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Match preview: Middlesbrough vs Forest in association with Football Index

30 October 2020

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

Nottingham Forest's busy schedule continues as they head back out on the road to face Middlesbrough on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

The Reds picked up a point in the midweek clash against Luton Town to maintain Chris Hughton's unbeaten start as manager, but they head to the Riverside aiming for all three.

Neil Warnock's Boro have been in good form, being unbeaten in the last seven games and they will be looking to follow up Tuesday night's home win against Coventry with another positive result.

Team news

Nicholas Ioannou will be suspended for The Reds after his sending off at Luton, with Carl Jenkinson hoping to deputise once again after he came off the bench at Kenilworth Road.

Lewis Grabban remains a doubt after he missed the midweek clash with a hip injury, with Joe Worrall, Tyler Blackett and Foaud Bachirou all still sidelined.

Forest thoughts

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From the opposition

Boro manager Neil Warnock has highlighted the quality of the players available to his opposite number Chris Hughton and is expecting a tough test for his side this weekend.

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He said: "They (Forest) have got one of the best squads in the whole league. When you look at the numbers they've got, I envy them. They've got two teams and we can barely put substitutes up. 

"I don't know how many they signed, but the front four of Ameobi, Knockaert, Taylor, Grabban when he's there, Lolley, they're as good as anything in the league. We have to be on top form to cope with those and get a result.

"I didn't think things were right (at the start of season for Forest) but I knew as soon as Chris came in, it's a good job for Chris. He's a good manager. With the players they've got, they'll have to be in the top seven or eight. They'll still be looking at that."

Referee

Lee Mason from Lancashire will be the referee for Saturday's match at Middlesbrough. Mason drops down from the Premier League to take charge of the game, having officiated five games so far in the Premier League and Carabao Cup this season, showing 11 yellow cards.

Mason has taken charge of 11 Forest games in his career, most recently the defeat away at Sheffield Wednesday in April 2019, with The Reds winning just two of those and losing seven.

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Other fixtures

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

Coventry vs Reading (Friday, 7.45pm)
Bristol City vs Norwich (12.30pm)
Barnsley vs Watford
Bournemouth vs Derby
Luton vs Brentford
Millwall vs Huddersfield
Preston vs Birmingham
QPR vs Cardif
Stoke vs Rotherham
Swansea vs Blackburn
Wycombe vs Sheffield Wednesday


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