To be played on Saturday 21st February 2015 at 15:00. Venue: City Ground, Nottingham
Odds: Forest 1/1, Draw 5/2, Bolton 13/5
All eyes will be on Dougie Freedman this weekend when Nottingham Forest play host to his former employers Bolton Wanderers, but it is worth nothing that both of the managers on show at the City Ground will be facing familiar foes.
Freedman will be thrust under the spotlight as he is due to face the Trotters for the first time since being relieved of his managerial duties at the Macron Stadium in October 2014.
He had spent two years at the Bolton helm, but is now in the Forest hot-seat after being charged with the task of picking up the baton dropped by ousted club legend Stuart Pearce.
Freedman, who spent time with the Reds during his playing days, has made a promising start in his new post, with a three-match unbeaten run delivering seven points.
Forest have netted 13 times during that positive streak, but have also been breached on six occasions and seen key men such as Britt Assombalonga and Jack Hobbs pick up untimely injuries.
Freedman’s successor at Bolton, Neil Lennon, has also faced plenty of fitness issues of late, but he has key men returning to his ranks – such as Craig Davies, Emile Heskey and Matt Mills - and will be looking to finish the season with a flourish – with play-off ambitions having faded over recent weeks.
He will be hoping to see a surge sparked on the banks of the River Trent against a side he knows well.
Lennon took in a short spell with Forest towards the end of his playing career, and those ties should ensure that pride and passion is in plentiful supply in opposing dugouts on Saturday afternoon.
- Karl Darlow
- Danny Collins
- Daniel Fox
- Eric Lichaj
- Michael Mancienne
- Michail Antonio
- Chris Burke
- Gary Gardner
- Henri Lansbury
- Ben Osborn
- Matty Fryatt
“Since he has come in, he has sharpened us up, in the sense that you know what people are doing. Basically everyone knows what is expected of them in their position. If anyone makes a mistake, he does not get stuck into you, but he makes it clear why it is detrimental to the team. Everyone has to do their job or we will see goals going in, just as we did against Blackpool.”
- Andy Lonergan
- Dorian Dervite
- Tim Ream
- David Wheater
- Barry Bannan
- Neil Danns
- Liam Feeney
- Josh Vela
- Zach Clough
- Craig Davies
- Adam Le Fondre
“You go into any match knowing you're going to have to score at least one or even two goals to win. If you do fall behind, it doesn't change your approach to a game – you know what you have to do. As a team we have that expectation with every game that we go into we want to win.”
Jack Hobbs ★★★ out Hamstring
Britt Assombalonga ★★★ out Knee
Chris Cohen ★★★ out Knee
Andy Reid ★★★ out Groin
Mark Davies ★★★ out Knee
Darren Pratley ★★★ out Hamstring
Max Clayton ★★★ out Knee
Adam Bogdan ★★★ out Ankle