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Albion v Forest match preview

14th February

Albion will be looking to make it four successive Sky Bet Championship victories when Nottingham Forest visit The Hawthorns on Saturday (ko 12.30pm).

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Nottingham Forest

Their last outing

On Tuesday night Forest were unable to back up their weekend win over Leeds as they fell to a 1-0 defeat against Charlton Athletic at the City Ground.

Lyle Taylor’s goal before the half-hour mark proved to be the difference between the two sides, giving the Addicks an important victory in their fight for survival and bringing Sabri Lamouchi's team their second loss in four outings.

"I changed (the line-up) because we have a lot of games, but it was my mistake," reflected the Reds' boss.

FOREST: Samba; Jenkinson, Figueiredo, Worrall, Bong (Cash 59); Watson, Yates (Da Costa 70); Lolley, Silva (Semedo 59), Diakhaby; Walker.

Substitutes: Muric, Dawson, Carvalho, Mighten.

In the dugout

Lamouchi secured his first job in English football when he took the reigns last June.

The Frenchman’s playing career saw him feature for sides such as Auxerre, Monaco, Parma, Inter Milan, Genoa and Marseille.

Since he’s been in management, Sabri has been at the helm of Ivory Coast, El Jaish and Rennes before taking on the task of steering Forest to the Premier League.

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One to watch

Star striker Lewis Grabban is one of the top scorers in the league after netting 16 times from 31 appearances so far.

He missed Forest's midweek game against Charlton but will certainly be one to keep an eye on if he's fit in time for Saturday's clash.

32-year-old Grabban has been with Forest since July 2016, averaging close to a goal every other game at the City Ground.

Our last league meeting

Albion took on Forest in the opening match of the 2019/20 campaign, coming out 2-1 winners thanks to goals from Kyle Edwards and Matt Phillips despite Matty Cash's opener.

It was the perfect start for Slaven Bilić, who was taking charge of his first competitive Baggies fixture.

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Stats

Albion

 Albion have won three on the bounce since losing 2-1 at Cardiff - their best run since those memorable six successive victories during November and December.

• The Baggies sit six points clear at the top of the Championship and remain the division's highest scorers with 57 goals. They have only been defeated on four occasions in the league this term, four less than any other team.

• Bilić's men have picked up the most points away from home out of any club in the top four divisions (35).

Forest

• Forest currently sit 5th in the table - two points off the automatic promotion places - having picked up 54 points from their 32 games.

• Lamouchi's side have won two of their last five matches, beating Leeds and Brentford but drawing with Reading and losing to Birmingham and Charlton.

 The Reds haven't been defeated on any of their last three trips to The Hawthorns - with their most recent visit a 2-2 draw last February.

Head to head

 

Albion wins

Draws

Forest wins

League

52

25

40

FA Cup

4

7

4

League Cup

2

0

1

Total

58

32

45

Our man to watch

Matheus Pereira was back to his very best at Reading on Wednesday night.

The attacking midfielder scored his first goal since December in the victory and was named in the whoscored.com team of the week for an outstanding performance.

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Ticket news

Tickets are selling fast for this one.

You can secure your seat online, in person from the East Stand Ticket Office or by calling 0121 227 2227.

Prices:

Adults £20-23
Seniors (over 65s) £15-17
Under-23s £15
Under-18s £10
Under-11s £5
Disabled £10

To avoid booking fees and queue times, supporters can print their e-tickets at home or save them to their mobile phone.

All e-ticket purchases are exempt from online booking fees which will save supporters £1.25 on every ticket bought in this way.

Follow the game

Comprehensive coverage of the clash with 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 former Albion defender Gareth McAuley, making his WBA Radio debut, for Baggies-biased live commentary on Saturday.

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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