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5 August 2016

BURTON Albion’s first ever Championship game will be at the City Ground against former European Cup champions Nottingham Forest.

The match itself will be new Forest manager, Philippe Montanier’s first competitive match in charge. 
Montanier is Forest’s first non-British manager and has previously managed the likes of Real Sociedad and Rennes. 
The Frenchman has been busy in the transfer market, having added seven new additions to their squad: Aspostolos Vellios, Thomas Lam, Damien Perquis, Hildeberto Pereira, Armand Traore, Stephen Henderson and recent arrival Pajtim Kasami have all joined the Reds. 
Brewers gaffer Nigel Clough will be looking forward to going back to the City Ground, having played there as a player scoring 101 goals in 311 games between 1984 and 1993. 
Clough said: “It's always special going back to the City Ground, having watched them for nine years then having played for them for another nine. It’s a club that will always be special to me and my family.
“We are not sure what to expect from them under the new management team, we know they have a quality side on paper. It all depends on how much of a mark he will have been able to put on them in pre-season. 
“It could be an advantage as they may not be settled but the downside of that, we have not seen what their play will be like. You could say they are an unknown quantity going into the game.”
Forest go into the new campaign on the back of 4 wins and 1 loss throughout pre-season beating the likes of Milwall, Braga, Port Vale and Notts County. Their only defeat came at the hands of Premier League side Hull City in their final match losing 2-1. 
Burton Albion's allocation of tickets for the away trip to Nottingham Forest have now sold out. Albion fans should be advised to NOT travel to the City Ground without a ticket as they will be refused admission. Reserved seating will apply at the City Ground so Albion fans must sit in the seat allocated on their ticket.

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