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James Crawley

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Posted Friday, November 22nd 2019

Preview: Nottingham Forest (H)

The arrival of Nottingham Forest to Ashton Gate this Saturday marks the start of what will be a challenging but no doubt exciting winter period.

Both Forest and City meet in BS3 in good form: It's sixth versus fifth in the standings with the teams set to go head to head after respective derbies wins prior to the international break.

Tomorrow's match also pits Lee Johnson against Sabri Lamouchi for the first time in their managerial careers, to add to the excitement of the occasion.

MATCH DETAILS

  • Date: Saturday, November 23rd 2019
  • Kick-off: 3pm
  • Competition: Sky Bet Championship
  • Where: Ashton Gate
  • Officials: Craig Pawson (referee), Darren Cann and Daniel Leach (assistant referees), Paul Marsden (fourth official)

HEAD TO HEAD

Bristol City v Nottingham Forest:
W: 21 (23%)
D: 31
L: 40

 

FORM - Last five games:
Bristol City: LWDDW
Nottingham Forest: WLLWW

CLUB NEWS

  • It has been a dream week for young midfielder Joe Morrell, who helped Wales qualify for next summer's Euros while the next day signed a new contract at City.
  • You can read the players' exclusive club interview here.
  • City staff moustaches continue to grow in support of the Movember campaign!
  • There are 23,000+ supporters heading to BS3 this weekend but if you can't make it to the game, a Robins TV audio pass (UK) has you covered, while international-based supporters can watch a live stream.
  • Tickets for City's trip to Fulham went on sale but sold out in a matter of minutes.
  • Korey Smith continues road to full fitness and completed important minutes for the Under-23s during the break.
  • Forest boss Lamouchi expects to have Carl Jenkinson, Yohan Benalouane, Alfa Semedo and Michael Hefele ready for selection and Michael Dawson could also be in the squad for this weekend’s match.

Word from the camp

Nathan Baker is on the verge of his 100th City league appearance and discusses how the squad blend makes for healthy competition.

Dean Holden has reflected on the importance of reflection and constantly developing as City prepare for the demanding next stage of the campaign.

MEMORABLE FIXTURE

Nottingham Forest 0-1 Bristol City
Saturday, January 19th 2019
Sky Bet Championship
Scorers: Diédhiou 70
Att: 28,922

City ended their bad fortunes at the Forest Ground, thanks to Famara Diédhiou who swept home his eighth goal of the season.

The striker tapped home from Andreas Weimann’s second-half cutback at the City Ground, as City made it 11 unbeaten in all competitions.

City had been bright but survived spells of pressure, with Frank Fielding denying Lewis Grabban, Yohan Benalouane and Jack Colback, to earn his clean sheet in his first appearance of the season.

Weimann had a glorious chance to make it 2-0 late on but for the in-form Costel Pantilimon, however the full-time whistle would ensure City retained seventh spot in the Sky Bet Championship and a rare win on Forest turf; their third victory here in their last 28 attempts.

Bristol City XI: Fielding, Pisano, Baker, Kalas, Dasilva, Pack, Brownhill, Paterson, O'Dowda, Weimann, Diédhiou. 

AND FINALLY...

Tickets are still on sale for tomorrow's Championship encounter versus Nottingham Forest - click here.

Match sponsor: Matt Burrows Construction