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Match preview: Forest vs Bristol City in association with Football Index

2 October 2020

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

Nottingham Forest will be aiming to get up and running for the new season when Bristol City visit The City Ground on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 3pm).

It has been a tough start for The Reds to the 2020-21 campaign and they will be hoping to head into the international break in a positive fashion by picking up their first points of the season.

Bristol City on the other hand arrive on Trentside full of confidence having won their opening three league fixtures, with Forest keen to dampen their early-season form. 

Team news

Sabri Lamouchi has no new injury concerns for the clash with Bristol City. Click here for the full team news

Forest thoughts


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From the opposition

Bristol City head coach Dean Holden is looking for his side to keep up their 100 per cent start to the campaign heading into the international break.


“Every game is different but most of the game preparation is on ourselves,” Holden said.

“We have to stick to our system and our way of playing but we might have to tweak it slightly tactically as we saw last week in the second half against Sheffield Wednesday.

“Ultimately it’s about the players finding a way but the message is always the same: ‘keep believing in yourselves, if you make a mistake get on with it, keep encouraging your teammates and if you’re in the team or not you give your best every day’. It’s been a decent-enough start but there’s a big game on the weekend and we want to go into the international break with four wins from four in the league.”

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Keith Stroud will be the referee in charge of Saturday's game at The City Ground.

Stroud has taken charge of two games so far this season, with Saturday's game being his 16th officiating Forest. 

He oversaw one Reds game last season, the eventful 2-2 draw at West Brom, with Forest winning three and losing seven of his 15 previous games overseeing The Reds. 

Other fixtures

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

Coventry vs Bournemouth (Friday, 7.45pm)
Norwich vs Derby (12.30pm)
Blackburn vs Cardiff
Luton vs Wycombe
Middlesbrough vs Barnsley
Reading vs Watford
Rotherham vs Huddersfield
Sheffield Wednesday vs QPR
Swansea vs Millwall
Brentford vs Preston (Sunday, 2pm)
Stoke vs Birmingham (Sunday, 3pm)

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