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Match Preview: Nottingham Forest

Forest visit TW8 as Bees chase 100% home record

31 August 2018

Nottingham Forest visit Griffin Park this weekend as we go back to the 70s around the stadium in TW8. The Bees are looking to continue on their 100% record at home after wins against Sheffield Wednesday, Cheltenham Town and Rotherham United. 

Dean Smith watched his side progress to the Third Round of the Carabao Cup last week, with a 1-0 win over The Robins under the lights in West London. The team were rewarded with a tie in the next round against Arsenal at The Emirates, to be played in late September.

The Opposition

The Bees have played Forest six times in the Sky Bet Championship, losing just the once since 2014. Almost exactly a year ago, the two sides played out a dramatic 4-3 at Griffin Park as goals from John Egan, Andreas Bjelland and Neal Maupay weren't enough to rescue anything from the game. 

It was a busy summer window for outgoing Forest players. Among the players leaving were Eric Lichaj (Hull City), Chris Cohen (retired), Jack Hobbs (Bolton Wanderers), David Vaughan (Notts County), Stefanos Kapino (Werder Bremen) and Andreas Bouchalakis (Olympiacos). 

Jack Colback and Sam Byram were the major loan signings from Newcastle United and West Ham. In on permanent deals, Joao Carvalho from Benfica looks the most dangerous so far in the league. He cost the club a reported £13.2 million, really highlighting the free transfers of Michael Dawson (Hull City) and Jack Robinson (QPR).

Team News

Striker Neal Maupay continues to serve his ban as Forest visit West London on Saturday. Emiliano Marcondes is also missing up top due to injury. Marcus Forss played deputy against Blackburn Rovers last weekend but Dean Smith also has options in Ollie Watkins and Romaine Sawyers, who have both played there before.

Moses Odubajo has travelled with the B Team squad to play AFC Bournemouth U23 and looks unlikely to be included in the matchday squad.

Sam Byram and Joe Lolley face fitness tests ahead of the weekend's action, both leaving the field with knee injuries during the last cup match against Newcastle this week.

Michael Dawson and Lewis Grabban are also doubts but could return to action after missing out on Wednesday night's match. Adlene Guedioura will continue his recovery from a broken cheekbone and looks unlikely to be involved.

Pre-Match Features

We Meet Again: Previous Forest encounters from past seasons

Hot Off The Press: The Post preview from Paul Taylor

Family Visit: Plan your day with our new family website

Ref Watch: Peter Bankes takes the whistle

Head to Head

Brentford wins: 11

Draws: 8

Forest wins: 10

Last competitive meeting: Sky Bet Championship, 10 April 2018 (1-0 win)

Last competitive squad: Bentley; Dalsgaard, Egan, Bjelland, Clarke; McEachran, Yennaris (Mokotjo , Sawyers; Canós (Marcondes 66), Watkins (Ogbene 67), Maupay

Match Coverage

Mark Burridge is your host for live match commentary from Griffin Park on Saturday. He is joined by Marcus Gayle and Mick Cabble to talk through the highlights and take you to full-time on iFollow Brentford. 

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