The temperatures are expected to drop to freezing as Stoke City take on Nottingham Forest at the bet365 Stadium tonight.
Stoke have two home games to take Michael O’Neill’s side up to the half-way point of the season and are well placed just outside the play-off zone in the Championship as key men start to return from injury.
Forest are fretting at the other end of the table, two points above the relegation zone having played a game more than Derby and two more than Rotherham, who are both two points behind.
Here’s the lowdown of this evening’s fixture.
The match is due to kick off at 8pm on Tuesday, December 29 at the bet365 Stadium.
The match has been selected for live coverage on Sky Sports. Coverage starts at 7.45pm on Sky Sports Football.
Sky Sports passes are available without a subscription on NOW TV.
You will able to follow the match on Stoke-on-TrentLive, with the latest team news, goal updates and post-match reaction.
Will the match be streamed live online?
It is available via the Sky Sports website and the Sky Sports app.
Stoke explained in a statement: “Unfortunately only be available for live streaming via Stoke City+ Live in dark market territories.
“As Sky Sports are broadcasting the match live, it cannot be streamed in the UK and Ireland or any other country where the EFL have broadcasting agreements in place.
“It should also be noted that overseas season pass holders will not be able to access a stream, unless they live in a dark market territory.”
Live audio commentary from BBC Radio Stoke will be available via Stoke City+ Live.
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Joe Allen made his comeback from the bench at the weekend, nine months after rupturing an Achilles tendon.
Sam Clucas (foot) and John Obi Mikel (calf and groin) are hoping to be available.
Left-back Morgan Fox (hamstring) could be out for between four and six weeks, however, and Tyrese Campbell (knee) is out for the season.
Nottingham Forest have two key players, with Chris Hughton explaining: “The only ones who are not training are Jack Colback (ankle) and Luke Freeman (hernia).
“We’re hoping Luke will be back training over the next couple of weeks.”
Former Stoke target Scott McKenna is edging in on a return to action after returning to training.
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- Stoke have won two of their last three league meetings with Nottingham Forest (L1), as many as they had in their previous 15 against them (D8 L5).
- Nottingham Forest won this exact fixture 3-2 last season, last winning consecutive league visits to Stoke in March 1994.
- Stoke have lost their final league game in three of the last four calendar years (D1), last winning such a match in 2015 (4-3 at Everton).
- Nottingham Forest won their final match of 2019 (1-0 vs Wigan), but haven’t won their last league game in consecutive calendar years since a run of three between 2008-2010.