MATCH FACTS: CARDIFF vs FOREST
Club News1st May
Nottingham Forest vs Cardiff City
Venue: City Ground
Date: Saturday, 2nd May 2015, 12:15pm
The final Bluebirds Sky Bet Championship match of 2014/15 is here as Russell Slade's side head to Nottingham Forest. Both teams looking to secure a place in the top half of the table with victory.
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- Britt Assombalonga netted 15 times for Forest, but is likely to miss at least six more months through injury
- Cardiff edge the head-to-head meetings, winning 22 to Forest's 13
- Forest defeated the Bluebirds, 3-1, during the last meeting at the City Ground in Oct 2012
- Both sides have 59 points, with eight goals separating the two teams
Michail AntonioKEY OPPOSITION PLAYER:
Powerful 25-year-old winger Antonio was signed by former Forest manager Stuart Pearce in the summer months, joining from Sheffield Wednesday. He has appeared in 48 games for Forest in his first season with the club, chipping in with 15 goals so far, making him joint top goal-scorer.
Henri LansburyONE TO WATCH:
Attacking midfielder Henri Lansbury has been in-and-out of the Forest side across the season, but this hasn't affected the former Arsenal man's impressive statistics. Lansbury has starred in 38 league games, hitting the back of the net on 10 occasions from midfield. A former England U21 international and creative spark, Lansbury is a player that shouldn't be given space in the middle of the park.
RECENT FORM (ALL COMPETITIONS)
Cardiff City: DLWLDW
Last time out: Cardiff City 3-2 Blackpool – Saturday, 25th April 2015, Sky Bet Championship
Cardiff City secured a 3-2 victory against Blackpool in their final home match of 2014/15. Joe Mason opened the scoring for the Bluebirds with his first goal since returning to Cardiff City from a loan spell with Bolton before Eoin Doyle doubled the advantage from the penalty spot. Blackpool hit back in the second half through Andrea Orlandi before Doyle's second spot kick seemingly gave Russell Slade's side an unreachable advantage, with Peter Clarke's late goal for the travelling side only a further consolation for Lee Clark's men.
Moore, Turner, Gabbidon, Harris.Subs Not Used: Marshall ©, Peltier, Fabio, Ecuele Manga, Noone (Pilkington, 70), Doyle, Gunnarsson, Ralls (O’Keefe, 22), Mason (Maynard, 85), Kennedy, Morrison. Cardiff City:
Nottingham Forest: LDLLDL
Last time out: Ipswich Town 2-1 Nottingham Forest – Saturday, 25h April 2015, Sky Bet Championship
Ipswich Town moved up to fifth place in the Championship with victory over Nottingham Forest to improve their play-off prospects.
Nottingham Forest: Darlow, Lichaj (Fox), Lascelles, Hobbs, Mancienne, Vaughan, Lansbury, Osborn (Walker), Akpom (Burke), Blackstock, Antonio. Subs Not Used: Kane, Paterson, Evtimov, Grant.
LAST COMPETITIVE MEETING
2014/15: Saturday, 18th October, Championship: Cardiff City 2-1 Nottingham Forest
Cardiff City ended Nottingham Forest’s long unbeaten run in Russell Slade’s first game as manager, thanks to first half goals from Federico Macheda and Peter Whittingham at Cardiff City Stadium. Britt Assombalonga pulled one back as Forest rallied late on, but City held on to claim all three points.
Cardiff City: Marshall ©, Brayford, Manga, Whittingham, le Fondre, Noone, Macheda (Jones), Gunnarsson (Adeyemi, Dæhli), Pilkington, Ralls, S. Morrison. Subs Not Used: Moore, John, Maynard, Gabbidon.
Nottingham Forest: Darlow, Lichaj (Harding), Mancienne ©, Wilson, Fryatt, Assombalonga, Lansbury (Vaughan), Hunt (Veldwijk), Antonio, Burke, Tesche. Subs Not Used: de Vries, Veldwijk, Lascelles, Blackstock, Osborn.