Nottingham Forest will renew their fierce rivalry with Derby County on Saturday as the Reds look to cement a place in the top six of the Sky Bet Championship.

Boss Sabri Lamouchi led his team back to winning ways at Luton Town last weekend and Forest will be brimming with confidence ahead of a visit from Derby.

 

The Reds have started well under Lamouchi’s management and the boss has already overseen a win over the Rams. Forest ran out 3-0 victors over a young Derby side in August when the two sides met in the Carabao Cup.

Derby-day contests can sway either way and here at Seat Pitch, we look at three key battles which could decide Saturday’s game.

Lewis Grabban v Curtis Davies

The veteran defender looked well out of sorts during the Carabao Cup defeat for Derby in August. Since then though he has managed to play himself into a bit of form and he will need to be at his best on Saturday.

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Grabban was tireless during his goalscoring performance against Luton last week and he will fancy his chances of adding to his tally this weekend.

Davies is vastly experienced and for Derby to have any chance of winning on Saturday, they will need him to roll back the years and remain solid against Grabban.

Tom Lawrence v Ben Watson

The controversial Derby man has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons of late, although his goals against Middlesbrough offered a timely reminder of just how good he can be with a football at his feet.

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The £7 million (BBC Sport) man was reborn at the tip of a diamond and worked wonders behind Chris Martin and Jack Marriott.

Watson has been one of Forest’s better players this season and he will need to continue his good form if he is to keep the Wales international quiet.

Joe Worrall v Jack Marriott

On his day Marriott is one of the most lethal finishers in the Championship and Forest must be wary of the threat he possesses.

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The 25-year-old has scored just once in the league this season but he will be desperately keen to get back on the goal trail against Forest this weekend.

Worrall has been in good form for the Reds since returning from a season-long loan at Rangers and as a homegrown lad, he will be eyeing a clean sheet and three points this weekend.

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