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Match Preview: Nottingham Forest

All the info ahead of tonight's trip to The City Ground

10 April 2018

Nottingham Forest vs Brentford

The City Ground

Sky Bet Championship 

Kick-off 7.45pm

THE OPPOSITION

For the third straight season, The Bees head to Nottingham Forest in the spring with the two sides at opposite ends of the table. Not since 2014 have Forest finished in the top-half of the Championship and this looks set to be another disappointing lower mid-table finish for The Reds. 

Having avoided relegation on goal difference last season, former Bees boss Mark Warburton took the reins at The City Ground in the summer. Early signs were good as Forest won five of their first six matches, dumping Newcastle United out of the EFL Cup along the way. However, things soon turned sour; Forest lost 14 of their next 22 games with Warburton paying the price for that form on New Year's Eve. 

Former Middlesbrough boss, Aitor Karanka has added a renewed resilience and stability since taking over in early January but without a noticeable upturn in results. Forest go into tonight's game without a win, or a goal, in five matches with all connected to The Reds looking forward to the end of another difficult season. 

TEAM NEWS

The home side have concerns over a quartet of key players ahead of tonight's match; Joe Worrell and Matty Cash both missed Saturday's defeat at Middlesbrough while David Vaughan continues to battle a persistent ankle injury which has kept him out since January. Striker Daryl Murphy is also struggling with a calf injury which makes him a doubt for tonight. 

For The Bees, Rico Henry remains out with his knee-injury while Florian Jozefzoon missed Saturday's win over Ipswich Town after picking up an ankle injury against Bristol City. Ryan Woods serves the final game of his three-match ban but The Bees were able to welcome Lewis Macleod and Andreas Bjelland back into the matchday squad on Saturday. 

THE MANAGER

After three years as assistant manager to Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid, Aitor Karanka was appointed manager of Middlesbrough in November 2013. He was the first non-British man in charge at The Riverside in their history.

The 42-year-old played as a defender for Athletic Bilbao, Real Madrid and Colorado Rapids before pursuing a career in management. Capped once by Spain, he also represented his country at youth level alongside the likes of Fernando Morientes and Raúl.

Karanka earned promotion to the Premier League with Boro in 2016 but was sacked less than a year later with The Teesiders three points from safety and without a win in three months. After nine months out of the game he was appointed Forest manager in early January.

PRE-MATCH VIEWS

Dean Smith: 'There is no one way that wins football games'

Away Day Guide: Plan your day at The City Ground

Opposition View: Paul Taylor of the Nottingham Mail with the lowdown on Forest

Stats Zone: The facts and figures ahead of tonight's 29th meeting between the two

We Meet Again: Re-live last year's victorious trip to The City Ground

Ref Watch: Find out more about Andy Davies, tonight's Match Referee

Moment in Time: Re-live our dramatic win at Griffin Park back in November 2015

Familiar Faces: Take a look at some of the players who have graced both clubs

TICKET AND TRAVEL NEWS

If you want to join the travelling Bees tonight, tickets will be on sale, cash only, at The City Ground:

Adults £22

Seniors £17

18-23 £10

Students/16-17 £5

Under-16s £1

BETTING PREVIEW

Principal partners LeoVegas have a range of markets on tonight's game. Check out their best odds here

MATCH COVERAGE

iFollow will be providing commentary from 7.15pm with Matchday Live hosted by Mark Burridge. Mark's guests tonight will be Mick Cabble and Ciaran Brett.

Download the Official Brentford FC App to get notifications direct to your phone, plus all the latest news, views and reaction from the game. Visit the Play Store or iTunes App Store now to download.


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