To be played on Wednesday 25th February 2015 at 19:45. Venue: City Ground, Nottingham
Odds: Forest 19/10, Draw 5/2, Bournemouth 13/10
The Reds are yet to taste defeat under the guidance of Dougie Freedman, with the Scot overseeing a productive four-match run that has delivered 10 points and 14 goals.
Forest have been faultless on home soil under their new boss – seeing off Wigan Athletic and Bolton Wanderers in some style – and will be hoping for more of the same in midweek.
Having closed back to within 12 points of the play-off places, Freedman will believe that the troubles endured under Stuart Pearce can be rectified and that his side could yet play a part in the promotion race.
Bournemouth are very much towards the head of that pack, with Eddie Howe’s men sitting third in the Championship standings.
They have, however, started to wobble of late and have tumbled from the summit and out of the top two as a result.
Their last three outings have produced two draws and a defeat – with Howe likely to be concerned by the fact that the Cherries have squandered priceless points from winning, or even, positions.
Bournemouth have offered enough, though, over the course of the campaign to suggest that they are enduring a minor blip, with one result all that is required to get them back on the Premier League trail.
They will be hoping to find that spark on the banks of the River Trent, but Forest have already upset them once this season – 2-1 on the south coast back in August – and the Reds have never come unstuck against the Cherries in front of their own supporters in six previous encounters.
- Karl Darlow
- Danny Collins
- Daniel Fox
- Jamaal Lascelles
- Eric Lichaj
- Michail Antonio
- Chris Burke
- Gary Gardner
- Henri Lansbury
- Ben Osborn
- Dexter Blackstock
“I don't think you can give it too much thought when you are so far away. It is a case of remaining consistent and, if we have the same results in the next four games as we have in the last four, we might not be too far away. But you can't talk about the play-offs right now, because it is so difficult to go on such a long run in the Championship.”
- Artur Boruc
- Steve Cook
- Charlie Daniels
- Tommy Elphick
- Simon Francis
- Shaun MacDonald
- Marc Pugh
- Matt Ritchie
- Andrew Surman
- Yann Kermorgant
- Callum Wilson
“We know we’re capable of going on a good run, we’ve proved that before. We’re going to a lovely stadium on Wednesday and we have a couple of home games coming up so we’re still feeling really positive. Teams in and around us are going to be playing each other and teams are going to be dropping points.”
Britt Assombalonga ★★★ out Knee
Chris Cohen ★★★ out Knee
Andy Reid ★★★ out Groin
Matt Ritchie ★★ questionable Leg
Harry Arter ★★★ out Suspended