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How will Forest line up against Burnley?

We look ahead to Tuesday evening's tough looking game at Turf Moor.

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A game up at Turf Moor is never easy - no more so than this season when the Clarets have only lost twice at home. They've also hit teams for 4 on 3 separate occasions and have won their last 3 games at home, including a smashing of Derby by 4 goals to 1 and an important 1-0 win against fellow title rivals Hull City.


No need to get too disheartened though. On the road, Forest have improved considerably in recent weeks, notching up an impressive away win at Middlesbrough and disposing of Leeds on their own turf.

It seems surprising to learn that Forest have posted only 4 wins on the road this season. It seems like it should be more. Granted, they have become increasingly difficult to beat away from home but only 4 wins? It feels like someone has not totted them up right, that some have been expunged, that there have been more.

To scratch that a little further, those 4 wins have been at QPR, Birmingham, Middlesbrough and Leeds. How impressive are they? At the time, the win at QPR seemed like a significant one against a title chasing team. It wasn't - it was a win against a fellow mid-table team. Birmingham have improved and are handily placed for a tilt at the play offs. Yet, they have a relatively poor home record: losing 6 at St. Andrews. Middlesbrough are clearly a very decent team and have only lost 2 at home all season. They were though experiencing a bit of a stumble when Jamie Ward came to town and stuck the ball into their net. Leeds? Well. A win at Elland Road is almost becoming part and parcel of the Forest furniture these days.

So why the big bucket of scorn on Forest's away record? No reason really. Just to point out that to come away from Turf Moor with 3 points would require possibly the best performance of the season. But you probably knew that anyway.

Besides, with Fawaz laying on free travel for Forest supporters and the game being played on a cold, wet Tuesday night (they always are up there - cold and wet,) and Dougie Freedman's team looking to get straight onto the horse named 'unbeaten', anything could happen.

By all accounts Burnley huffed and puffed a little in disposing of Rotherham on Saturday and Forest are about due a win up there. The last time they did was way back in 2003 thanks to a goals from Marlon Harewood, Andy Reid and Gareth Taylor on a - you've guessed it - Tuesday evening. Darren Ward was in goal that night. That was thirteen years ago.

Anyway, here's a wild stab in the dark regarding what the line up might look like:

Let's hope the 780 or so heroic souls see something better than this from February of 2014: