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Match preview: Forest vs Birmingham in association with Football Index

24 December 2020

Check out all you need to know ahead of Nottingham Forest's Boxing Day clash against Birmingham City at The City Ground in the match preview, in association with Football Index.

Nottingham Forest will be looking to maintain their upturn in form when Birmingham City visit The City Ground on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

The Reds picked up four points from their games against Sheffield Wednesday and Millwall and will be hoping to add another three when Blues arrive on Trentside.

Birmingham have had an indifferent season, coming into the game in 17th place and off the back of three straight defeats.

Team news

Click here for the latest team news from the Nottingham Forest dressing room.

Forest thoughts


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From the opposition

Birmingham head coach Aitor Karanka said it is difficult to understand his side's inconsistent form, after victories over Reading and Bristol City followed three straight defeats.


He said: “The most difficult thing for me to deal with is how different we were a week or two ago to now. I have to face [this problem] as soon as possible because if we keep going in the same way we won’t be a consistent team.

“The players need to realise [that], as it will be concerning that we have played good games. We have recently beaten two play-off teams, so we need to always play in the same way and forget about what might have happened in the past.”

Live on iFollow Forest

The full 90 minutes of the Boxing Day game against Birmingham City is available to watch live on iFollow Forest.

Season card holders who selected option 1 will have full access to the game via their log in, while other supporters can purchase a match pass for £10 (£7 for overseas supporters).

Click here to purchase your match pass now.


Matchday programme

The Boxing Day edition of Forest Review is available to order now!

Featuring all of the regular features and colmunists, make sure you pick up this edition to catch an exclusive interview with Yuri Ribeiro as he discusses his season so far.

You can order individual copies from publishers Ignition Sports Media, or you can subscribe to receive every edition for the rest of the season. Click here to find out more.



Jeremy Simpson will be the referee in charge at The City Ground as he officiates his 11th match of the season. He has shown 28 yellow cards and three red cards in those games.

Simpson, from Lancashire, has taken charge of 11 Forest games in his career, twice against Birmingham, refereeing the 3-1 win on Trentside in October 2016 and the 2-1 defeat at St Andrew's last season.

He will be assisted by Ian Cooper and Bhupinder Gill with David Richardson as fourth official.

Other fixtures

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

Barnsley vs Huddersfield
Blackburn vs Sheffield Wednesday
Bournemouth P-P Millwall
Bristol City vs Wycombe
Cardiff vs Brentford
Coventry vs Stoke
Derby vs Preston
Middlesbrough P-P Rotherham
QPR vs Swansea
Reading vs Luton
Watford vs Norwich (7.45pm)

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