Competition: Championship Date: Saturday 21st September 2019 Venue: The City Ground  Kick-Off: 15:00 BST Referee: Jarred Gillett

Team News

Nottingham Forest put in an impressive performance away at Swansea last weekend, so changes are likely to be kept to a minimum.

Sabri Lamouchi is, however, in the enviable position of being able to shuffle his pack if he so wishes.

Joe Lolley, who was surprisingly left out of the starting XI at the Liberty Stadium, is likely to come back in, while Jack Robinson will also be eyeing up a recall.

Ben Williams is serving a three-match ban for the Tykes. Kenneth Dougall, Bambo Diaby and Samuel Radlinger are among those nursing knocks.

Match Preview

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Forest return to home soil with their unbeaten run across all competitions extended to eight games.

The Reds have been particularly impressive on the road, with that point highlighted when recording a 1-0 win at Swansea that could have been far more comprehensive.

The challenge now is to replicate that effort and success at the City Ground.

Birmingham are the only side to have been seen off on the banks of the Trent in the league so far and more scalps are required.

If Lamouchi can find a winning formula on Saturday, then Forest should remain upwardly mobile and could break into the top six.

 

Barnsley will, of course, be looking to put a serious dent in those ambitions.

The Tykes are desperate for points for markedly different reasons.

They have just one win to their name so far, with a five-point haul from seven fixtures leaving them inside the relegation zone as things stand.

Predicted Line-ups

Forest: (4-1-4-1): Samba; Cash, Dawson, Worrall, Ribeiro; Watson; Adomah, Sow, Carvalho, Lolley; Grabban

Barnsley: (4-2-3-1): Collins; Cavare, Andersen, Halme, J. Williams; Sibbick, Mowatt; Brown, Woodrow, Thomas; Wilks

One to watch

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Jacob Brown is a highly regarded academy graduate who is being tipped for big things at Oakwell.

He became a first-team regular for the Tykes last season, with a leading role played in the club’s promotion push.

Eight goals were recorded across 38 appearances, with the 21-year-old showing just what he is capable of.

A re-introduction to the Championship, and a first start in the second tier, was delayed by an unfortunate pre-season injury.

Brown was, however, back in Daniel Stendel’s XI for a meeting with Leeds last time out and is determined to make up for lost time.

Tickets

There are still seats available for Saturday’s game, but the match is heading for a sell-out.

Tickets are reasonably priced, with adults starting at £20 and kids just £1, and anyone looking to cheer the boys on can get involved here.

TV and Radio

The game is not televised live in the UK, but supporters outside of England can catch the match on iFollow.

As always, full match commentary will be delivered by BBC Radio Nottingham on frequency 103.8.