To be played on Saturday 21st March 2015 at 15:00. Venue: Carrow Road, Norwich
Odds: Norwich 4/6, Draw 14/5, Forest 4/1
Every point is vital at this stage of the season, but both Norwich City and Nottingham Forest could do with taking all three at Carrow Road on Saturday.
Obviously that can’t happen, but both sides should be expected to go all out in pursuit of another timely success.
Norwich remain in the hunt for automatic promotion, but back-to-back draws have dropped them off the pace and they now sit five points adrift of the top two.
They displayed commendable battling qualities to snatch a point at Huddersfield Town in midweek – hitting back on a two occasions, including a 98th-minute leveller, to claim a 2-2 draw.
More of the same will be required on home soil this weekend, with Alex Neil aware of the need to build momentum in the midst of a congested Championship pack.
Forest certainly have the wind in their sails, but their charge under Dougie Freedman may have come too late.
Despite their heroic efforts under the Scot’s guidance – with 23 points taken from the last 30 on offer – they remain eight points adrift of the play-off places.
Anything less than another victory in Norfolk could see them ruled out of the running and attention turned towards next season – following a full pre-season under the guidance of their new boss.
- John Ruddy
- Sebastien Bassong
- Russell Martin
- Martin Olsson
- Steven Whittaker
- Graham Dorrans
- Bradley Johnson
- Jonny Howson
- Nathan Redmond
- Gary Hooper
- Cameron Jerome
“If we have any aspirations to be near the top end of the table we have to be winning games, and I have told the players that as well. The disappointment comes from the fact that we have given ourselves a much more difficult task between now and the end of the season to see if we can finish in that top two, when we were in a fantastic position.”
- Karl Darlow
- Jamaal Lascelles
- Eric Lichaj
- Michael Mancienne
- Kelvin Wilson
- Michail Antonio
- Chris Burke
- Gary Gardner
- Henri Lansbury
- Ben Osborn
- Dexter Blackstock
“I think we’re an outside chance, but there’s more pressure on the teams above us to get results because they’re closer. In the position we’re in we’ve just got to take it game by game and see if other results go our way. We’re one of the hot teams in the Championship at the moment and hopefully we can just keep that going.”
Ryan Bennett ★★ questionable Hamstring
Lewis Grabban ★★★ out Ankle
Britt Assombalonga ★★★ out Knee
Andy Reid ★★★ out Groin
Chris Cohen ★★★ out Knee