Cardiff v Forest. Match preview

Last updated : 21 April 2018 By Michael Morris

C:WindowsTempphp11CC.tmpCardiff City hope influential defender Sol Bamba will make Nottingham Forest's Sky Bet Championship visit on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports.

Bamba was forced off in the first half of last weekend's win at Norwich after tweaking his groin but has returned to training. On loan duo Jamie Ward and Armand Traore are ineligible to play against their parent club.

Joe Ralls and Jazz Richards are both nearing full fitness but may have to wait until Tuesday's trip to Derby to be involved.

Forest could include striker Daryl Murphy after a month out with a calf problem. But goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon is a doubt after missing a few days of training through what has been described as a "personal issue", and Greek youngster Stefanos Kapino is standing by to make his debut.

Joe Worrall (knee) and David Vaughan (ankle) are definitely out. Lee Tomlin, who joined Forest on loan from Cardiff in January, is unable to play against his parent club.

Opta stats

Cardiff have won seven of their last eight league matches against Forest, drawing the other.

Nottingham Forest have only picked up one point from their last five league visits to Cardiff (W0 D1 L4) since a 2-0 win in November 2010.

Nottingham Forest have conceded a league-high 24 goals via set-pieces (inc. penalties) this season - 12 of which have come from corners, another division-most.

Junior Hoilett has provided 11 assists in league competition this season, as many as he made in his previous four campaigns combined (122 apps, incl. play-offs).

Cardiff's victory over Norwich last time out was their 25th in the Championship this season - their joint-most wins in a single season in the second tier alongside 2012-13 (a season in which they won the title).

Forest have failed to score in 18 different league games this season - only Birmingham and Burton (both 20) have done so more often.

Match officials

Assistants: Daniel Leach and Timothy Wood
Fourth Official: Andy Woolmer