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Preview: Nottingham Forest v Burnley

20 October 2015

Burnley head to the East Midlands looking for a third victory in a row after Andre Gray’s double saw off Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.

The result saw the Clarets move up to fifth in the Sky Bet Championship table and they come up against a Nottingham Forest side who will be hoping to halt a recent slide.

Dougie Freedman’s men are without a win in four games and currently occupy 14th place. Last time out, Aaron Wilbraham scored twice in a 2-0 defeat to Bristol City in front of the Sky cameras.

Nottingham Forest: WLDLL
Burnley: WDLWW

Since joining Nottingham Forest in 2012, former England U21 international midfielder Henri Lansbury has consistently impressed in the Sky Bet Championship.

The 25-year-old netted 11 times in 40 appearances last season as captain and will be hoping to replicate that kind of goalscoring form to help fill the void left by the injury to Britt Assombalonga and the departure of Michail Antonio to West Ham United.

He was subject to interest from a number of clubs in the summer but opted to stay at the City Ground.

Nottingham Forest (Cox 42’) 1-1 Burnley (Vokes 28’ pen)

Burnley: Heaton, Trippier, Mee, Shackell. Duff, Arfield, Edgar, Jones, Kightly (Treacy 62), Vokes, Ings

Subs: Cisak, Lafferty, Stanislas, Stock, Long, Noble

Nottingham Forest: Darlow, Lichaj (Chalobah 46), Cohen, Lansbury, Mackie, Lascelles, Jara, Paterson (Henderson 75), Hobbs, Majewski (Abdoun 69), Cox

Subs: Harding, Tudgay, Derbyshire, De Vries

Referee: Carl Boyeson

Attendance: 22,877 (1,733 Burnley)

Sean Dyche will make a late decision on the fitness of winger George Boyd after he picked up an ankle injury in the win over Bolton Wanderers.

If Boyd is ruled out, Fredrik Ulvestad could be in line for a return to the first-team squad after narrowly missing out on the final 18 at the weekend.

Long-term absentees Kevin Long and Dean Marney are continuing on the road to recovery and the latter is back in full training after minor niggles slowed him down.

For the hosts, full-back Eric Lichaj returns from suspension but are likely to be without defenders Michael Mancienne (hamstring) and Matt Mills (suspended), and midfielders Kyle Ebecilio (hamstring) and Andy Reid (groin).

Stuart Attwell will officiate the Clarets Sky Bet Championship match against Nottingham Forest at The City Ground (7.45pm kick-off).

The Warwickshire official has been in charge of 11 games so far in the 2015/16 season, issuing 30 yellow cards and 2 red cards.

The last Clarets fixture he took charge of was the 1-1 draw against Watford in April 2014, when Scott Arfield’s 86th minute strike cancelled out Troy Deeney’s early effort to secure a point.

Just the one player was booked on that occasion, Marco Faraoni for the Hornets.

Mr Attwell will be assisted by Mr W Barratt, Mr A Hendley and Fourth Official Trevor Kettle.

Sean Dyche: “It's another stern challenge, the Championship is like that. They're another big club who have had a few awkward times of the last few years but they've still got very good players.

"You look at the squad and the strength they've got there even with a few injuries they have been noting. They are certainly not a team we'll be taking lightly but we don't do that against anyone in this division."

Dougie Freedman: “We need to turn the performances, energy and shots into results. The challenge is believing we can do that against a top-six team. It will be tough.

“The advantage Burnley have over most teams in this division is consistency of team selection and manager.

“We need to make sure we compete, play with intensity and defend from the front – that’s our game plan.”

Burnley are the 7/4 outsiders with Sky Bet for victory as they look to make it three wins on the spin when they travel to Nottingham Forest on Tuesday night.
Hosts Forest have been made Sky Bet’s 6/4 favourites for the three points and the draw can be found at 11/5.
Burnley have scored two goals in both of their last two outings and Sky Bet offer 3/1 that the Clarets score exactly two goals once again.

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