Competition: Championship Date: Saturday 17th August 2019 Venue: The City Ground  Kick-Off: 15:00 BST Referee: Tony Harrington

Team News

Forest boss Sabri Lamouchi will be without Joao Carvalho once again as he recovers from an injury picked up in pre-season.

The French boss made nine changes to his starting eleven for Tuesday’s EFL Cup game and several players should be restored.

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Birmingham have no fresh injury concerns and Pep Clotet could name the same team which drew with Bristol City last weekend.

Match Preview

Forest will hope to kick on after securing their first win of the campaign against Fleetwood in the EFL Cup on Tuesday.

With such a large squad of players to choose from, Lamouchi will hope to quickly establish his strongest side and push on from there.

 

Forest battled valiantly during the second half against Leeds last weekend and in the end, deserved their point.

It’s not a concern just yet but the Reds will be keen to get that first win of the domestic campaign on the board as soon as possible. Doing so at the City Ground would be just the tonic for the club’s supporters.

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Birmingham have started the season really well with four points from games against Brentford and Bristol City.

It was a summer of upheaval for the Blues with manager Garry Monk departing, being replaced by his assistant Pep Clotet.

Things have started well, however, and they will hope to continue their promising start when they arrive on Trentside.

Predicted Line-ups

Forest: (4-2-3-1): Muric; Jenkinson, Worrall, Dawson, Robinson; Semedo, Sow; Adomah, Tiago Silva, Lolley; Grabban

Birmingham: (5-4-1): Camp; Colin, Dean, Roberts, Pedersen, Villalba; Sunjic, Gardner, Davis, Crowley; Jutkiewicz

One to watch

Lukas Jutkiewicz has proved a thorn in Forest’s side in the past and that doesn’t look like it will change here.

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The target man appears to be getting better with age and netted his first goal of the campaign in last week’s draw with Bristol City.

During 2018/19 he netted 14 goals and registered 10 assists, including a goal in a 2-2 draw with Forest at the start of last season.

Tickets

The club does still have tickets available for Saturday’s game.

Home Tickets can be purchased via the club’s official website.

Birmingham has sold out their allocation for the fixture.

TV and Radio

The game is not televised but full match commentary will be available on BBC Radio Nottingham.