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Nottingham Forest v Albion match preview

6 August 2018

ALBION play their first away game of the 2018/19 season against Nottingham Forest at the City Ground on Tuesday.

The opposition 

Forest kicked off their campaign with a 1-1 draw at Bristol City on the weekend.

They finished 17th in the Sky Bet Championship last season, with current manager Aitor Karanka taking over midway through the year.

The Reds boss has had a busy summer - bringing in a whole host of new signings such as Joao Carvalho from Benfica, Michael Dawson from Hull City, Lewis Grabban from Bournemouth and Costel Pantilimon from Watford.

Last time out 

The most recent fixture between the teams at the City Ground was a 1-0 win for Albion in August 2009.

Chris Cohen’s own goal was enough to see the Baggies earn all three points despite Robert Earnshaw’s penalty miss.

Stats

Albion

  • Chris Brunt will make his 300th league start for Albion if he’s included in Darren Moore’s starting XI on Tuesday.
  • The Baggies’ next win on the road in the league will be our 250th away victory in the second tier.
  • Albion have won all of their last three visits to the City Ground.

Nottingham Forest

  • Forest are looking to return to the Premier League for the first time since 1999 this season, with Karanka hoping to win his second promotion to the English top flight after doing it with Middlesbrough in 2016.
  • The Spaniard has won five, drawn seven and lost 10 of his 22 competitive games in charge of the Club so far.
  • Albion and Forest have met twice in August since the turn of the century, with the Baggies winning one and the Reds winning the other.

From the archive

Here are the highlights from that narrow victory last time out in the Championship.

Head to head

The overall head-to-head record sees Albion come out on top.

Of the 132 matches that have been played, Albion have won 57 times, there have been 30 draws and Nottingham Forest have been victorious on 45 occasions.

Man in the middle

The referee for Sunday’s game is Tim Robinson, and he’ll be assisted by Jonathan Hunt and Matthew McGrath - with Darren England as the fourth official.

Ticket news

Albion have SOLD OUT their away allocation at the City Ground.

Kit news

The Baggies will don the famous yellow-and-green stripes, with green shorts and socks. 

Follow the game

Comprehensive coverage of the clash with Nottingham Forest is available in our Match Centre, where you can listen to live commentary on WBA Radio or follow our live text feed.

WBA Radio is the only service that allows Baggies fans around the world - from Smethwick to the Sahara - access to uninterrupted live commentaries from every one of our competitive games. iFollow subscribers can join Gez Mulholland and Dave Bowler for Baggies-biased live commentary on Tuesday.

International supporters who have an iFollow subscription may be able to live stream the game depending on where they are located around the world. To find out, click here

You’ll also be able to find score updates on the club's social media channels.

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