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1 December 2017

A look at Saturday’s clash as Blues host Nottingham Forest at Portman Road

Current standings: A win at Derby on Tuesday saw Town leapfrog Forest into ninth place, with Mick McCarthy’s side now just three points off the Play-Offs and only behind Middlesbrough, in seventh, on goal difference. Forest sit 10th and are one of just two teams (along with Bristol Rovers) yet to draw a game in England’s top four flights this season.

League form:
Town - 8/15 points.                                                                    
Preston (H) W 3-0                                                                       
Hull (A) D 2-2                                                                               
Sheff Wed (H) D 2-2                                                                    
Aston Villa (A) L 2-0                                                                    
Derby (A) W 1-0

Forest - 6/15 points
Reading (A) L 3-1
QPR (H) W 4-0
Birmingham (A) L 1-0
Norwich (H) W 1-0
Cardiff (H) L0-2

Last time we met: Forest 3-0 Town 07.05.17
Britt Assombalonga netted a brace as Nottingham Forest avoided relegation via goal difference by beating Town on the final day of last season. Assombalonga’s penalty just before half-time settled Forest’s nerves, before Chris Cohen doubled the advantage with a deflected strike in the 57th minute. Assombalonga then made sure of the three points for Mark Warburton’s side with a fine solo strike 20 minutes from time.

Previous meetings at Portman Road:
19.11.16 Town 0-2 Forest
05.03.16 Town 1-0 Forest
25.04.15 Town 2-1 Forest
29.03.14 Town 1-1 Forest
27.11.12 Town 3-1 Forest

One to watch: Daryl Murphy
The former Blue has seven Championship goals for Forest this campaign, including a winner against Norwich in November. Murphy obviously boasts an impressive record at Portman Road having spent three loan spells at the Club before signing permanently in 2013. The Republic of Ireland international also netted a consolation goal for Newcastle in a 3-1 defeat to Town last season.

Could be the difference: Forest in the final 15.
34.6% of Forest’s goals this season have come between the 75th and 90th minute (15.4% more than any other 15 minute period) and 12% more than Town have scored in the same period.





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