To be played on Saturday 14th February 2015 at 15:00. Venue: Bloomfield Road, Blackpool
Odds: Blackpool 14/5, Draw 5/2, Forest 19/20
Nottingham Forest will be looking to secure a third straight success under Dougie Freedman when they travel to lowly Blackpool on Saturday.
The Reds have seen a change in the dugout bring about a reversal in fortune, with Stuart Pearce paying the price for inconsistency and underperformance.
Freedman was drafted in to help turn the tide, and the Scot has enjoyed a perfect start to life in the City Ground hot-seat.
Having taken six points from a trip to Brighton & Hove Albion and a home date with Wigan Athletic, Forest will head for Bloomfield Road in confident mood.
They will be without talismanic striker Britt Assombalonga, after he picked up a serious knee injury against the Latics in midweek, but others will be expected to raise their game in his absence.
On the other side of the coin, the clock is ticking on Blackpool’s time in the Championship.
Lee Clark’s men remain rock-bottom of the second-tier standings, with 10 points separating them from safety with just 16 games remaining.
Another protest against chairman Karl Oyston is planned this weekend, with the Seasiders starting to pull in different directions on and off the field as they struggle to shake themselves out of a serious slump.
- Joe Lewis
- Peter Clarke
- Charles Dunne
- Tony McMahon
- Darren O'Dea
- Henry Cameron
- Jamie O'Hara
- Andrea Orlandi
- David Perkins
- Dominic Telford
- Steve Davies
“It’s must win if we are going to give ourselves a chance. In my own mind I wanted a minimum of four points from these two home games but obviously we didn’t get any the other night. We are hurting, everyone in the club is. We are in the business of trying to win football matches but we still aren’t out of it.”
- Karl Darlow
- Danny Collins
- Daniel Fox
- Jack Hobbs
- Eric Lichaj
- Michail Antonio
- Chris Burke
- Gary Gardner
- Henri Lansbury
- Ben Osborn
- Matty Fryatt
“We want to give the fans what they want, but that does not mean that we will play a cliched 4-4-2. Those days have gone. You have to have a more tactical approach to things. You have to be able to score goals in different ways and we have shown that we can do that. That will not always be the case. There may be times when people suss out our game. But as long as we show the right intent, we will be fine.”
Saer Sene ★★ questionable Ilness
Grant Hall ★★★ out Ankle
Britt Assombalonga ★★★ out Knee
Chris Cohen ★★★ out Knee
Andy Reid ★★★ out Groin