Nottingham Forest take on Blackburn Rovers this afternoon with Chris Hughton set to take charge for the first time.

The 61-year-old replaced Sabri Lamouchi earlier this month and will look to arrest a run of seven straight defeats.


Having won promotion with Brighton and Newcastle, Forest look to be in safe hands and he’ll hope to get three points on the board today.

Here is how Hughton’s team might look during his first game in charge.

In goal and back four

It would be a surprise for Hughton to spring a change in goal and Brice Samba looks likely to start, with Jordan Smith on the bench.

Cyrus Christie has returned unscathed from international duty with the Republic of Ireland and should start at right-back.

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At centre-back, there is perhaps more of a deliberation to be had by Hughton.

Michael Dawson is yet to play this season and having gone with three uncompromising central defenders at Brighton, he might be ideal in the eyes of the new boss.

Loic Mbe Soh will perhaps keep his place in the team, allowing £3 million signing Scott McKenna an extra game to rid himself of the injury which ruled him out of Scotland duty.

At left-back, Nicholas Ioannou should start after an impressive debut against Bristol City.

In midfield

Presuming Hughton lines up with a 4-2-3-1, there will be plenty of players vying for a place in the midfield engine room.

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Jack Colback and Harry Arter both started against the Robins last time out and it seems likely they will continue as they both seek to hit top form.

Samba Sow, Ryan Yates and Cafu will all compete for a place on the bench.

In attack

Lewis Grabban is likely to play as the lone striker, with Hughton set to place Lyle Taylor on the bench once again.

Behind him it seems likely that Luke Freeman will keep his place in the No.10 role, having scored a quality goal against Bristol City.

On the flanks, a lot will depend on the fitness of Joe Lolley.

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If the left-footed wizard is fit then he’s likely to be called upon by Hughton, with young Alex Mighten on the other side.

Sammy Ameobi will therefore drop out and take up a place on the bench.

Here is a look at how Forest might line up this afternoon…

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