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Match Preview: Nottingham Forest

Posted: Fri 05 Apr 2013
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A Look Ahead To Tomorrow's Game

The Seasiders travel to one of the in-form sides in the npower Championship tomorrow as they take on Billy Davies' Nottingham Forest at the City Ground.

Paul Ince will have to make at least one change for the game as Barry Ferguson serves a one-match suspension, following his sending off in the win over Crystal Palace on Easter Monday.

Marko Futacs' loan has come to an end, while Matt Derbyshire is unable to play due to the loan agreement with Forest, which states he can't play against his parent club.

Davies' side will be looking to continue with their play-off push following a great run of six wins and three draws in their last nine games.

Head-To-Head

The Seasiders have faced Forest on 79 occasions competitively, with Blackpool winning 26, losing 29 and drawing 24.

Previous Meetings

Tuesday 23 October - Blackpool 2-2 Nottingham Forest

Saturday 14 April - Nottingham Forest 0-0 Blackpool

Nottingham Forest

Billy Davies is the third manager that has took charge of Forest this season after Sean O'Driscoll and Alex McLeish were both sacked earlier in the campaign.

O'Driscoll was fired on Boxing Day after the 4-2 victory over Leeds United and was replaced by McLeish the day after.

The former Birmingham manager was in charge for just seven games though, winning one of those matches, before he was sacked and replaced by Davies.

Stat Attack

- Matty Phillips' strike against Palace on Monday took The Seasiders' tally to 21 for goals scored in the final 15 minutes of games this season

- Blackpool's most common away scoreline is 1-1, which has happened on five occasions this campaign.

- Billy Sharp is Nottingham Forest's top scorer with ten goals so far this season.

- Forest are currently on the longest unbeaten run in The Championship (nine games)

Referee

Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire)

The last game Mr. Pawson refereed involving The Seasiders was the 1-1 draw with Birmingham City at Bloomfield Road in November this season.

Thomas Ince opened the scoring after 17 minutes only for Curtis Davies to equalise shortly after the interval.