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Match preview: Forest vs Bristol City

18 January 2019

Martin O'Neill returns to the club in his first game as Nottingham Forest manager as Bristol City visit The City Ground tomorrow (kick-off 3pm).

The legendary midfielder was appointed earlier this week and there will be a passionate atmosphere at a sold-out City Ground.

Bristol City arrive in fine form however, unbeaten in their last 10 outings and will provide The Reds with a stern test.

Team news

Yohan Benalouane could be involved for the first time having completed his move to The Reds earlier today, while there are question marks surrounding the fitness of Tobias Figueiredo.

Danny Fox and Tendayi Darikwa are both suspended following their red cards against Reading but Michael Hefele remains ruled out.

From the Forest camp

The opposition view

Bristol City assistant manager Dean Holden is expecting an incredible atmosphere at The City Ground on Saturday afternoon for Martin O'Neill's first game in charge.

He said: "We're really looking forward to the game at The City Ground this weekend.

"They have appointed a club legend and it's going to make for a fantastic atmosphere. Martin was part of the 1970's European cup-winning team.

"Younger generations will know him as a manager and a TV pundit but he was an incredible player for Nottingham Forest. I'm sure their supporters will be delighted to have him back but our fans will play their part in an incredible atmosphere."

One to watch - Famara Diedhiou

Bristol City's top scorer this season, Famara Diedhiou is set to lead the line again for The Robins on Saturday afternoon.

The Senegalese striker has hit seven goals this season and will be hoping to add to his tally at The City Ground.

Head to head

Forest wins - 39
Bristol City wins - 19
Draws - 32


There will be a sold-out City Ground on Saturday, with supporters snapping up all available tickets for the game.

Bring your scarves

Nottingham Forest would like to see as many Forest scarves (old or new) as possible raised for Martin O'Neill's first Mull of Kintyre as manager.

As the famous song begins at The City Ground, supporters are encouraged to raise their scarves and show their support for The Reds and the new manager on his return to the club.


International subscribers will be able to watch the game live on iFollow Forest, with audio commentary provided by BBC Radio Nottingham also available.

There will be full 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:

Norwich vs Birmingham (Friday, 7.45pm)
Aston Villa vs Hull
Blackburn vs Ipswich
Derby vs Reading
Middlesbrough vs Millwall
QPR vs Preston
Rotherham vs Brentford
Sheffield Wednesday vs Wigan
Stoke vs Leeds
Swansea vs Sheffield United (5.30pm)
Bolton vs West Brom (Monday, 8pm)

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