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Friday, 27 November 2020

Match preview: Swansea City v Nottingham Forest


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Nottingham Forest head to South Wales to face Swansea City tomorrow (kick-off 3pm)

The Reds ended the first set of games in fine form and seven games unbeaten and travel to the Liberty Stadium in good spirits as they look to continue their run of results.

Forest are also unbeaten away from home this season and will be looking for another positive result against the high-flying Swans.

Team news

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Forest have a few injury absentees for the trip to Swansea, with Carl Jenkinson and Rafa Mir sidelined.

Head coach Sabri Lamouchi said: “We are the same players as the last game. Ryan Yates ran a little bit on Thursday for the first time which is very positive. But Jenkinson, Darikwa, Hefele, Benalouane and Rafa Mir need more time.

“Jenkinson will be out for a few weeks, unfortunately. It is his ankle and it is unfortunate for him and for us because he had been playing well. He gave us more options and now we need to manage the group and be patient with him.

“I hope Rafa Mir will be back next week or next two weeks maximum. He has injured his left leg and needs some rest.”

He said: “They’re an experienced team with lots of well known players. They know their way around the league. I’ve made the players aware of that.

“They’ve only lost one game which was the first game of the season. They’ve been in every game fighting for a result. If we get it right it’s got the makings of a good game.”

He added: “They scored fairly early at Fulham, I wouldn’t say they’ll be sitting off and just defensively minded. Yes they are good defensively but I see a good football match coming up.

“We’ve just got to focus on what we bring to it. They’re in good form and it’s got the makings of a good match.”


James Linington is the man in the middle at the Liberty Stadium tomorrow, having refereed five games already this season, showing 14 yellow cards and one red.

Linington took charge of two Forest games last season, both ending in victories for The Reds as he oversaw the 2-0 win against Ipswich and the 3-0 defeat of Hull, both at The City Ground.


Other fixtures

All fixtures to be played at 3pm on Saturday unless otherwise stated:

Derby vs Cardiff (Friday, 7.45pm)
Fulham vs West Brom (12.30pm)
Blackburn vs Millwall
Charlton vs Birmingham
Hull vs Wigan
Middlesbrough vs Reading
Preston vs Brentford
QPR vs Luton
Stoke vs Bristol City
Huddersfield vs Sheffield Wednesday (Sunday, 12pm)
Barnsley vs Leeds (Sunday, 12.30pm)