Nottingham Forest return to action this weekend with a tough-looking game against Leeds United at the City Ground.

The Reds suffered a disappointing defeat against Birmingham City, but Saturday’s opponents have been struggling for results for a number of weeks.

Forest sit on 51 points, whilst Leeds are sat four points ahead on 55, meaning that Saturday’s game could prove to be of great significance in the race for automatic promotion.

Ahead of Saturday’s game, Nottingham Forest News looked at the players who could be in line to start when the Reds return to the City Ground:

Goalkeeper and back four

Brice Samba will maintain his place between the posts for Forest despite a disappointing few weeks by his high standards.

Matty Cash is another who will pick himself at right-back, whilst Yuri Ribeiro has played the last five games at left-back in the Championship and should continue.

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Centre-back might throw Sabri Lamouchi a conundrum. Joe Worrall will almost certainly start for the Reds but alongside him, it could be one from two.

Tobias Figueiredo has been given the nod in recent weeks, but Lamouchi may be tempted to call upon the experience of Michael Dawson in this fixture.

 

In midfield

Ben Watson has been ever-present in the league this season and his experience will be vital against Leeds.

Lamouchi revealed in midweek that Samba Sow is available for this fixture. Although Ryan Yates didn’t do a lot wrong against Birmingham, Forest are a different prospect entirely with Sow in the starting line-up.

In attack

16-goal talisman Lewis Grabban was heavily criticised for his performance against Birmingham and will be determined to bounce back in this game.

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Tiago Silva scored his first league goal for the Reds against Birmingham and on current form deserves to retain his place.

On the flanks, Joe Lolley will almost certainly play on the right, with Sammy Ameobi likely to retain his place on the left-hand side.

Lamouchi is likely to have a much stronger bench against Leeds. The likes of João Carvalho, Tyler Walker, Nuno da Costa and Adama Diakhaby are all available for selection.

Here is how Lamouchi’s team could line-up this weekend:

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