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Match preview: Forest vs Reading in association with Football Index

22 January 2020

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

Nottingham Forest are back at The City Ground tonight as they take on Reading in another big Championship game (kick-off 7.45pm).

The Reds could climb up to third in the table with a victory as they look to make the most of their game in hand over the rest of the sides in the promotion picture.

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The two sides met just 11 days ago at the Madejski Stadium, with the match ending in a draw following a thrilling end, and Forest will be looking to secure all three points this time around. 

Team news

New signing Adama Diakhaby could be involved for the first time having joined on loan from Huddersfield yesterday. 

Tobias Figueiredo could also make a return having missed the win over Luton through injury, but Michael Dawson is on hand to deputise once again.

Forest thoughts

Head to head

  Forest wins Draws Reading wins
League 18 10 15
FA Cup 2 1 0
Total 20 11 15

Last time out


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From the opposition

Reading manager Mark Bowen wants his side to bounce back after they lost for the first time in nine games against Millwall on the weekend.


“We’ve been on a good run; it’s about how we bounce back," he said. "I told the guys in the dressing room after Millwall: that’s the measure of us.

“We’ve got a big game again on Wednesday against Nottingham Forest and it’s about how we bounce back from that.

“In our first game against Forest, we were a bit quiet in the first half, and then dominated the game in the second half. Hopefully more of the same on Wednesday.

“It’ll be a difficult game, we know. So we have to make sure that we shrug the defeat to Millwall off and get back to what we’re good at. Dust ourselves down, prepare and be ready for Forest."

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Tickets and travel

Tickets are limited for tonight's game as supporters back The Reds once again.

Supporters who purchased tickets for the orignial fixture back in October can use the original tickets as these are still valid. Full ticket details can be found here.

Making your first trip to The City Ground? Check out our travel and parking guide here.


David Webb from Lancashire will be tonight's referee, taking charge of his first Forest game this season. 

Webb will take charge of a Forest game for the first time since April 2018, when he officiated our 2-0 defeat at Middlesbrough.

He has taken charge of 21 games so far this season, showing 58 yellow cards. 

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International subscribers to iFollow Forest will be able to watch the match live, while fans in the UK and Ireland can listen to the action with commentary provided by BBC Radio Nottingham.

There will also be full coverage of the game via the club's official social media channels and in the Match Centre

Other fixtures

Barnsley 0-3 Preston
Middlesbrough 1-1 Birmingham
Charlton vs Fulham (7.45pm)

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