Competition: Championship Date: Saturday 31st August 2019 Venue: The City Ground  Kick-Off: 15:00 BST Referee: Geoff Eltringham

Team News

Nottingham Forest boss Sabri Lamouchi rang the changes on Tuesday night and he could revert back to a starting eleven similar to the one that beat Fulham last week.

Ben Watson, Michael Dawson, Jack Robinson and Samba Sow weren’t in the 18 against Derby County but should all return here.

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Alan Browne could be rested by Preston boss Alex Neil for the trip to Nottingham. He has completed 90 minutes in the last two fixtures and could well sit out.

Louis Moult, David Nugent, Andrew Hughes and Tom Clarke all remain sidelined.

Match Preview

Forest will tackle Preston with confidence sky-high around the City Ground at the moment.

Last Saturday the Reds shocked the Championship by going to Fulham and earning a superb three points thanks to a 2-1 win.


Lewis Grabban scored a brace for the Reds and although Aleksandar Mitrovic pulled one back for the Cottagers, it proved a day to remember for the Forest faithful.

Bouyed by such a crucial league win, Lamouchi’s men then took on fierce rivals Derby County in the Carabao Cup.

Forest were far superior to the Rams and ran out 3-0 winners thanks to goals from Albert Adomah, Joe Lolley and Joao Carvalho.

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Things look to be coming together for the Reds and they will hope for another three points in front of their optimistic supporters.

The Lilywhites have lost both of their away games so far this season against Swansea City and Millwall.

Their form at home has seen a stark contrast though. Wigan, Stoke and Sheffield Wednesday have all been defeated at Deepdale so far this season.

Alex Neil left the City Ground with all three points last season and despite not boasting any big-money signings, the team spirit and work ethic within the Preston ranks is unrivalled.

Predicted Line-ups

Forest: (4-3-3): Samba; Cash, Dawson, Worrall, Robinson; Watson, Semedo, Sow; Adomah, Grabban, Lolley

Preston North End: (4-2-3-1): Rudd; Fisher, Bauer, Davies, Rafferty; Gallagher, Pearson; Bodin, Johnson, Harrop; Maguire

One to watch

In normal circumstances, any club boasting Dave Nugent in their ranks would immediately be a one to watch for Forest.

Forest’s serial tormentor is injured, however, so the danger man mantle is going to Daniel Johnson.

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The striker with his trademark dreadlocks has started the 2019/20 campaign in emphatic fashion. In four games he already has four goals and two assists to his name

If Ben Watson returns to the fray for this game, his remit will be very much to keep the in-form no.10 quiet on Saturday afternoon.


Forest supporters can still buy tickets for the game from the club’s official website or at the ticket office in person.

Preston will be backed by a solid following in Nottingham having sold over 1300 tickets for the game.

TV and Radio

The game is not televised this weekend, although highlights can be seen on EFL on Quest which starts at 9pm on Saturday night.

As always full match commentary will also be live on BBC Radio Nottingham via frequency 103.8.

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