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Match preview: Blackburn vs Forest in association with Football Index

16 October 2020

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

Chris Hughton takes charge of his first Nottingham Forest match as manager as The Reds travel to Ewood Park to take on Blackburn Rovers on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

Forest will be aiming to get off the mark under their new manager and travel the Lancashire looking to put a dent in Blackburn's impressive start so far. 

Rovers have lost one of their opening four league games, but have defeated Wycombe 5-0 and Derby 4-0 to show their goalscoring prowess.

Team news

Chris Hughton has confirmed that there will be three absentees through injury, with two players set to return to the side following injury. Click here for the full team news.

Forest thoughts


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From the opposition

Blackburm manager Tony Mowbray is expecting a tough challenge as Chris Hughton takes charge of The Reds for the first time on Saturday.


“We’ll look to give a good account of ourselves against Nottingham Forest," he said. “It’s a team with a new coach in Chris Hughton, who’s a very experienced manager and someone who knows this league.

“They have some very talented players and were in the top six of this division pretty much all of last season until the last kick of the season.

“It’s a tough test, as they are against a big club in Nottingham Forest, a two-time European Cup winner. It’s an exciting game, a big game and one we’re looking forward to."

Live on iFollow Forest


Australian referee Jarred Gillett will take charge of Saturday's game, his fifth of the 2020-21 season so far. He has shown 12 yellow cards and one red in his four previous games.

Gillett took charge of one Forest game last season, the 1-0 win against Barnsley at The City Ground.

Other fixtures

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

Derby vs Watford (Friday, 7.45pm)
Barnsley vs Bristol City
Birmingham vs Sheffield Wednesday
Bournemouth vs QPR
Brentford vs Coventry
Luton vs Stoke
Middlesbrough vs Reading
Rotherham vs Norwich
Swansea vs Huddersfield
Wycombe vs Millwall
Preston vs Cardiff (Sunday, 12pm)

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