Nottingham Forest will look to maintain their performance levels this Saturday when they travel to Preston North End in the Championship.

The Reds may also have revenge in their thoughts when they head to Lancashire this weekend, given it was Preston who ended their eight-game unbeaten stretch back in December.

The Lilywhites are on a similar run of form just now.

Alex Neil’s men defeated league leaders Norwich City on Wednesday to make it six without defeat.

Boss Martin O’Neill will have been delighted with the commitment from his players during a win over Brentford and a draw over West Brom, with more of the same on the agenda for this weekend.

So who will make the starting line-up for this weekend? O’Neill has sprung a couple of surprises in his selections previously and Seat Pitch has looked at the players who could get the nod…

Goalkeeper and back four

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Costel Pantilimon has been the number one goalkeeper for the entire 2018/19 campaign and his form is improving of late.

Forest should be in a position to name the same back four for two games running for the first time in ages on Saturday.

Saidy Janko, Alexander Milosevic, Yohan Benalouane and Jack Robinson all had solid games at The Hawthorns and there isn’t much need to make a change for the trip to Preston.

Molla Wague and Tendayi Darikwa are back in contention and will push for recalls.

Three in midfield

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Claudio Yacob was introduced as a second-half substitute on Tuesday and he could earn a start at Deepdale.

Ben Watson has played a lot of football lately and at 33-years-old he could welcome a rest.

Young Ryan Yates has collected two Man of the Match awards on the trot and should start alongside Jack Colback, who was equally impressive against the Baggies.

Yacob replacing Watson would give the Forest midfield that little bit more energy against hard-working opposition.

Joao Carvalho and Adlene Guedioura are both available but will probably both settle for a place among the subs.

In attack

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Joe Lolley was outstanding on the right-wing against West Brom but with Matty Cash available once again he could revert to the left.

The Forest academy graduate missed the trip to The Hawthorns with injury but will return on Saturday.

Ben Osborn played on the left in midweek but O’Neill might prefer to go with the injection of pace that Cash offers instead,

Up front, Lewis Grabban has worked his socks off during the last two games and should get the nod to continue.

Leo Bonatini and Daryl Murphy provide the competition for Grabban this weekend.

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