Nottingham Forest will take on Derby County on Monday looking to continue on a run of three matches without defeat.

The Reds beat Brentford, before claiming two solid points on the road against West Brom and Preston.

In truth, Martin O’Neill’s men were desperately unfortunate not to win the two away games. Poor officiating costing the Reds in both fixtures.

Forest are due a win over fierce rivals Derby County.

Not since a Nelson Oliveira goal gave the Reds a 1-0 win in 2015 have Forest claimed all three points against the Rams.

But who will get the nod to play in the East Midlands-derby? We took a look at who might line-up for the Reds on Monday evening…

Goalkeeper and back four

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Costel Pantilimon will undoubtedly remain in goal for the Reds.

Alex Milosevic and Yohan Benalouane have looked exceptional during the last two games and should both start against the Rams.

The only debate to be had is at right-back.

Tendayi Darikwa came in for the Preston trip and it remains to be seen whether he will keep his place or whether Saidy Janko returns.


Given that Janko hasn’t really done a lot wrong since O’Neill came into the club, he could get the nod to return.

Jack Robinson should continue at left-back.

Midfield three

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O’Neill spoke about ‘resting’ Ben Watson during the draw at Preston and that would firmly indicate that he will return here.

Watson has captained the side since the Irishman arrived at the club and he should return here.

Ryan Yates has played the last three games and won two Man of the Match awards, so he should start.

The other slot will surely go to Jack Colback who has been instrumental for the Reds this season.

In attack

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Both Lewis Grabban and Daryl Murphy started in attack at Preston but one looks set to drop to the bench as the Reds return to the City Ground.

It will probably be Murphy, given that Grabban is Forest’s leading goalscorer.

Joe Lolley has looked back to his best of late and should start on the right again, with Ben Osborn playing on the right.

Matty Cash remains doubtful but he could challenge Osborn for a place should he be available.

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