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Match preview: Forest vs Derby in association with Football Index

8 November 2019

Check out all you need to know ahead of the big East Midlands derby at The City Ground between Nottingham Forest and Derby County in the match preview, in association with Football Index.

Nottingham Forest welcome Derby County to The City Ground on Saturday as they look to make it back to back wins and climb further up the Championship league table (kick-off 12.30pm).

This will be the second time the sides have met this season as The Reds have already picked up a memorable 3-0 victory over The Rams back in August in the second round of the Carabao Cup. 

After suffering a turbulent run of results in October, Derby have settled into the new month well as they picked up a 2-0 win over Middlesbrough last Saturday. The Rams will be looking to build on that this weekend and spoil The Reds’ recent derby-day fun.

Fixture News

Matchday information: Forest vs Derby County

8 November 2019

Derby have failed to score against Forest in the sides’ last four meetings as two of the ties have ended in stalemate and the most recent two have gone in The Reds’ favour. Whereas Forest have put four past their East Midlands rivals in the past nine months and with Lewis Grabban firing home the goals this season they’ll be looking to add to their impressive tally.

Team news

Michael Dawson is available for selection having returned from his injury which has kept him sidelined, while Yohan Benalouane and Michael Hefele have both returned to training but Saturday's game will be too soon for them.

Carl Jenkinson has also stepped up his recovery, returning to the training pitch this week, with Alfa Semedo and Samba Sow still on the treatment table.

Forest thoughts

Head to head

  Forest wins Draws Derby wins
League 37 24 33
FA Cup 2 2 4
League Cup 2 0 0
Total 41 26 37

Last time out


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From the opposition

Derby County manager Phillip Cocu states that there’s ‘no better time’ for his side to begin a positive run of results on the road than against The Reds on Saturday.


He said: “It would be a great place to get a result in an away game. Our first focus was to get a win against Middlesbrough to prepare ourselves for this game.

“We knew it was an important game for us and the team, but now we know we have to get a result in an away game. It will be a tough match but a very good place to get a good result.”


Nottingham Forest will pay tribute to all those who lost their lives in conflict ahead of Saturday's East Midlands derby at The City Ground.

The front cover of the matchday programme (pictured below) has been specifically designed to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice and a percentage of the proceeds from sales of the programme will be donated straight to the Royal British Legion.
Before kick-off there will be a performance of the Last Post from the military band while both sets of players will be sporting the poppy on the front of their shirts for the game itself.
Poppy sellers from the Royal British Legion will be based around the stadium ahead of the game, along with members of the military, so supporters are asked to give generously as we remember those who fought so bravely.

Food bank collection

Supporters can once again make a big difference by helping Hope Nottingham with their food bank collection before the game.

Based next to the Family Red Zone behind the Brian Clough Stand from 10.30am, supporters can donate items to help those in need across Nottingham. Click here for further information.



Darren England will take charge of Saturday's game, his third Forest match of the season having refereed the opening game against West Brom and the Carabao Cup tie at Arsenal.

England has officiated 12 games so far this season, including Derby's 1-1 draw with Cardiff, and has shown 21 yellow cards. 

Tickets and travel

Tickets for Saturday's game have SOLD OUT. There are no further tickets available with all hospitality packages also sold out.

Making your way to The City Ground by car, bus or train? Check out our travel guide to make your journey a smooth one.

Club News

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

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

Other fixtures

To be played at 3pm on Saturday unless otherwise stated:

Barnsley vs Stoke City
Birmingham City vs Fulham
Hull City vs West Bromwich Albion
Leeds United vs Blackburn Rovers     
Millwall vs Charlton Athletic
Preston North End vs Huddersfield Town
Queens Park Rangers vs Middlesbrough
Reading vs Luton Town
Sheffield Wednesday vs Swansea City
Wigan Athletic vs Brentford
Cardiff City vs Bristol City (Sunday, 12pm)

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