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Match preview: Forest vs Millwall in association with Football Index

5 March 2020

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

Nottingham Forest are back in action on Trentside as they welcome play-off chasing Millwall for another evenly-contested clash in the Championship on Friday night (kick-off 7.45pm).

The Reds secured four points on the road in the last week, defeating Cardiff and drawing at Middlesbrough, and will be hoping to make that seven points against The Lions.

Millwall are one of the sides lurking outside the top six at the moment and will be looking to gatecrash the play-offs come May, but will have to turn their recent form around if they are to stand a chance. 

Team news

Sabri Lamouchi has confirmed that Samba Sow will be sidelined once again for the match against Millwall, but is hopeful that he can return for the trip to Sheffield Wednesday next weekend. 

Tiago Silva is sidelined again, and will be for a couple of weeks, with John Bostock and Joao Carvalho pushing for starting spots after impressive cameos off the bench at Middlesbrough. 

Forest thoughts

Head to head

  Forest wins Draws Millwall wins
League 19 21 23
FA Cup 1 0 1
League Cup 2 1 2
Total 22 22 26

Last time out

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From the opposition

Millwall manager Gary Rowett says his side must kick on if they are to reach the top six, despite there being no pressure on his side to do so.

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"I remember speaking about our ambitions for the team, what we felt was achievable, and I certainly felt within a two- or three-year period we could challenge for the top six," Rowett said.

"But the initial aim was just to stabilise. Obviously we wanted to show ambition and win games, but the main objective was to make sure that we weren't battling down the bottom of the division, and instead seeing where we could climb to in the table.

"Sometimes we can get caught up in where we are in the league, if we can win a game or not win a game and the disappointment if we don't win. The expectation levels have climbed a little because we've done quite well, which is only right.

"But to still be in the mix with 10 games to go, I think a lot of credit can go to the players. The disappointment of not winning the game against Bristol City, who have had four years to build in the Championship, to be disappointed to draw against Fulham, shows what we think we can achieve.

"Yes, we're five points off the top six, but I just want to see if we can do what we can to win every game."

Tickets and travel

There's set to be another strong crowd on Trentside with Reds fans backing the team once again. Full ticket details can be found here.

Supporters making their way to The City Ground may find this matchday guide useful.

Parking will be limited at Nottingham Rugby Club due to an event being held there, while supporters are reminded to allow extra time if travelling by car due to the closure of the A52.

The eastbound side of the bridge from Queens Drive to Nottingham Knight roundabout will be closed from 10pm on Friday night to allow works to be carried out. Follow Highways England on Twitter for the latest information.

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Referee

Geoff Eltringham will be the man in the middle as he takes charge of his 24th match of the season.

Eltringham, from County Durham, has shown 84 yellow cards and two reds in his matches so far, while this will be his third Forest match of the season having taken charge of the 1-1 home draw against Preston and the 2-0 away victory at Hull.

Coverage

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

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

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Other fixtures

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

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


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