PompeyFrippy's 'Vital Statistics' ahead of Forest's trip, and a quick return of Steve Cotterill, to Fratton tomorrow.
Nottingham Forest: * Despite a poor start which saw Forest pick up just 8 points from 11 games, Forest have won 3 out of their 4 games since Steve Cotterill has taken charge. * Forest currently sit 19th in the table, just one place and one point above Portsmouth. * Only West Ham, Crystal Palace and Middlesbrough have won more away games than Forest this season. * Forest's trophy cabinet includes the trophies for the FA Cup(2), the League Cup(4), the European Cup(2), and the old Division One (1).
Portsmouth: * Portsmouth are looking for their third successive home win for the first time since March. * 4 of Pompey's next 6 league games are scheduled to take place at Fratton Park. * Pompey boast a better home record than any other team in the bottom half of the table. * Maximum points could see them jump up the table by as many as 6 places.
Head-to-head: * Pompey have won 6 of the last 7 meetings against Nottingham Forest. * Dating back 35 years, there has only been 1 draw between the two sides in 22 encounters. * Forest have failed to score more than 2 goals in each of their last 18 meetings with Portsmouth. * Liam Lawrence spent part of his youth career at Forest, as did caretaker manager Stuart Gray, who later went on to play for them for 3 years. Ex-Pompey manager Steve Cotterill will be assigned to the away dugout for the first time since departing Fratton Park.
Special Treat: * This week's treat goes back nearly 20 years to when the two sides met at Fratton Park for the right to face Liverpool in the FA Cup Semi-Final. Pompey won the match 1-0 thanks to this fortunate goal from Alan McLoughlin. The commentary is less than enthusiastic, but how different does Fratton Park look?