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Match preview: Reading vs Forest in association with Football Index

10 January 2020

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

Nottingham Forest return to Sky Bet Championship action on Saturday when they travel to the Madejski Stadium to take on in-form Reading (kick-off 3pm).

The Reds exited the Emirates FA Cup at the hands of Chelsea last weekend, with all eyes back on the league as Sabri Lamouchi's men look to extend their three-game winning run. 

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It is a run of form that has seen them climb to fourth in the table ahead of this weekend's round of fixtures, while Reading have been on a strong sequence of results themselves, winning their last four outings to set up an intriguing contest in Berkshire.

Team news

Sabri Lamouchi will recall several players who were rested for the FA Cup trip to Chelsea, while the young players who impressed will be hoping to be involved in league action.

Yuri Ribeiro, Carl Jenkinson and Yohan Benalouane all made their returns from injury in the match at Stamford Bridge, staking their claim for a spot in the side, while Chema is nearing a return to full fitness following his injury.

Forest thoughts

Head to head

  Forest wins Draws Reading wins
League 18 9 15
FA Cup 2 1 0
Total 20 10 15


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From the opposition

Reading boss Mark Bowen is expecting a difficult afternoon when Nottingham Forest visit the Madejski Stadium on Saturday.


“Forest have been right up there, right from the start,” he said. “That proves to me that they’re a talented bunch. Looking at the videos of them, they’ve got a lot of ammunition that can hurt us.

“Looking at their performances away from home, they have the second lowest in terms of ball possession. Maybe that flags that they could come here a bit cagy, and looking to play a counter-attacking game against us.

“That adds another problem; in the last couple of games, especially against Fulham, we’ve played against teams that come at us and that has suited us. Different problems – we’ll work on them on the training ground and give ourselves the best chance to compete against us.

“So far this season, Forest have had a couple of spells where they’ve lost a couple of games, but they have always bounced back. And they’ve got the likes of Lewis Grabban, who the Reading fans will know and who knows this league as well; he’s a clever striker so we’ll need to really concentrate.

“All over the park, we need to make sure we get back to what we’ve been doing before this short break.”

Tickets and travel

All tickets available to Nottingham Forest fans for this fixture have sold out, with no additional tickets being made available.

Information in regards to ticket collections can be found here

Reading have provided a visiting supporters' guide here which may be useful to fans who are travelling to the game tomorrow. 

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Dean Whitestone from Northamptonshire will be the man in the middle for Saturday's game. This will be his 18th match of the season, having shown 46 yellow and two red cards in his previous 17.

Whitestone officiated Forest's 1-0 win over Brentford at The City Ground back in October.


International subscribers to iFollow Forest will be able to watch the action live, with audio commentary provided by BBC Radio Nottingham also available.

There will be full coverage of the match 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:

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

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