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Match preview: Cardiff vs Forest in association with Football Index

25 February 2020

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

Nottingham Forest are back in action on Tuesday night as they travel to South Wales to take on Cardiff City at the Cardiff City Stadium (kick-off 7.45pm).

The Reds will be looking to return to winning ways having gone three games without a victory and secure their first win on the road since the victory over Brentford.

Sabri Lamouchi's men kept a clean sheet in the draw against QPR on the weekend, and he will be hoping for a similarly tight rearguard against The Bluebirds.

Neil Harris's side have been resurgent in recent weeks, with a seven-game unbeaten league run coming to an end on the weekend against Stoke City, and they will be hoping to keep up their form with a late run for the play-offs.

Team news

There are question marks over the fitness of Samba Sow (knee), Sammy Ameobi (hip) and Lewis Grabban (knee), while Nuno da Costa (adductor) continues to be absent through injury.

Forest thoughts

Head to head

  Forest wins Draws Cardiff wins
League 13 11 29
FA Cup 1 0 1
Total 14 11 30

From the opposition

Cardiff manager Neil Harris was extremely disappointed with his side's defeat against Stoke City on the weekend and wants to see a reaction from his side against Forest.


He said: “We have to make sure that this game was a one-off. When you play again so soon, especially against a team just above you in the division, it’s important to put things right. It will be a great game against Forest.

“If we’re serious about the play-offs we have to beat the teams around us. With two huge games in four days next week, it’s a huge chance for us. I’m looking forward to Tuesday night, and seeing how my team responds.”

Tickets and travel

Tickets will be able to purchase from the Nottingham Forest ticket office until 12pm on Tuesday, with collections available until then also.

Supporters will also be able to collect tickets/duplicate tickets from the away ticket office, adjacent to the away turnstiles, at the Cardiff City Stadium from 6.30pm on Tuesday. There will be tickets available to purchase on the day from the stadium, cash-only.

Full ticket information can be found here.


Stephen Martin will be the referee in charge of Tuesday night's match. Martin, from Staffordshire, has shown 67 yellow and two red cards in his 28 games so far this season.

He has taken charge of two Forest games in 2019-20, both away from home - the 1-1 draw away at Blackburn and the 4-0 victory over Queens Park Rangers. 

Ticket News

Tickets: Millwall (H)

5 March 2020


The match will be shown live on Sky Sports, therefore there will be no live broadcast via iFollow Forest. Audio commentary provided by BBC Radio Nottingham will be available, however.

There will also 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 7.45pm unless otherwise stated:


Huddersfield vs Bristol City
Luton vs Brentford
QPR vs Derby
West Brom vs Preston (8pm)


Blackburn vs Stoke
Fulham vs Swansea
Hull vs Barnsley
Middlesbrough vs Leeds
Millwall vs Birmingham
Sheffield Wednesday vs Charlton
Reading vs Wigan (8pm)

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