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Match preview: Stoke vs Forest in association with Football Index

27 September 2019

Check out all you need to know ahead of Nottingham Forest's clash with Stoke City with the match preview, in association with Football Index.

Nottingham Forest return to Sky Bet Championship action as they travel to face Stoke City at the bet365 Stadium (kick-off 8pm).

Forest lost out in the Carabao Cup in midweek but will be looking to continue their strong league form, with an unbeaten run stretching seven games and a chance to go top of the table with victory over The Potters.

Club News

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Stoke have had a tough start to the season and await their first victory of the campaign, with the midweek cup exit at the hands of Crawley Town doing their confidence no favours ahead of the clash.

Team news

There are no fresh injury concerns for The Reds ahead of the trip to Stoke. Rafa Mir is not yet fit but could be pushing to be involved on Tuesday against Blackburn.

Forest thoughts

Head to head

  Forest wins Draws Stoke wins
League 41 29 30
League Cup 1 0 0
FA Cup 2 2 1
Total 44 31 31

From the opposition

Stoke City assistant manager, and former Forest manager, Paul Hart believes that Nathan Jones is determined to turn his side's fortunes around ahead of the clash against The Reds.

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He said: “Each individual deals with pressure in different ways and I’m sure Nathan is probably feeling that as well. The biggest pressure he has is the pressure and targets he puts on himself, that’s the type of character he is, because he wants to succeed and that’s what I admire about his attitude.

“It sounds pretty obvious but we can’t dwell on what might happen, we have to concentrate on the next game and try to get a result. That’s our job.

"It appears to me that he is dealing with things pretty well, he is giving everything to the job but he also knows this is a results business and we haven’t won enough football matches this season.

“Winning football matches is clearly what this game is about and our current form is what needs addressing so he has had to stay focussed on the work he has been delivering at the training ground.

“That is what is most important at the moment. Looking back at the Bristol City and Brentford games there has been improvements from the players and the way they want to play."

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Referee

Andy Madley will be the referee on Friday night as he takes charge of his fourth match of the season. Madley has shown nine yellow cards and one red card in his three games so far this season.

He took charge of three Forest games last season, the 2-2 draw at Blackburn, the 2-0 defeat against Chelsea in the FA Cup and the 2-0 reverse against Sheffield United in which Yohan Benalouane was sent off. 

Tickets

Forest will be backed by yet another sold-out crowd as supporters have snapped up all 2,931 tickets available.

Pre-paid tickets and duplicates for tonight's game can be collected from turnstile 55 at the bet365 Stadium from 6.30pm onwards.

Coverage

The game is being broadcast live on Sky Sports, therefore there will be no live feed on iFollow Forest. Audio commentary is available, however, and you can listen to the action unfold wherever you are in the world for just £2.50. Full details can be found here

The easiest way to follow the action is via the club's official app, where you can listen to the action on the go. Download the app here:

iOS - http://apple.co/2hCqABr
Android - http://bit.ly/2wmXtp6

Other fixtures

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

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


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