Nottingham Forest return to Championship action tonight when they face Reading at the City Ground.

The Reds returned to winning ways on Sunday against Luton Town, and will be hoping to continue their push for promotion to the Premier League in this one.

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Sabri Lamouchi may be tempted to make a few changes for this game after such a short turnaround, and Nottingham Forest News eyed-up the starting line-up which the boss might go for:

Goalkeeper and back four

Brice Samba was busier than he would’ve expected to be against Luton. He had to remain alert throughout the game but could do little to prevent their opening goal.

Having not kept a clean sheet in three games, he’ll be hopeful of changing that against the Royals.

Matty Cash and Yuri Ribeiro are likely to remain at full-back. Ribeiro impressed on his first game back at left-back, and will have been given confidence that Jack Robinson has been allowed to move on.

Cash has been virtually ever-present under Lamouchi. His performances have been exceptional and he’s likely to be one of the first names on the teamsheet.

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Michael Dawson replaced Tobias Figueiredo in defence at the weekend, with the Portuguese centre-back ruled out through injury. Dawson will therefore probably remain in the centre of defence alongside Joe Worrall.

In midfield

Ben Watson produced another impressive performance against Luton. With Dawson back in the side, he can focus on his game without having the responsibility of being captain.


He’s formed a good relationship alongside Samba Sow. The Reds have only lost once when Sow has featured this season which goes to show just how important he has been.

Tiago Silva is again likely to start ahead of João Carvalho in this one. The 26-year-old kept things ticking over against the Hatters and will need to be at the top of this game again in this one.

The attack

Joe Lolley was back in the starting line-up against Luton. He more than justified his place with two goals and a man-of-the-match performance.

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If he can maintain that level of performance, it could make a huge difference for Forest in the second-half of this season.

Albert Adomah was given a rare start at the weekend, but failed to impress. Therefore, Sammy Ameobi is likely to return to the side.

Adama Diakhaby arrived on loan from Huddersfield Town yesterday. However, it’s unlikely that he’ll be thrown straight into the starting line-up.

Lewis Grabban scored his 15th league goal of the season against Luton. He’ll be confident of adding to that against the Royals.

Here is how Lamouchi’s team might look:

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