Nottingham Forest play Swansea City tomorrow knowing that anything less than all three points will probably extinguish their top-six ambitions.

The Reds are just three points off the Championship play-off places but have a few teams to overcome.


Martin O’Neill will have been happy to get a good fortnight’s worth of training into his players and will hope for a response tomorrow.

The last two games prior to the international break ended in disappointment with defeat to Aston Villa and a draw at lowly Ipswich Town.

Ahead of tomorrow’s game, we look at what sort of team O’Neill could select.

Goalkeeper and back four

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There are no concerns over Costel Pantilimon who will return from international duty with Romania to keep goal for Forest.

Tendayi Darikwa and Jack Robinson will probably continue in the full-back roles.

Molla Wague started at Ipswich, allowing Alex Milosevic the chance of a rest.

The Swede should return tomorrow however to partner Yohan Benalouane at the back.

Midfield trio

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Jack Colback is the first name on the team-sheet so is likely to start.

Claudio Yacob is back in contention following a fortnight back on the training pitch, so he could earn a start.

Ryan Yates has looked good since coming into the first-team but it remains to be seen whether he might be taken out of the spotlight and dropped to the bench.

Likewise, Pele wasn’t at his level best against Aston Villa recently and Ben Watson and Adlene Guedioura could battle to replace him.

In attack

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The big news from Forest is that Lewis Grabban is in contention to start for the Reds on Saturday.

The 16-goal forward has not featured since playing against Preston in mid-February, struggling with an Achilles injury.

He should replace Daryl Murphy in the attack.

On the wings, Joe Lolley will keep his place, whilst Matty Cash could come in for Ben Osborn who has been deployed as a winger during the last couple of fixtures.

Another option for O’Neill would be to drop one of his midfield three and utilise Joao Carvalho in the hole behind Grabban.

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