Nottingham Forest will head to Luton Town this evening with three points in their sights for only the second time this season.

Chris Hughton oversaw a win over Blackburn Rovers during his first game in charge but two draws against Rotherham and Derby followed.


The Reds are languishing near to the foot of the table and know they must start picking up results as quickly as possible.

Ahead of tonight’s contest at Kenilworth Road, we looked at a team which Hughton might utilise.

In goal and back four

Brice Samba will once again be in goal for Forest, with Jordan Smith likely to deputies for the Congolese stopper.

Cyrus Christie and Nicolas Ioannou will probably both line up in the full-back roles once more, with both still getting into their stride.

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Hughton has played the same back five in all three of his games so far and it seems unlikely anything will change here.

Therefore Tobias Figueiredo and Scott McKenna will continue their partnership at the heart of the back four.


Hughton went with 4-4-2 against Derby and that saw the Reds struggle to impose themselves on the game in the first half.

Mixing it up at half-time gave Forest the impetus to come back and steal a point and 4-2-3-1 is likely to be the order of the day once again.

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Jack Colback was left out through choice on Friday night and with that in mind, Hughton might stick with Harry Arter and Ryan Yates once more in midfield.

The ex-Newcastle performer might return to the bench, however.

In attack

Lewis Grabban is ruled out with the hip injury sustained against Derby on Friday evening.

That will see Lyle Taylor take the limelight again after netting his first Forest goal against the Rams.

Behind him, Joe Lolley finished Friday’s game as the No.10 and that could be where Hughton chooses to utilise him this evening.

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On the flanks, there could be a debut on the left for Anthony Knockaert. The Frenchman was impressive in the second half on Friday and must be nearing a start.

Sammy Ameobi has looked in good form throughout the current campaign, particularly since Hughton arrived, and should start at Luton.

Here is how Forest could line up this evening.

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