Nottingham Forest will bring the curtain down on their 2018/19 campaign this Sunday when crisis club Bolton Wanderers visit the City Ground.

The Reds will look back on the season as a whole with some disappointment given their failure to reach the play-offs.


Boss Martin O’Neill’s motivation for the weekend’s game will be the chance to finish the season with three wins on the spin.

Ahead of Bolton’s visit, Seat Pitch looks at who could get the nod to start against the Trotters.

Goalkeeper and back three

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Given the sparkling performance against Middlesbrough in the last home game, it seems likely it will be three at the back once again.

Alex Milosevic, Molla Wague, Jack Robinson and the returning Yohan Benalouane will fight for the three spots.

Given that Benalouane has sat out the last two games in which Forest have won, he will probably be forced to settle for a place on the bench.

Midfield and wing-backs

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On the flanks, Ben Osborn will operate on the left as he looks custom-made for that particular role. On the right, it looks like a straight toss up between Sam Byram and Matty Cash.

Given that it’s the last game of his loan spell it will probably be the on-loan West Ham United man who plays on the right. Forest would relish the chance to sign the man who is on £30k-a-week (Spotrac) at the Hammers on a temporary deal once again next season.

In midfield, Cash replaced the injured Pele at QPR last week and could continue alongside Ryan Yates against Bolton.

If O’Neill opts to make a change then Ben Watson, Claudio Yacob and Adlene Guedioura will compete to come into the team.

In attack

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Joe Lolley and Joao Carvalho are Forest’s two most creative sparks and they will continue to operate behind a striker.

Karim Ansarifard offered a timely reminder of his quality with a well-taken matchwinner at Loftus Road.

It will be a straight shootout between the Iranian and Lewis Grabban as to who starts up front, with Daryl Murphy likely to settle for a place on the bench.


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