Nottingham Forest travel to Middlesbrough later today looking for their second win of the 2020/21 campaign.

The Reds have drawn their last three games 1-1 and although Chris Hughton is unbeaten in four games, wins are a must.

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If Forest want to propel themselves up the table then they must start winning games and today would represent a decent starting point.

Ahead of today’s game, we looked at a team which Hughton could start with.

In goal and back four

The Forest manager has gone with the same back five in all four of his games in charge.

That will change today, however, with the £750,000 Nicholas Ioannou suspended for the trip north.

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Carl Jenkinson, Gaetan Bong and Yuri Ribeiro will compete for a place at left-back.

As Jenkinson did reasonably well in midweek he will probably start in the unfamiliar position.

Brice Samba, Cyrus Christie, Tobias Figueiredo and Scott McKenna should all keep their places.


Harry Arter could be ruled out once more for the trip to the Riverside Stadium.


The ex-Bournemouth man rolled his ankle in training earlier this week and missed the game at Luton.

With that in mind, Ryan Yates and Jack Colback should continue in the team.

Yates in particular has been impressive under Hughton, whilst Colback looked vastly improved at Luton.

In attack

Forest boss Hughton hinted at making some changes during his pre-match press conference and he could shuffle his attacking options.

Lyle Taylor will start up front with Lewis Grabban set to miss out once more.

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In the No.10 role, however, Luke Freeman could be reinstated. The 28-year-old has sat out the last two matches as an unused substitute but could return here.

On the flanks, Anthony Knockaert and Joe Lolley both looked threatening on Wednesday night and that could see Sammy Ameobi miss out.

Here is how Forest could line-up at the Riverside Stadium…

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