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Match preview: Forest vs Middlesbrough in association with Football Index

19 January 2021

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 will be looking to keep up their good form when Middlesbrough visit The City Ground on Wednesday night (kick-off 7pm).

The Reds have won their last two outings on Trentside, taking their unbeaten run to seven games in all competitions and they will be looking to extend that against Neil Warnock's side.

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Boro find themselves in and around the play-off picture and will be looking for a positive result themselves to enhance their top-six credentials.

Team news

Chris Hughton could name an unchanged line-up after their impressive performance against Millwall on the weekend. Alex Mighten and Scott McKenna both came into the starting line-up and impressed, while there are plenty of options available should Hughton wish to make changes.

Luke Freeman is back in full training and is getting closer to being involved, with Fouad Bachirou also joining in full training. Jack Colback and Harry Arter remain sidelined through injury.


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From the opposition

Middlesbrough manager Neil Warnock is hoping that Duncan Watmore and Britt Assombalonga can both make more of an impact on the game against The Reds than they did against Birmingham, with the pair overcoming COVID-19.


He said: “They should be okay – they’ve both definitely looked a lot better.

"I couldn’t have played them. I wanted to play Britt because I thought he was outstanding at Birmingham, but I couldn’t have played him looking at him on Friday. I never thought he’d even be on the bench.

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"He was a lot brighter yesterday though, and said he felt a lot better. So did Duncan, so I’ve no problems at all with those two now. They’ll be in my thoughts from the start now.”

Live coverage

The match is available to watch live on iFollow Forest, with no access to the game via the Sky Sports red button service. iFollow is the only place you can watch the full 90 minutes from The City Ground.

You can purchase your match pass right up until kick-off, with full details available here.



Andy Woolmer is the referee in charge of Wedneday night's match at The City Ground. Woolmer, from Northamptonshire, has officiated 17 matches so far this season across the Championship, League One, League Two and the FA Cup, showing 54 yellow cards and no red cards.

He has overseen 16 Forest matches in his career, most recently the league defeat against Barnsley at Oakwell in November, with Forest winning eight of those games.

Woolmer will be assisted by Graham Kane and Matthew Jones, with Leigh Doughty as the fourth official.

Other fixtures

To be played at 7.45pm unless otherwise stated:


Derby vs Bournemouth (6pm)
Reading vs Coventry (6pm)
Blackburn P-P Swansea
Rotherham vs Stoke
Watford vs Barnsley
Wycombe P-P Sheffield Wednesday


Norwich vs Bristol City (6pm)
Brentford vs Luton (7pm)
Cardiff vs QPR (7pm)
Huddersfield vs Millwall (7pm)
Birmingham vs Preston

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