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Match preview: Forest vs Aston Villa

13 March 2019

The play-off race is heating up as Nottingham Forest welcome Aston Villa to The City Ground in the Sky Bet Championship this evening (kick-off 7.45pm).

A win for Forest, making it back-to-back wins following the victory over Hull on the weekend, could see them climb into the top six if results go their way.

Aston Villa will be in buoyant mood following their derby-day victory against Birmingham and The Villans are far from out of the play-off picture themselves heading into the big game.

Team news

Lewis Grabban is set to miss out again for The Reds as he continues to recover from an Achilles injury, as is Matty Cash with a similar problem.

Jack Robinson serves the second game of this two-match ban with Ben Osborn set to continue at full back.

From the Forest camp

The opposition view

Aston Villa head coach Dean Smith has urged his side to take it one game at a time as they visit The City Ground tonight.

He said: "We are just taking it one game at a time. We have another game against Nottingham Forest to try to get another three points. It is little targets all the time."

Midfielder Conor Hourihane added: "Everyone is going to be saying we have won back-to-back games and given ourselves a chance.

"But we are still a few points off. We need to win as many games as possible and have the mentality of trying to win every game. There is always a team who creeps in. Why can't it be us?

"It won't be easy these next two games. Both Forest and Middlesbrough are fighting for the same thing.

"We need that togetherness and resilience for the next few games."

One to watch - Jack Grealish

Aston Villa's talisman Jack Grealish has returned to the side following injury with good effect, scoring against Derby County and then netting the winner in the victory over Birmingham on the weekend.

Head to head

Forest wins - 37
Aston Villa wins - 58
Draws - 30

Last time out - Aston Villa 5-5 Forest (Wednesday 28th November, 2018 - Sky Bet Championship)


As the match is being shown live on Sky Sports, there will be no live broadcast available on iFollow Forest. Audio commentary of the game, provided by BBC Radio Nottingham, is available, however.

There will also be full coverage via the club's official social media channels and in the Match Centre.


Tickets for the game are extremely limited with another capacity crowd expected for the game. Supporters are encouraged to arrive as early as possible if collecting or upgrading match tickets. Full ticket information can be found here.

Other fixtures

Tuesday's results

Blackburn 3-0 Wigan
Bristol City 1-1 Ipswich
Sheffield United 2-0 Brentford
Bolton 0-2 Sheffield Wednesday
Reading 0-3 Leeds

Wednesday's fixtures (to be played at 7.45pm unless otherwise stated)

Birmingham vs Millwall
Derby vs Stoke
Middlesbrough vs Preston
Norwich vs Hull
QPR vs Rotherham
West Brom vs Swansea (8pm)

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