Preview: Nottingham Forest vs. Ipswich Town

Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies clenches his fist in celebration on February 16, 2013
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Sports Mole previews Saturday's Championship clash between playoff rivals Nottingham Forest and Ipswich.

Nottingham Forest will look to consolidate their position in the playoffs when they host Ipswich Town in the Championship on Saturday.

Forest will go into the match sitting fifth in the table, but they are just two points clear of ninth-placed Ipswich and only in the top six ahead of Blackpool on goal difference.

Billy Davies's team have lost just one of their last five matches but have dropped points to promotion rivals Burnley and Reading in that time.

The hosts are in poor form at The City Ground having failed to win any of their last four games in front of their own fans, drawing twice and losing twice.

Davies does not have any new injury concerns to worry about but he will still be without Kelvin Wilson, Chris Cohen and Danny Collins, while David Vaughan remains a doubt.

Ipswich, meanwhile, will be looking to continue their recent run of good form and could end the day in the playoff positions if they pick up three points and other results go their way.

Mick McCarthy's side have been beaten just once in their last seven outings and four of their last five matches have seen the Tractor Boys come away with all three points.

Ipswich will be buoyed by their recent away form too, having gone five matches unbeaten on their travels, last losing away from home on September 22.

McCarthy has a fully-fit squad to choose from and is likely to name an unchanged side to the one that left it late to beat Huddersfield 2-1 last weekend.

Recent form

Nottm Forest: LWDLDW

Ipswich: DWLWWW

Possible starting lineups

Nottm Forest: Darlow; Harding, Lascelles, Hobbs, Halford; Reid, Jara, Abdoun, Lansbury; Cox, Mackie

Ipswich: Gerken; Chambers, Berra, Smith, Cresswell; Anderson, Hyam, Skuse, Nouble; Murphy, McGoldrick

Sports Mole says: 1-1

Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies clenches his fist in celebration on February 16, 2013
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