Nottingham Forest will face Wigan this weekend looking to potentially go top of the Sky Bet Championship.

Whether that is achievable won’t be clear until Saturday’s games have finished but nonetheless a win would certainly keep Forest where they want to be.


Last time out boss Sabri Lamouchi oversaw a 1-0 win for his side against a decent Brentford team and the Frenchman will hope for more of the same this weekend.

Ahead of Sunday, we look at the potential team that Lamouchi will field against Paul Cook’s team:

Goalkeeper and back four

Brice Samba is 100% certain to start between the posts after his scintillating start to life in a Nottingham Forest shirt.

At right-back, Matty Cash picks himself by process of elimination. He is currently the only fit right-sided defender and even he is makeshift at that.

At left-back it seems certain that Yuri Ribeiro will continue, although Jack Robinson will compete for his place back after sitting out the Brentford contest.

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The academy star has performed well in his new role and will continue there on Saturday.

Michael Dawson could return after sitting out the last two matches with injury. If he’s fit the captain will return to partner Joe Worrall at centre-back.

If he does miss out then Chema Rodriguez will wait in the wings.


Ben Watson will have welcomed the two-week break from competitive action given that he is now 34.

He will start but it remains to be seen who fills the other position in the middle of the park.

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Samba Sow was tasked with box-to-box duties against Brentford but hobbled off in the closing stages of the contest.

His place could go to Alfa Semedo who is expected to return after missing a handful of games with an injury of his own.

In attack

Lewis Grabban should continue as the lone striker; whilst Joe Lolley will almost certainly operate on the right-hand side.

On the left-wing, Sammy Ameobi could come in. He looked lively against Stoke and Wigan will certainly possess similar battling qualities.

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Through the middle, it’s a toss-up between Tiago Silva and Joao Carvalho.

Given his proven Championship pedigree it will perhaps be the 22-year-old who gets the nod to start.

Here is how Lamouchi’s team could line up on Sunday:

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