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Match preview: Ipswich vs Forest

15 March 2019

Nottingham Forest will be aiming to head into the international break with all three points as they travel to Portman Road to face Ipswich Town tomorrow (kick-off 3pm).

The Reds will be looking to do the double over The Tractor Boys after the 2-0 victory back in December and will be looking to keep their play-off push going with victory.

Ipswich have had a tough season and find themselves rooted to the bottom of the table, but away points at West Brom and Bristol City will have boosted their confidence ahead of Saturday's game.

Team news

Lewis Grabban is set to miss out again through injury, with the forward set to return following the international break. Matty Cash could be involved though following his absence through injury and Jack Robinson is also available after he completed his suspension.

From the Forest camp

The opposition view

Paul Lambert is looking forward to welcoming Roy Keane and the man he still calls 'gaffer' to Portman Road when Town take on Nottingham Forest at the weekend.

The Ipswich boss played under Martin O'Neill for five years at Celtic and worked alongside Keane in their time together at Aston Villa, as well as going head to head in Champions League action as players.

Speaking to Ipswich's official website, he said: "I played against Roy for Dortmund against Man United in the Champions League and he was a fantastic footballer. We have a lot of respect between the two of us and have stayed in touch and I'm looking forward to seeing him.

"We had some laughs at Villa together. We had some good times there. He is unfairly spoken about sometimes because he's a good guy. He's a real football person, he loves the game - but he's a good guy as well. It will be great to see him.

"I'm looking forward to seeing the gaffer as well. I still call him that, I probably will tomorrow!

"We had a fantastic five years with him in charge at Celtic. We needed someone like him to come in and galvanise the club and he did that. It was a special time in my career.

"I've got so much respect for him, not just for what he achieved as a manager but as a player as well."

One to watch - Gwion Edwards

A regular performer for Ipswich this season, Gwion Edwards has chipped in with five goals and the midfielder is likely to be Town's creative influence on Saturday.

Head to head

Forest wins - 38
Ipswich wins - 22
Draws - 18

Last time out - Forest 2-0 Ipswich (Saturday 1st December, 2018 - Sky Bet Championship)

Tickets

There is set to be a strong following at Portman Road, with over 1,600 Reds fans making the trip. Tickets will be available on the day - full details can be found here

Coverage

The match will be broadcast live on iFollow Forest for international subscribers, with audio commentary provided by BBC Radio Nottingham also available.

The club's official social media channels will have full coverage of the game, with match updates also provided in the Match Centre

Other fixtures

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

Leeds vs Sheffield United (12.30pm)
Aston Villa vs Middlesbrough
Brentford vs West Brom
Hull vs QPR
Preston vs Birmingham
Rotherham vs Norwich
Sheffield Wednesday vs Blackburn
Stoke vs Reading
Wigan vs Bolton


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