Preston v Nottingham Forest preview
Last Updated: 22/12/17 11:26am
Preston are set to be without full-back Darnell Fisher for the visit of Nottingham Forest in the Sky Bet Championship.
Fisher, who has started the last two-games at left-back, was forced off during Saturday's victory over Sheffield United with a hip injury. The problem is not thought to be serious but the Forest game is likely to come too soon.
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He would join Josh Earl (knee), Tommy Spurr (knee), Greg Cunningham and Sean Maguire (both hamstring) on the sidelines.
Forest boss Mark Warburton will assess the fitness of Danny Fox and midfielder Chris Cohen ahead of the game. Defender Fox is close to returning from a knee injury, while club captain Cohen - who has not played since August - is also nearing a comeback following inflammation in both his knees.
Defender Jack Hobbs suffered a setback in training as he recovers from a back injury and will be assessed ahead of the match. The visitors, who have lost three of their last four games, are looking to return to winning ways after a 2-1 defeat to high-flying Bristol City on Saturday.
Preston have won just one of their last nine matches against Forest in all competitions (D4 L4).
None of the last 62 league matches between these sides have ended goalless - the last one was 107 years ago in March 1910.
Preston are the only side in the Championship yet to score a goal in the opening 15 minutes of a game this season. Their earliest goal in the league this term arrived in the 18th minute.
Preston North End have committed 311 fouls in the Championship this season; a joint-league high alongside Ipswich Town. They have also been given the most yellow cards (53).
Nottingham Forest's last 29 league games have all produced a winner (W13 D0 L16) - a run going back to their last draw on April 1st.
Forest have lost four successive away games in the league - they haven't lost five in a row in league competition since March 2010 (seven in a row).