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Match preview: Forest vs Barnsley in association with Football Index

20 September 2019

Check out all you need to know ahead of the clash at The City Ground between Nottingham Forest and Barnsley in the match preview, in association with Football Index.

Nottingham Forest return home to The City Ground with Barnsley the visitors as The Reds look to continue their fine form in front of a capacity crowd tomorrow (kick-off 3pm).

Forest are on an eight-match unbeaten run and go into the game off the back of a fine 1-0 victory away to league leaders Swansea City last weekend. They will be looking to follow that up with another three points on Saturday and secure back-to-back league wins for the first time this season.

Barnsley have had a tough start to life back in the Championship following their promotion last season. The opening day victory over Fulham is their only one to date but they are an improving side and will pose a strong test on Trentside.

Brian Clough

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Brian Clough celebration on Saturday

18 September 2019

Today (Friday) marks 15 years since the club's legendary manager passed away, therefore the club are encouraging supporters to join in with a day of celebration at Saturday's game.

On the 15th minute, there will be an image of Brian Clough on the big screens and the club are encouraging supporters to hold a minutes’ applause.

Supporters are also encouraged to pay their own tributes, by wearing their own Clough memorabilia such as his iconic green jumper, Clough t-shirts, scarves and bringing their flags.


Team news

There are no fresh injury concerns for Forest as they get ready to face Barnsley.

Rafa Mir remains sidelined through injury but Sabri Lamouchi hopes he will return next week. Ryan Yates is also nearing a return to action, but is more likely to need a couple of extra weeks.

Carl Jenkinson, Tendayi Darikwa, Yohan Benalouane and Michael Hefele all remain longer-term absentees. 

Forest thoughts

Head to head

  Forest wins Draws Barnsley wins
League 29 21 28
FA Cup 1 1 1
Total 30 22 29

Last time out

From the opposition

Barnsley assistant manager Chris Stern has been encouraged by The Tykes' development as a team in recent weeks and wants to see more of it at The City Ground tomorrow.


He said: “We started well at Wigan; we had a good game considering the number of players we had out. Then, during the international break we worked hard as a team. The performance and intensity from the Leeds game is the standard we need to have every week. We can definitely say from those last two matches that we have our Barnsley team back.

“We are pleased with the performances, we came close to grabbing a point and maybe even winning against one of the best sides in the league, so this makes us confident and we need to carry on playing like we are doing.

“They are statement team. They are a proper Championship club that have had some great results recently. They beat Swansea 1-0 last weekend, so it’s going to hard for us to travel to Nottingham, but we are confident in our own ourselves. They are on a good run; however, we want to win again, and we are looking forward to a good game.”


The man in the middle on Saturday will be Jarred Gillett, an Australian official in his debut season in English football.

Gillett has taken charge of five matches so far this season, showing 19 yellow cards, and this will be his first time officiating a Forest match.

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Tickets news

Tickets for home supporters have sold out, with over 29,000 fans set to back The Reds.

The only remaining way to watch Saturday's game against Barnsley is by purchasing a Legends' Lounge package, priced at £60 (+VAT) for adults and £40 (+VAT) for 4-15-year-olds. To book a package, please call 0115 982 4450.

Full information can be found here.


International subscribers to iFollow Forest can watch the match live, with audio commentary provided by BBC Radio Nottingham also available.

There willalso be full coverage 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:

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

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