Competition: Sky Bet Championship Date: Tuesday 10th December 2019 Venue: The City Ground Kick-Off: 19:45 BST Referee: Peter Bankes
Sabri Lamouchi stated last week that both Carl Jenkinson and Samba Sow should return to action this week. They might only be named on the bench tonight, ahead of this weekend’s game against Sheffield Wednesday.
Yuri Ribeiro could return at left-back, whilst Yohan Benalouane is also said to be fit again.
Lamouchi may also be tempted to bring Ryan Yates back into the starting line-up now that he’s served his three-game suspension following his dismissal against Bristol City.
As for Middlesbrough, Jonathan Woodgate’s squad has been hit by a crippling injury crisis in recent weeks.
Britt Assombalonga is likely to miss out on a return to the City Ground. He left the Riverside Stadium at the weekend on crutches following a 1-0 win against Charlton Athletic.
Middlesbrough go head-to-head with the Reds knowing that a win could see them steer further clear of the relegation zone.
Boro have only lost one of their last five games and are beginning to turn their form around under Woodgate. The only game they have lost during that period was against Leeds United at Elland Road.
Forest will be hoping to return to winning ways and maintain their position inside the top six of the Championship in the process.
Despite Friday’s draw against Millwall, the Reds remain fifth in the table. Lamouchi’s men weren’t at their best against the Lions, but were desperately unlucky not to come away with all three points.
Lamouchi will be hoping that his side can improve their home form this week. They’ve struggled to score goals at the City Ground, and failed to convert over 30 shots against Cardiff City last time out.
With another home game on the horizon at the weekend, Lamouchi may be tempted to make a few changes to his side.
Sheffield Wednesday are set to visit the City Ground on Saturday.
Forest (4-2-3-1): Samba; Cash, Dawson, Worrall, Ribeiro; Watson, Yates; Lolley, Silva, Adomah; Grabban.
Middlesbrough (3-5-2): Pears; Howson, Ayala, Fry; Clayton, Tavernier, Spence, Saville, Coulson; Fletcher, Walker.
One to watch
With three goals and two assists so far this season for Boro, it’s hard to look beyond Ashley Fletcher as the one to watch.
The former Barnsley, West Ham United and Sunderland striker is likely to be Boro’s main goalscoring threat tonight. With Assombalonga a doubt, he’ll be expected to deliver the goals.
The 24-year-old may have only scored three goals, but he’s still a threat in this division. The Reds will have to watch out for his aerial threat from set-pieces.
Some tickets do remain for home supporters. They are said to be selling quickly with limited availability across the City Ground. They can be purchased from the ticket office online and in person.
Nottingham Forest’s clash with Middlesbrough will be available to watch on Sky Sports Football’s Red Button coverage.
Alternatively, BBC Radio Nottingham will have live match commentary on frequency 103.8.