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Match preview: Forest vs Stoke in association with Football Index

22 July 2020

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

Nottingham Forest's final match of the regular season takes place tonight and there is plenty at stake as they face Stoke City at The City Ground (kick-off 7.30pm).

The Reds need just one point to secure their place in the top six, while a win would secure fifth place in the table and mean Forest face the fourth-placed side in the play-offs.

Stoke arrive on Trentside knowing that their place in the Championship is secure, with their 1-0 win against Brentford last weekend ensuring their survival.

Team news

Sabri Lamouchi is hopeful that he could have some key players return for the match against Stoke having overcome some slight injuries.

Click here for the full team news.

Forest thoughts

Head to head

  Forest wins Draws Stoke wins
League 42 29 30
League Cup 1 0 0
FA Cup 2 2 1
Total 45 31 31
  • Forest last did the double over Stoke in 1980-81
  • Forest have lost just one of the last seven meetings between the two sides in all competitions
  • Forest are unbeaten in the last seven meetings at The City Ground in all comeptitions, winning five and losing one of the last 19
  • Stoke’s only win at Forest in the last 54 years was 3-2 in September 1993
  • Forest have kept a clean sheet in the last five league meetings at The City Ground. Going further back, they have kept 13 clean sheets in the last 15

Last time out


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From the opposition

Stoke manager Michael O'Neill is looking to finish their season on a high after the 1-0 win against Brentford last weekend secured their Championship safety.


He said: “We won’t be getting carried away, if it lifts us up the league another position or two then that will add to the confidence we will have in the off-season.

“Forest are a good side, so we will be benchmarking ourselves against teams like this, who are at the top half of the league, and we will have to show them that we can compete.

"Our away form has been a disappointment this season and if we can address that on Wednesday night then that will be another positive for us.

“It’s another chance to gain three points and that is our intention.”

Stoke's last five

W - Stoke 4-0 Barnsley (04/07/20)
L - Leeds 5-0 Stoke (09/07/20)
W - Stoke 2-0 Birmingham (12/07/20)
D - Bristol City 1-1 Stoke (15/07/20)
W - Stoke 1-0 Brentford (18/07/20)


Nottingham Forest supporters are able to watch the full 90 minutes against Stoke City live on iFollow Forest.


For only £10, you can purchase a match pass to watch live and exclusive coverage of Forest’s clash with The Potters including commentary from BBC Radio Nottingham's Colin Fray.

To purchase a match pass, simply visit, scroll down to the match passes section and click ‘Purchase Now’ next to the Stoke fixture.

Season card holders who have selected option 1 from the refund options will be able to watch all The Reds' remaining games free of charge on iFollow Forest. For more information, please click here.

There will also be full match coverage available via the club's official social media channels and in the Match Centre.


Gavin Ward will be the man in charge of Wednesday night's game at The City Ground.

The official from Surrey has taken charge of 31 games so far this season, showing 109 yellow cards and three reds.

He oversaw Forest's 2-1 win at Luton back in November in his only other Forest game this season. Ward has overseen four Forest games in total in his career, including the 1-0 home defeat against QPR last season, the 2-1 League Cup win at Millwall in August 2016 and a 2-1 home defeat against Hull in December 2012. 

Other fixtures

All fixutes to be played at 7.30pm on Wednesday:

Birmingham vs Derby
Brentford vs Barnsley
Bristol City vs Preston
Cardiff vs Hull
Leeds vs Charlton
Luton vs Blackburn
Millwall vs Huddersfield
Reading vs Swansea
Sheffield Wednesday vs Middlesbrough
West Brom vs QPR
Wigan vs Fulham

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