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Match preview: Forest vs Barnsley in association with Football Index

29 January 2021

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

Nottingham Forest welcome Barnsley to The City Ground on Saturday as The Reds look to get their season back on track after disappointing results against Middlesbrough and Swansea (kick-off 3pm).

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30 January 2021

Before the 2-1 defeat to Middlesbrough, Forest had been unbeaten in seven matches and will be hoping to start another undefeated run when they come up against Valerien Ismael's Barnsley side this weekend.

Barnsley come into this fixture on the back of a 2-2 draw at home to Cardiff City on Wednesday in which they gave up a two-goal lead and they have lost their last two league away games at Norwich and Watford, both by one goal to nil.

Team news

Forest boss Chris Hughton will be without Harry Arter, Jack Colback and Ryan Yates through injury while Yuri Ribeiro serves the second game of his three-match suspension but new signing Filip Krovinovic is available for selection.

Forest thoughts

Chris Hughton: “Barnsley have done very well. They have a way of playing and have had what you would regard as relative success in terms of results that they’ve got and their league position in playing that way.

“We sampled it when we played them away and I wouldn’t say they’ve changed that much. They might have tweaked a few things which any manager can do but I think in a way of playing it’ll be very similar.

“We just hope that we can have the chances that we had in that game which we didn’t capitalise on, but we expect a very tough game against a team that is having a good season so far.”


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From the opposition

Barnsley head coach Valerien Ismael is happy with his side's development in recent weeks but now wants them to get their rewards as they head to The City Ground.


Speaking ahead of Saturday's game against The Reds, he said: "The Championship is a tough league and every team has quality. Forest are a big club and they have a big manager with lots of experience. In the first game against them they had chances to score and it was late goals for us. It was a tough game. We had some luck.

"We know their strengths and the qualities they possess and we'll be prepared for another big game on Saturday. The development of the team is clearly visible. But the most important thing for the guys now is to be rewarded with the result.

Club News

From the visitors' camp: Barnsley

29 January 2021

"We have shown we can compete and adapt to different styles of football from the opponent, we have made the necessary steps but we must now have that feeling of victory."

Live coverage

Saturday's game is being shown live on iFollow Forest, with match passes available to purchase. Click here for full details.


Matchday programme

Saturday's edition of Forest Review features an interview with Filip Krovinovic as he discusses his arrival at The City Ground, with all of the regular features and columnists.

You can pay for a printed copy to be delivered to your door or you can read the programme in full, for free, online now.

Order now from the Igntion Sports Media store, or read the programme here.



Leigh Doughty is the referee taking charge of Saturday's game at The City Ground. Doughty, from Lancashire, has officiated 16 matches so far this season in the Championship, League One, League Two, FA Cup and Carabao Cup, showing 54 yellow cards and one red card.

Doughty has never taken charge of a Forest game before and will be assisted by Adam Crysell and Bhupinder Gill, with Daniel Middleton as fourth official.

Other fixtures

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

Reading vs Bournemouth (Friday, 8pm)
Norwich vs Middlesbrough (Saturday, 12.30pm)
Birmingham vs Coventry
Blackburn vs Luton
Brentford vs Wycombe
Cardiff vs Millwall
Derby vs Bristol City
Huddersfield vs Stoke
Rotherham vs Swansea
Sheffield Wednesday vs Preston
Watford vs QPR (Monday, 7.45pm)

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