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Match preview: Forest vs Derby in association with Football Index

23 October 2020

Check out all you need to know ahead of Nottingham Forest's clash with Derby County at The City Ground, in association with Football Index.

It's derby day! Nottingham Forest welcome rivals Derby County to Trentside as Forest look to continue their upturn in form under new manager Chris Hughton.

The Reds have picked up a win and a draw in his first two games in charge, and they will be looking to retain the Brian Clough Trophy against a Rams side who are struggling for form.

Phillip Cocu's side have won one of their opening games, losing their other five, and they will be looking to give their season a boost with a positive result in the derby.

Team news

The latest team news from the Nottingham Forest dressing room, as well as for the visitors, can be found here.

Forest thoughts


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From the opposition

Phillip Cocu said that a win in the East Midlands derby can give his side a big boost after a slow start to the season.


He said: “I think that the players have shown, especially in the last few games, that they are going all the way for the club and the team. That is the way we want to see it and the players will do everything in their power to give the fans something to cheer about on Friday.

“A win would be a big boost for the team. We have to push ourselves to the limit to get the result and that is the only way forward for us - to believe in the team and try to get a win against Forest.”

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Tony Harrington from Cleveland will be the man in the middle for tonight's East Midlands derby. 

Harrington has taken charge of five matches so far this season in the Championship and Carabao Cup, showing 17 yellow cards, with tonight's match being his 10th in charge of a Forest game.

Forest are unbeaten in the six matches Harrington has officiated at The City Ground, winning five and drawing one, and losing the other three away from home.

Other fixtures

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

Watford vs Bournemouth (12.30pm)
Bristol City vs Swansea
Cardiff vs Middlesbrough
Coventry vs Blackburn
Huddersfield vs Preston
Millwall vs Barnsley
Norwich vs Wycombe
QPR vs Birmingham
Reading vs Rotherham
Sheffield Wednesday vs Luton
Stoke vs Brentford

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