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Match preview: Forest vs Reading in association with Football Index

25 October 2019

Check out all you need to know ahead of Saturday's big game at The City Ground between Nottingham Forest and Reading in the match preview, in association with Football Index.

Nottingham Forest will be looking to bounce back against Reading on Saturday and return to winning ways after their defeat in midweek.

Sabri Lamouchi will be looking for a positive reaction from his side as The Royals come to town, but Reading will be looking to continue their upward curve under new manager Mark Bowen after they picked up four points from games against Preston and QPR.

Team news

Michael Dawson is unlikely to feature again but Sabri Lamouchi hopes he will return next week. Other injured players Samba Sow and Alfa Semedo also remain sidelined. 

Forest thoughts

Head to head

  Forest wins Draws Reading wins
League 18 9 15
FA Cup 2 1 0
Total 20 10 15

Last visit


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From the opposition 

Reading boss Mark Bowen is looking for his side to continue ticking over and picking up points as they get set to travel to The City Ground.


He said: “It doesn’t get any easier – but that’s why we’re here. This is the brutality of this league; no hiding place and no rest-up. You have to wipe yourselves down and go again, and I know these guys will do.

“The main thing since I’ve stepped into this role is that every one of the players wants to improve and every one of them wants to do well for the club.

“They all want to get further up the table, and to fight for each other. What a fantastic situation for me to inherit a group like that.

“It is a hard, long season. You have to grind out games and keep putting points on the board.

“We can take enormous confidence from the last two games into our trip this weekend. We’ll recover after QPR, as you have to in this league, and we’ll be ready for Nottingham Forest on Saturday.”

Ticket News

Ticket information for Forest vs Reading

24 October 2019


Geoff Eltringham will take charge of Saturday's game at The City Ground, his second Forest game of the season. He also refereed Forest's 1-1 draw with Preston on Trentside back in August. 

He took charge of two Reds games last season, both away from home and both ending in draws against Wigan and Leeds. 

Tickets and travel

Tickets are limited across all areas of the ground, with another big crowd set to watch the action on Trentside. Full ticket information can be found here.

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

Matchday offer in the Megastore

Make sure you take advantage of an exclusive matchday offer in the Forest Megastore, with 20 per cent of the 2019-20 home shirt for one day only.


Club News

Play the half-time draw and help Forest Women

25 October 2019


Supporters can listen to the action live on iFollow Forest with commentary provided by BBC Radio Nottingham, while international subscribers can watch the match live.

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:

Sheffield Wednesday vs Leeds (12.30pm)
Birmingham vs Luton
Huddersfield vs Barnsley
Hull vs Derby
Middlesbrough vs Fulham
Millwall vs Stoke
Preston vs Blackburn
West Brom vs Charlton
Swansea vs Cardiff (Sunday, 12pm)
Bristol City vs Wigan (Sunday, 1.30pm)
QPR vs Brentford (Monday, 7.45pm)

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