Barnsley are boosted by the return to fitness of defenders Lewin Nyatanga and Martin Cranie.
Nyatanga, 25 who joined the club in the summer from Bristol City is yet to make his second “debut” after picking up a knee injury just before the opening day of the season whilst 26 year old Cranie suffered the same fate in the Capital One Cup tie with Scunthorpe back in August.
The Reds rearguard is further bolstered by the arrivial of Peter Ramage on loan from Crystal Palace and he could be set for his debut
There will be one enforced change upfront however with Marcus Pedersen, who opened his goal account last time out, sidelined with an ankle injury picked up on international duty. He is likely to be replaced by Chris Dagnall.
Paddy McCourt is also pushing for a debut after building up his fitness during the last fortnight of training.
Last time out - Barnsley Team: Mike Pollitt Tom Kennedy Scott Wiseman Jim McNulty Scott Golbourne Jim O’Brien Stephen Dawson Jacob Mellis Kelvin Etutu Chris O’Grady Marcus Pedersen Head To Head Last Six Nottingham Forest v Barnsley results: 20/4/13 Nottingham Forest 0-0 Barnsley (Championship) 27/10/12 Barnsley 1-4 Nottingham Forest (Championship) 3/3/12 Barnsley 1-1 Nottingham Forest (Championship) 6/8/11 Nottingham Forest 0-0 Barnsley (Championship) 1/1/11 Nottingham Forest 2-2 Barnsley (Championship) 16/10/10 Barnsley 3-1 Nottingham Forest (Championship) Overall Record: Nottingham Forest Wins: 26 Barnsley Wins: 23 Draws: 21 Nottingham Forest Goals: 105 Barnsley Goals: 95 At City Ground: Nottingham Forest Wins: 18 Barnsley Wins: 7 Draws: 11 Nottingham Forest Goals: 65 Barnsley Goals: 34 First Met In League: Barnsley 0-1 Nottingham Forest Saturday 29th September 1906. Biggest Win: Barnsley 5-0 Nottingham Forest Saturday 17th January 1914. Biggest Defeat: Nottingham Forest 7-1 Barnsley Saturday 9th February 1957. Last Home Win: Barnsley (Nathan Doyle 4, Andy Gray 56, Jacob Butterfield 87) 3-1 Nottingham Forest (Lewis McGugan 68) Saturday 16th October 2010. Last Away Win: Nottingham Forest 0-2 Barnsley (Marc Richards 15,31) Friday 27th January 2006. Last Home Draw: Barnsley (Craig Davies 79) 1-1 Nottingham Forest (Gareth McCleary 33) Saturday 3rd March 2012. Last Away Draw: Nottingham Forest 0-0 Barnsley Saturday 20th April 2013. Last Home Defeat: Barnsley ( Marlon Harewood 24) 1-4 Nottingham Forest (Greg Halford 35, Simon Cox 42, Chris Cohen 45, Jermaine Jenas 77) Saturday 27th October 2012. Last Away Defeat: Nottingham Forest (Guy Moussi 90) 1-0 Barnsley Tuesday 20th October 2009. Last Away Meeting: Saturday 20th April 2013. Nottingham Forest 0-0 Barnsley Nottingham Forest: Karl Darlow, Sam Hutchinson (Danny Collins 22), Greg Halford, Elliott Ward, Adlene Guedioura, Chris Cohen, Andy Reid, Henri Lansbury (Lewis McGugan 66), Radoslaw Majewski (Dexter Blackstock 83), Simon Cox, Billy Sharp. Unused Subs: Khaled Al-Rashidi, Guy Moussi, Jonathan Greening, Marcus Tudgay. Barnsley: Luke Steele, Scott Wiseman, Martin Cranie, Tom Kennedy, Jim O’Brien (Marlon Harewood 77), David Perkins, Andrai Jones, Jacob Mellis, Jason Scotland (Chris Dagnall 56), Reuben Noble-Lazarus (Tomasz Cywka 67) Unused Subs: Ben Alnwick, Rob Edwards, Dennis Knight, Danny Rose. Still at respective clubs: Nottingham Forest: 14 Huddersfield: 16 This Season Last six 2013-2014 results: Nottingham Forest 31/8/13 Wigan - Nottingham Forest (Championship) 28/8/13 Nottingham Forest 2-1 Millwall (League Cup) 25/8/13 Watford 1-1 Nottingham Forest (Championship) 17/8/13 Nottingham Forest 3-0 Bolton (Championship) 10/8/13 Blackburn 0-1 Nottingham Forest (Championship) 6/8/13 Nottingham Forest 3-1 Hartlepool (League Cup) W: 4 D: 1 L: 1 F: 12 A: 6 GD: +6 Points: 7 (two wins in League Cup) Barnsley: 31/8/13 Barnsley – Huddersfield (Championship) 27/8/13 Barnsley 1-5 Southampton (League Cup) 24/8/13 Blackburn 5–2 Barnsley (Championship) 17/8/13 Barnsley 2-2 Charlton (Championship) 10/8/13 Blackpool 1–0 Barnsley (Championship) 6/8/13 Barnsley 0–0 Scunthorpe (League Cup) W: 0 D: 2 L: 4 F: 5 A: 17 GD: -11 Points: 1 (one draw in the League Cup) Interesting Stats Four of the last six meetings between these two clubs have ended in draws, and both of the last two at the City Ground have been goal-less. The Reds need one more win to level the head-head up at 26 wins apiece. Barnsley have failed to win any of their last five trips to the City Ground and just one of the last 14 stretching back to 1948. A 1-0 win in September 1948 was the last time Barnsley won there in the second tier but they are undefeated in their last three visits, all draws. As mentioned before the most recent two were 0-0 blanks but Barnsley are yet to keep a clean sheet in the Championship this season. Nottingham Forest have started the season in fine form with their 2-1 defeat at Wigan last time out ending their run of four wins and two draws from their opening six games. However those two stalemates immediately preceeded the defeat at the DW Stadium, meaning Billy Davies’ side have failed to win any of their last three matches. They have won three and drawn one of their four games at the City Ground so far this season and their home defeat to Leicester on the final day of last season is their only reverse on their own patch in the last 12 matches. On This Day:
Played: 19 Won: 6 Drawn: 3 Lost: 10 Scored 23 Conceded 29.
Last match on the 14th Seprember: 2010 Preston (Parkin) 1-2 Nottingham Forest (McGugan 2) Att: 9,779.
Last win: 2010
Last draw: 1968
Last defeat: 2004
STAT! – Nottingham Forest won their last match on this date but have lost four of the last seven.
Played: 21 Won: 8 Drawn: 6 Lost: 7 Scored 35 Conceded 39.
Last match on the 14th September: 2010. Barnsley (O’Connor, O’Brien, Arismendi, Collins og, Hammill) 5-2 Leeds (Howson, Somma). ATT: 20,309.
Last win: 2010 Last draw: 2002
Last defeat: 1996
STAT! – Barnsley have lost just one of their last 14 matches on this date.
Saturday 14th September 2013:
Burnley v Blackburn
Bolton v Leeds
Bournemouth v Blackpool
Huddersfield v Doncaster
Ipswich v Middlesbrough
Leicester v Wigan
Millwall v Derby
QPR v Birmingham
Sheffield Wednesday v Yeovil
Watford v Charlton
Sunday 15th September 2013:
Reading v Brighton