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Match Preview: Brentford vs Nottingham Forest

All the info ahead of tonight's Griffin Park encounter

28 January 2020

We're back under the lights tonight as we welcome fellow promotion-chasers Nottingham Forest to TW8. Below you will find all the info ahead of the game which takes us into our final ten Sky Bet Championship fixtures at Griffin Park.

MATCH FACTS

  • We have won three of our last four home Championship meetings with Nottingham Forest, losing the other 4-3 in August 2017.
  • Nottingham Forest's last league double over us came back in the 2006-07 season when the sides were in League One.
  • We have won each of our last six home league games and could win seven in a row for the first time since May 2014 in League One.
  • With a draw at Reading last time out, Nottingham Forest have now earned more points away from home in 2019-20 (24) than they managed in 2018-19 (23).
  • Bryan Mbeumo has scored in each of his last five league matches at Griffin Park, and could become the first player to net in six consecutive home matches in the Championship since Jarrod Bowen for Hull between December 2018 and March 2019 (8-game run).
  • Lewis Grabban's 16 league goals this season have been worth 17 points, the highest points won figure for a player in the division this campaign.

HEAD TO HEAD

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THE OPPOSITION

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Nottingham Forest head to Griffin Park tonight as the Sky Bet Championship's most in form side since Boxing Day. Sabri Lamouchi's men have won four and drawn two of their last six league matches to rekindle automatic promotion hopes which looked to be fading after a difficult December. 

Only the top two have taken more away points than Forest this campaign, with their tally of 24 points on the road matching the amount they have earned on home soil. On top of that, only West Bromwich Albion and Thomas Frank's Bees can better their tally of 13 goals conceded away from home.

There's been plenty of late drama in Forest's recent outings. They've scored in the final ten minutes in four of their last six league matches, but also conceded a pair of damaging equalisers in games against Reading during that run. 

Lamouchi's side have been reliant on the goals of former Bees striker Lewis Grabban (pictured above) this term. His tally of 16 is ten more than any other Forest player with Joe Lolley the only other player to have found the net more than three times during the campaign.  

THE MANAGER

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Sabri Lamouchi enjoyed a stellar playing career in his native France, Italy, and then Qatar, before retiring in 2009. Capped 12 times at international level, the midfielder was named in the initial 28-man squad for the 1998 World Cup, which Les Bleus would go on to win. He won the French League and Cup double with Auxerre in 1996, a further Ligue 1 title in 2000 with Monaco, and the Coppa Italia at Parma in 2002. 

His first steps in management were taken with the Ivory Coast National Team. He won seven of his 14 matches in charge but resigned after The Elephants were knocked out in the group stages of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He would then spend two-and-a-half years with El Jaish in Qatar, winning the 2016 Qatar Crown Prince Cup. Next up was a 13-month spell with Rennes which saw qualification for last season's Europa League before he arrived on the banks of the River Trent in June.  

TEAM NEWS

We will be without Sergi Canos, Marcus Forss, and Nikos Karelis for tonight's encounter while Mathias Jensen and Pontus Jansson both missed our last league outing against Huddersfield Town.

Forest have a clean bill of health and may hand a debut to Adama Diakhaby at Griffin Park. Experienced midfielder Claudio Yacob departed on Monday to join Nacional in Uruguay.

PRE-MATCH BUILD UP

🆚 Hot off the Press: The Athletic's Paul Taylor previews tonight's action

⚖ Tim Robinson to take charge at Griffin Park

LAST MEETING

TICKET INFO

We've sold more than 12,000 tickets for tonight's game under the lights. Availability in the New Road and Braemar Road is extremely limited while tickets in the Ealing Road are only available via the Ticket Exchange. 

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HOW TO FOLLOW

iFollow Brentford will be live from 7.15pm with Mark Burridge, Mick Cabble, and Kat Mills bringing you all the action as we look to make it seven straight home league wins.  

Click below to find out more about how you can follow the game wherever you are!

iFollow | Domestic (UK, Ireland, Isle of Man)

iFollow | International (other countries worldwide)

As the game was originally scheduled for 3pm on Saturday, it will not be available on the red button or to watch  domestically through iFollow.

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