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Nottingham Forest
vs.
Wednesday

The City Ground

Saturday, November 17

3pm

Wednesday will be out to avoid a third defeat on the spin and keep their heads above the Championship relegation zone when they visit Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

Dave Jones's men have suffered back-to-back defeats, against Blackpool and Middlesbrough, and will face a tough task of picking up points against a well-drilled Forest side with aspirations of promotion this term.

Sean O'Driscoll's men have stuttered over their last three games, however, and will be keen to amends for a 4-1 home defeat at the hands of Millwall earlier this month.

Nottingham Forest Team News:

The midweek international friendly matches may have been a nuisance for Forest going into this weekend's Championship clash.

Striker Simon Cox returns from international duty with Republic of Ireland, featuring in their 1-0 home loss to Greece, with a foot injury and is a doubt for the match.

Reds midfielder Adlene Guedioura was also in action for Algeria and, although not suffering an injury, could return jet-lagged and not in 100 per cent peak form.

Forest could be boosted by the return of Daniel Ayala, however, after he missed his side's last four games through a hamstring injury, Dan Harding could be missing for the same injury, however.

There will be no Marcus Tudgay in the Forest squad, with the former Owls striker completing a loan move to Barnsley this week.

Player to watch: Billy Sharp

Sharp will be eager to score against Wednesday more than any other club this season, being a big Sheffield United fan. Sharp has bagged three goals from ten starts so far this season.

Wednesday Team News:

There's mixed news on the injury front for Wednesday ahead of the short trip down the M1.

Striker Chris O'Grady, linked with a loan move to Barnsley this week, won't be featuring after sustaining a foot injury. The Owls' top scorer was reportedly ready for a switch to Oakwell but his injury set-back put paid to that, for the time being at least.

On a more positive front, midfielder Chris Lines could feature in the first-team squad for the first time this season. The Owls' midfield maestro has missed all of the season so far through injury but has returned to training and Vital understands his performances have done enough to warrant a place on the substitutes' bench at Forest.

Defender Reda Johnson remains out with a foot injury but Wednesday have no other new injury or suspension concerns.

Owls boss Dave Jones could tinker with his starting eleven, however, after seeing his side go down to back-to-back defeats.

Player to watch: Gary Madine

With O'Grady sidelined and Dave Jones yet to bring in a new loan signing to bolster his attack, the pressure will be on Gary Madine, himself linked with a move to Swindon Town on loan last week, to get the goals for Wednesday. He did so at Middlesbrough last week and he'll be out for more of the same at The City Ground.

Match Facts & Stats

Form:

Forest: D-D-L-W-D

Wednesday: L-L-W-W-L

Head-to-Head:

Forest wins: 49

Wednesday: 55

Draws: 26

Last Time Out:

Forest 2-1 Wednesday

The City Ground, 27/01/2009

Deter Blackstock's brace of goals proved enough to give Forest the points the last time the sides met. Blackstock struck his first from the penalty spot but Luke Varney hit a second-half levelled for Wednesday. It wasn't enough, with Blackstock doubling his tally minutes later to give the hosts all the points.

Next Fixtures:

v Leicester City (H) - 24/11/12

v Watford (H) - 27/11/12


Writer:Nick
Date:Friday November 16 2012
Time: 11:34AM

Comments

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So... With optimism running on empty and enthusiasm at an all-time low, having crossed my fingers so much I'm starting to develop arthritis, and dizzy spells from holding my breath, and even though the Samaritans are blocking my calls... Matchday arrives once more and I just KNOW a win is exactly what the doctor's ordered. But then I've just read DJ's words of wisdom on The Star's website and all those fears and doubts start flooding back again. And just to add another spoonful of arsenic to my morning cuppa it's scary that Taylor's name is making the headlines again, you don't think...? Anyway, once more we're left hoping that our revered manager knows best (:cough:) but the last thing we'll need come 5 o'clock is assurances that we were simply unlucky, that Forest were the better side, that the ref was blind, that all these individual errors have to stop even though they're part and parcel of this endless 'lairning cairve'. It's all about points now; none would spell disaster, one would be fine, three would be better, how they're earned is secondary. It might help if we could start the match with eleven players who are likely to show the same passion and desire as the 4,300 Wednesdayites who'll make the journey, or our Portuguese battler. So fingers crossed it is then... (:ouch:)
OurMaurice
17/11/2012 09:11:00
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