Nottingham Forest will travel to Stoke City this weekend looking to take their unbeaten run to five games in the Championship

The Reds will seek to avoid a case of after the Lord Mayor’s Show, following their 1-0 victory over Derby on Monday night.

Yohan Benalouane etched his name into Forest folklore with the winning goal and boss Martin O’Neill will want more of the same from his team.

The Reds have vastly improved in recent weeks and face a Stoke side striving for consistency.

Forest travel to Stoke for the first time since playing our a goalless draw back in 2004.

Who will take to the field for the Reds this weekend? We take a look at the team which Martin O’Neill might plump for at the Bet365 Stadium.

Goalkeeper and back four

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Costel Pantilimon is improving with each passing game and looked assured and composed against the Rams.

The back four from Monday should be rewarded with another chance to develop their rapport at Stoke.

Tendayi Darikwa, Alex Milosevic, Yohan Benalouane and Jack Robinson all looked sensational against the Rams, defending as if their lives depended on the outcome of the game.

Saidy Janko wasn’t in the squad on Monday and could return to the bench.

Three in the middle

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Ben Watson, Jack Colback and Ryan Yates were all brilliant against the Rams and O’Neill will probably be cautious over changing too much.

Yates and Colback, in particular, are two of the first names on the team-sheet at the moment.

Captain Watson received a standing ovation when he was subbed in the second half and should play again on Saturday.

Adlene Guedioura, Claudio Yacob and Pele are waiting in the wings if the boss does decide to make changes.

In attack

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The significant news being brandished around is that Lewis Grabban isn’t likely to be fit.

The 16-goal striker is likely to be replaced by Daryl Murphy.

The Irishman left everything he had out on the City Ground turf against Derby and he is backed by his boss.

On the flanks, Joe Lolley will look to continue his fine form. The ex-Huddersfield man gave Ashley Cole a torrid time last time out.

The left-wing berth could be up for grabs.

Matty Cash is back in training and could challenge for a place this weekend. If the academy man does get the nod, it is likely that Lolley will revert back to the left.

Otherwise, Ben Osborn should play after a solid showing against the Rams.




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