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Match Preview: Nottingham Forest vs Brentford

7 March 2017

News, views, and more ahead of tonight's trip to The City Ground

Nottingham Forest vs Brentford

Tuesday 7 March
The City Ground
Sky Bet Championship
Kick-off: 7.45pm

The Opponents

As turbulent off the pitch as it has been on it, Forest fans will be glad to see the back of the 2016/17 season, so long as they remain a Sky Bet Championship side. Forest currently sit six points above the drop zone after Saturday's impressive 3-0 victory over promotion chasing Brighton and Hove Albion. Only bottom side Rotherham United have secured a bigger proportion of their points at home than Forest, and it is that home form that has kept their heads above water this campaign. The Reds have the best home record outside the top nine and have won four of their last five at The City Ground.

Since The Bees' 1-0 win over Forest at Griffin Park in mid-August, Vladimir Stojkovic [Maccabi Haifa], Mustapha Carayol [Middlesborough], Gboly Ariyibi, [Chesterfield], and Zach Clough [Bolton Wanderers] have all arrived on permanent deals. The January Transfer Window also saw Joao Teixeira [Benfica], Aaron Tshibola and Ross McCormack [both Aston Villa] sign on loan. Niklas Bentner last night joined Rosenborg after a short spell at The City Ground, joining Oliver Burke [RB Leipzig], Dorus De Vries [Celtic], and Henri Lansbury [Aston Villa] as the big name departures this season.

The Gaffer

Gary Brazil scored 160 goals in a 13 year playing career that took in Sheffield United, Port Vale, Preston North End, Newcastle United, Fulham, Cambridge United, Barnet, and finally, Slough. After retiring in 1998, Brazil joined Sam Allardyce as a coach and then Assistant Manager at Notts County. He stayed at Meadow Lane for four years, twice taking charge of the first-team, before leaving in 2002.

There then followed a spell as Youth Coach at Doncaster Rovers, before Brazil moved to The City Ground in 2012 as Youth Team Coach. He took temporary charge of Forest after the sacking of Billy Davies in May 2014 and then again this January after Philippe Montanier became the eighth managerial casualty in four-and-a-half seasons under Fawaz Al-Hasawi. After steadying the ship in his first four games, Brazil was, last month, handed the job on a permanent basis to the end of the season.

Pre-Match Views

Nico Yennaris: "We’ve been getting better defensively and been a big threat down the other end.”

The Match Officials

Referee: Tim Robinson
Assistant Referees: Jonathan Hunt and Nick Hopton
Fourth Official: Darren England

Ticket news

Tickets will be available tonight from the away ticket office at the rear of Brian Clough Stand. The Ticket office will be open from 6.30pm and is cash only – collections and duplicates will also be there to pick up:

Adult 18-64 £22
Senior 65+ £16
Young Person 12-17 £12
Junior Under 12 £6

Travel News

The latest travel and matchday parking information for the trip to The City Ground can be found here.

Match Betting

Brentford 8/5
Forest 8/5
Draw 12/5

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Match Coverage

You can hear live match commentary on Bees Player from 7.15pm tonight, with Mark Burridge and Marcus Gayle.

There will be live match updates on Twitter from 6pm.

Download the new Brentford FC app on android and iPhone and get all the coverage from Griffin Park in one place. Download for free here.

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