vs Stoke
Sheffield United vs Reading
Blackburn vs Middlesbrough (Sunday, 1pm)


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