Nottingham Forest v Portsmouth preview

Team news for Saturday's Championship clash between Nottingham Forest and Portsmouth at The City Ground.

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Striker: Expected to feature

Striker: Expected to feature

Marcus Tudgay returns to the Nottingham Forest squad for the visit of Portsmouth.

The striker was ineligible against Preston in the FA Cup having already played in the competition for former club Sheffield Wednesday.

Tudgay will challenge fit-again David McGoldrick and Robert Earnshaw for a place in the starting line-up.

Boss Billy Davies has plenty of attacking options, with Dele Adebola, Garath McCleary and Nathan Tyson also available for recalls.

Captain Paul McKenna and fellow midfielder Radoslaw Majewski are also in contention to return to the team.

Forest are unbeaten at the City Ground in 31 Championship matches and have lost just one game in all competitions since they were beaten in the reverse fixture at Fratton Park at the end of October.

Dave Kitson and Greg Halford are suspended for Pompey's trip to Nottingham.

Striker Kitson starts a three-match ban after he was sent off early on during last weekend's FA Cup defeat at Brighton.

Defender Halford rejoined the Fratton Park outfit on loan from Wolves until the end of the season on Thursday, but he is still suspended following his red card against Watford on New Year's Day.

Midfielders Richard Hughes and Michael Brown are again ruled out due to their ongoing contract issues.

However, winger Liam Lawrence and defender Ricardo Rocha will bolster manager Steve Cotterill's threadbare squad.

Lawrence has not trained all week after suffering a hip injury at Brighton, but has declared himself fit, while Rocha is poised to return from a hamstring problem.

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Championship Fixtures

Friday, 18 April 2014
15:00
Blackburn v Yeovil  
Bournemth v Sheff Wed
Charlton v Bolton  
Huddersfld v Brighton  
Wigan v Reading  
17:15
Blackpool v Burnley
19:30
Doncaster v Derby  
Saturday, 19 April 2014
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Leicester v QPR  
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Barnsley v Leeds  
Middlesbro' v Millwall  

Sky Bet Championship

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Leicester 42 35 90
2 Burnley 42 31 83
3 Derby 42 27 75
4 QPR 42 15 73
5 Wigan 41 14 67
6 Reading 42 13 64
7 Brighton 42 12 64
8 Ipswich 42 8 64
9 Bournemth 42 1 62
10 Blackburn 42 3 60
11 N Forest 42 4 59
12 Middlesbro' 42 10 58
13 Watford 41 16 57
14 Bolton 42 -2 54
15 Sheff Wed 42 0 50
16 Leeds 42 -9 50
17 Huddersfld 42 -9 46
18 Birmingham 41 -10 43
19 Doncaster 42 -26 43
20 Blackpool 42 -26 42
21 Charlton 41 -24 41
22 Millwall 42 -30 40
23 Barnsley 42 -28 39
24 Yeovil 42 -25 36

Updated Wed, 16 Apr 2014

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