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Opposition report: Nottingham Forest

Blues are seeking a third away win in four outings at the City Ground.

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A closer look at this afternoon's Boxing Day opposition....

FORM GUIDE

It's been a tough few months for Forest and at the season's halfway stage, they find themselves one point off the Sky Bet Championship relegation zone.

Most recently, the Reds hit back to secure a 1-1 draw with Millwall, the impressive Alex Mighten scoring his first senior goal to seal a point. Before that they beat Sheffield Wednesday but in general this campaign, Forest have won just four games in 19 Championship matches.

Add to that four draws but 11 defeats has seen the East Midlanders plummet down the league table.

IN THE DUGOUT 

There's a familiar face in the Nottingham Forest coaching staff in the form of Chris Hughton. The former Blues boss took over at the start of October, after the Reds parted company with Sabri Lamouchi - who led the club to 7th place last season. 

Fans from the second city will look back on his time at St Andrews with fondness - he led the team's first Europa League campaign for 50 years. He also guided Blues to a fourth-place finish in the 2011-2012 play-offs, where Blues lost 3-2 over the two legs of the semi-final against Blackpool. 

Hughton has helped his team to 17 points from the 16 games he's overseen since his appointment.

ONE TO WATCH 

After a busy summer, Chris Hughton inherited a large squad and there's one bit of business that really stands out. 

The shrewd signing of former Aberdeen man Scott McKenna appears to be a superb bit of transfer work. Defensively solid and emerging as a real leader on the pitch, the 24-year-old has been a bright spark in the Forest team this season. 

LAST TIME OUT

The last meeting between Blues and Forest ended in a 2-1 win for Pep Clotet's side. Scott Hogan scored on his debut that day, ending Nottingham's seven-match unbeaten run in the process. 

Tiago Silva had put Forest in the lead with his first Championship goal but Hogan levelled, just moments after Lee Camp had saved a penalty. The winner came from an unlikely source - Kristian Pedersen bagging the winner, bundling home from a corner. 

PREVIOUS KNOCKINGS 

Blues and Forest have met a hefty 118 times down the years - that's since their first recorded fixture in December 1894 when Small Heath fell to a 2-1 defeat.

More recently, there's been plenty of games contested between the two outfits, seeing as they've consistently contested Championship games against each other in recent years. 

Since 2010, Blues have sealed 8 wins over Forest, they've lost 6 and there've been 6 draws. 

DID YOU KNOW? 

Forest's famous red home strip have been worn since the club's foundation in 1865. The kit, nicknamed 'Garibaldi red' was made in honour of Guiseppe Garibaldi, the Italian who was the leader of the club's Red Shirt's Association. 

He, along with several others, founded the club that would be known as Nottingham Forest in the Clinton Arm pub in Shakespeare Street.

He was a celebrated freedom fighter, who, with his band of volunteers, helped unite Italy but even more, led to footballing success emerging in the East Midlands. 

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