Nottingham Forest will look to get back to winning ways this weekend when Hull City arrive at the City Ground.

The Reds were beaten 2-0 by Stoke City last time out and if the top-six is to prove reachable they can ill-afford any more slip-ups.

Martin O’Neill will hope to draw inspiration from the last home game when his team defeated Derby County 1-0.

Ahead of the visit from Nigel Adkins’ side, we looked at what sort of team O’Neill might look to play…

Goalkeeper and back four

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Costel Pantilimon will certainly continue in goal having looked much better of late.

One change will be enforced upon O’Neill, with Jack Robinson out of the next two games through suspension.

It seems likely that Ben Osborn will revert to left-back having played on the wing recently.

Alexander Milosevic and Yohan Benalouane will almost certainly keep their places.

Tendayi Darikwa has done little wrong at right-back and should start again.

Midfield three

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Despite defeat last time around it seems unlikely that the central midfield trio will change.

Ben Watson, Jack Colback and Ryan Yates have all done tremendously well of late, particularly in the home games.

Adlene Guedioura came on as a substitute against Stoke and will push hard for a start against Hull.

Attacking options

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With Osborn likely to move to full-back that will leave a space on the left-hand side.

If Matty Cash recovers from an injury he will probably swap with Lolley who has featured on the right-wing of late.

Joao Carvalho was unleashed for the second half at Stoke and could perhaps fill a spot out wide.

Up top, Lewis Grabban looks like missing out once more, so Daryl Murphy or Leo Bonatini will get the nod.

Murphy has played a lot of football lately and the chance to have a look at Bonatini might be the best option this weekend.


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