Burnley v Nottingham Forest
22/2/14 (kick-off 3pm)
Burnley and Nottingham Forest meet for the third time this season with just five points separating the two teams in the Championship table. Following Derby County’s win at Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday, the Clarets are now two points clear in second place, having come from behind to draw away against Bournemouth last weekend.
Today’s visitors find themselves fifth in the league standings after a busy week which saw them go out of the FA Cup at the hands of Sheffield United on Sunday and draw at home to Championship leaders Leicester City on Wednesday night.
However, Forest arrive in Burnley unbeaten in 14 league games as the Clarets attempt to extend their own undefeated record to ten matches and extend the gap over the Reds to eight points.
Last Five Matches:
Nottm Forest Star Man: Andy Reid
The Irishman is still going strong at the age of 31, making up a key part of Billy Davies’ promotion-chasing pack. Reid returned to the club where he began his professional career in the summer of 2011, following six years spent away from the City Ground. And the left-footed midfielder has been in an inspiring form this season, having already registered an impressive 11 league assists – less only than Burnley’s very own Kieran Trippier (12)!
Last Time Out:
Bournemouth 1-1 Burnley
Bournemouth: Camp – Francis, Elphick, Cook, Harte – Ritchie, O’Kane (MacDonald, 45), Arter, Pugh – Grabban (Pitman, 86), Rantie (Kermorgant, 70)
Subs not used: Allsop, Surman, Smith, Fraser
Burnley: Heaton – Trippier, Duff, Shackell, Mee – Arfield (Treacy, 61), Marney, Jones, Kightly (Wallace, 61) – Ings, Vokes (Barnes, 82)
Subs not used: Cisak, Long, Edgar, Stanislas
Attendance: 10,422 (1,406)
Forest 2-2 Leicester
Nottm Forest: Darlow – Halford, Lascelles, Collins, Fox (Harding, 78) – Majewski, Jara, Reid (Djebbour, 86) – Mackie, Cox (Henderson, 62), Paterson
Subs not used: de Vries, Greening, Abdoun, Derbyshire
Leicester: Schmeichel – De Laet, Wasilewski, Morgan, Konchesky – Knockaert (Mahrez, 70), James, Drinkwater, Dyer (Moore, 64) – Nugent (Phillips, 71), Vardy
Subs not used: Logan, Hammond, King, Wood
Last meeting at Turf Moor:
League Cup Third Round
Burnley 2 (Ings 45, 68), Forest 1 (Derbyshire 24)
Burnley: Heaton – Trippier, Long, Shackell, Mee – Treacy (Arfield, 83), Marney (Stock, 34), Edgar, Stanislas – Ings, Vokes (Kightly, 88)
Subs not used: Cisak, Lafferty, O’Neill, Noble
Nottm Forest: de Vries – Jara, Lascelles, Collins, Harding – Majewski (Miller, 73), Moussi (Cohen, 64), Gillett – Derbyshire, Blackstock (Cox, 64), Paterson
Subs not used: Al-Rashidi, Halford, Abdoun, Tudgay
Sean Dyche has confirmed he has a full squad to choose from ahead of this fixture.
Forest will be without defender Kelvin Wilson, midfielders Henri Lansbury and David Vaughan, club captain Chris Cohen and striker Dexter Blackstock who are all injured. Jack Hobbs (ankle) and Eric Lichaj (groin) are also unlikely to feature.
Stat of the Day:
A victory would result in Burnley bettering their points tally registered in the whole of last season.
Sean Dyche: “Forest have spent a hell of a lot of money since pre-season and they have brought in some real quality. They are a very big club, considerably backed by their owner. Their manager has been there, seen and done it and he knows there are big expectations at Forest this year. People have been surprised they have not been higher up the table.
“I think it is fair to say they have the deepest squad of players in the division. They made eleven changes for the League Cup tie and that team still looked like a good Championship side! The other night they had seven players in the starting eleven who have played in the Premier League!
“Therefore, we remain aware of the opposition. However, our design is to be ready to approach the game with the right attitude and deliver a performance that can win.”
Billy Davies: “We’re looking forward to the exciting matches which lie ahead. That’s what competing at the top end of the table is all about. Every point is a prisoner between now and the end of the season so we’ll keep fighting to take as many as we can.”
Referee: Mr A D’Urso
Today’s Championship fixtures (kick-off 3pm unless stated)
Saturday 22nd February 2014
Middlesbrough v Leeds United 12:15
Barnsley v Millwall
Blackpool v Birmingham
Bolton v Watford
Brighton v Wigan Athletic
Charlton v QPR
Derby County v Bournemouth
Huddersfield v Sheffield Wed
Leicester City v Ipswich Town
Reading v Blackburn
Yeovil Town v Doncaster
For an up-to-date Championship table, please CLICK HERE