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Bristol City vs Nottingham Forest preview, predictions & possible XIs

By Mohamed Moallim

Published: 17:45, 22 November 2019 | Updated: 10:58, 28 November 2019

Bristol City welcome Nottingham Forest in the Championship this Saturday afternoon.

It will be a meeting between two sides chasing Premier League promotion and they are both currently sitting in the top six level on 28 points

Forest go into this weekend’s game on the back of a 1-0 win over rivals Derby County prior to the international break, while Bristol City returned to winning ways on the road at Cardiff City (1-0) after registering back-to-back draws.

Read on for our Bristol City v Nottingham Forest preview, predictions, team news and TV coverage information.

When is Bristol City vs Nottingham Forest and where can I watch live?

Competition: Championship

Venue: Ashton Gate

Date: Saturday, 23 November 2019

Kick-off: 3:00 PM (UK time)

TV coverage (UK): N/A

Last five meetings: Bristol City vs Nottingham Forest

19 January 2019: Nottingham Forest 0-1 Bristol City (Championship)

04 August 2018: Bristol City 1-1 Nottingham Forest (Championship)

28 April 2018: Nottingham Forest 0-0 Bristol City (Championship)

16 December 2017: Bristol City 2-1 Nottingham Forest (Championship)

21 January 2017: Nottingham Forest 1-0 Bristol City (Championship)

Aggregate Score: Bristol City (WDDWL) 4-3 Nottingham Forest (LDDLW)

Ones to watch

Bristol City: Niclas Eliasson

Niclas Eliasson has been first class for Bristol City on the wings this season. The 23-year-old Swedish midfielder has created no fewer than six goals across 12 league appearances. That being said, he has only started in three of those outings.

Eliasson is expected to come off the bench once again this weekend, and when he does Forest could find themselves in a bit of difficulty.

Key stat: No one has recorded more assists in the Championship this season than Niclas Eliasson (6).

Nottingham Forest: Lewis Grabban

It would be harsh to describe Nottingham Forest as a one-man team but they have been somewhat reliant on Lewis Grabban’s goals of late.

The much-travelled striker has struck in their last two outings, including scoring the all-important winning goal against Derby before the recent international break. His seven goals in the league so far this season is four more than Forest’s second-highest scorer.

Key stat: Lewis Grabban is responsible for 35% of Nottingham Forest’s league goals this season (7/20).

Team news

Bristol City

Daniel Bentley looks set to miss this weekend’s clash after sustaining a shoulder injury meaning veteran Finnish ‘keeper Niki Mäenpää will fill in goal. Famara Diédhiou, meanwhile, is back from his suspension.

Predicted XI: Maenpaa; Williams, Baker, Kalas; Pereira, Brownhill, O’Dowda, Nagy, Rowe; Watkins, Weimann.

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Nottingham Forest

Sabri Lamouchi has a fully available squad to choose from this weekend, with Carl Jenkinson, Yohan Benalouane, Alfa Semedo and Michael Helefe all in contention.

The Forest boss is expected to make retain his starting lineup from last time out, though a couple of players including João Carvalho and Albert Adomah are pushing for starts.

Predicted XI: Samba; Cash, Worrall, Figueiredo, Ribeiro; Silva, Watson, Yates; Ameobi, Grabban, Silva

Squawka prediction

This is expected to be a close affair with both teams enjoying good form of late. Bristol City, being the home side, know the onus is on them to dictate proceedings and they may nick this one – though Forest will push their hosts close.

Scoreline prediction: Bristol City 2-1 Nottingham Forest