Nottingham Forest take on Blackburn Rovers at the City Ground on New Year’s Day looking to cement their place in the top-six.

The Reds made hard work of beating Wigan on Sunday and Sabri Lamouchi will certainly be looking for an improved performance.

 

Having already played twice over the Christmas period some changes may be made to the starting eleven as Forest go in search of a solid home showing.

Ahead of Wednesday’s game, we looked at a potential starting eleven that Lamouchi could call upon.

Goalkeeper and back four

Brice Samba saved a penalty against Wigan and will retain his place against Wigan. Jordan Smith is likely to deputise.

Matty Cash should keep his right-back berth, although Carl Jenkinson is now fit and available if called upon.

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Joe Worrall and Tobias Figueiredo have helped the Reds to a clean sheet in the last two games and will probably both play again.

The decision to make for Lamouchi is whether to persist with Chema Rodriguez or whether to recall Jack Robinson.

With the games stacking up, the ex-QPR man might earn the chance to regain control of the shirt.

In midfield

If Ben Watson is fit he will play. Alongside him, changes could be made, however.

Samba Sow seems unlikely to be risked as he nurses a dead leg.

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With the 4-1-4-1 system not really providing Forest with a creative spark on Sunday, a change to 4-2-3-1 might be adopted against Blackburn.

If that is the case Alfa Semedo could partner Watson with Ryan Yates dropping to the bench.

Attacking options

Joe Lolley and Tiago Silva were introduced from the bench at the weekend and within four minutes Forest had netted the game’s only goal.

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They should come in this weekend with Lolley probably going on the right and Sammy Ameobi switching to the left.

Silva will be the man tasked with creating chances for Lewis Grabban who will almost certainly lead the line again.

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