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Match preview: Forest vs Swansea

29 March 2019

The international break is over and Nottingham Forest return to action on Saturday afternoon against Swansea City at The City Ground (kick-off 3pm).

The final push for the play-offs begins this weekend as The Reds go in hunt of that top-six spot with just eight games of the Championship season remaining.

Swansea visit Trentside for the first time since 2011 and will be looking to end their campaign on a high, just as Martin O'Neill's men will be in front of another packed-out City Ground crowd.

Team news

Lewis Grabban is available for selection having recovered from his injury and Matty Cash will also be pushing for a starting spot having made his comeback at Ipswich prior to the international break.

Tobias Figueiredo and Sam Byram are both back in training but Saturday's game may come too soon for their return. 

From the Forest camp

The opposition view

Manager Graham Potter wants Swansea City to start turning postive performances into points as they head to face Nottingham Forest. 

He said: "I think we have been performing well, and in terms of how we have trained the boys have been in good spirits, the mood has been good and it has been of a high quality.

"Obviously when you lose games it is not always like that, so it is testament to the players and their understanding of what we are trying to do.

"I feel we have made some progress, we have had three defeats but the performances have been good.

"The challenge for us is to turn those performances into results. We are not naive and we know we have to do that. That's where we are at, but there have been some positive signs.

"It's going to be an intense period coming up, 10 games in six weeks, but we cannot worry too much about what might happen in six weeks time, we have to focus on the here and now."

One to watch - Daniel James

One of Welsh football's brightest talents, Daniel James has emerged as a key player for Swansea City this season with his pace and skill on the ball and he will be again at The City Ground this weekend.

Food bank collection

Nottingham Forest have teamed up with local charity Hope Nottingham to create a food bank collection point for this Saturday's game as the club and the charity look to tackle the increasing issue of families within the city of Nottingham living in poverty.

Located in the Family Red Zone on Saturday, the club and the charity are urging supporters to donate food, drinks and toiletries where they can. The collection will be available from 11am to 2pm in the Brian Clough Stand car park. There will be no vehicle access, so supporters are advised to make their donations on foot.

A full list of items required for donation, and more information about the partnership, can be found here.

Kick It Out matchday

Nottingham Forest are delighted to confirm that tomorrow's match against Swansea City has been dedicated to raising awareness of the work done by Kick It Out.

This season marks the 25th anniversary of the organisation as it continues to be at the heart of the drive towards equality, inclusion and cohesion for everyone who plays, watches or works in football.

Click here for more information. 

Head to head

Forest wins - 24
Swansea wins - 23
Draws - 15

Last time out - Swansea 0-0 Forest (Saturday 15th September, 2018 - Sky Bet Championship)

Tickets

Tickets are extremely limited for Saturday's game at The City Ground. Full information can be found here.

Coverage

There will be a live broadcast of the game on iFollow Forest for international subscribers, with audio commentary also available.

The club's official social media channels will have full coverage of the game, as will the Match Centre.

Other fixtures

All fixtures to be played at 3pm on Saturday unless otherwise stated:

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


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