Nottingham Forest take on Coventry City at the City Ground this evening looking to claim three points at home for the first time this season.

The Reds boss Chris Hughton is striving for a winning formula and will want his team to bounce back after Saturday’s defeat at Middlesbrough.

With two games to come before the international break it’s vital Forest get some more points on the board and that needs to start this evening.

Ahead of tonight’s game we look at the team Hughton might decide to go with.

In goal and back four

Nothing looks set to change here with Hughton speaking at his delight over his defensive unit in recent weeks.


Cyrus Christie was at fault for Boro’s winner at the weekend but with Tendayi Darikwa still working his way back to fitness, he should earn another chance to start.

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Nicholas Ioannou serves the second game of a three-match ban and Gaetan Bong looks set to start again.

The central defensive pairing of Scott McKenna and Tobias Figueiredo has been a real hit and both should continue.


The big conundrum at the moment for Hughton is his midfield axis.

Ryan Yates and Jack Colback have sat too deep in recent games and that has allowed Forest to become easy to defend against.

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With that in mind, Harry Arter, fit after recovering from an ankle injury, should come into the fold.

Hughton might look to pair him with Yates as he opts for youthful exuberance over a pair of experienced performers.

In attack

Lewis Grabban is out until after the international break with his troublesome hip injury.

Miguel Angel Guerrero deputised at the weekend but the goalscoring mantle could be handed back to Lyle Taylor tonight.

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Behind him, Luke Freeman could earn another chance to shine having started at the Riverside Stadium on Saturday.

Anthony Knockaert should start on the right-hand side after a few decent showings, whilst Joe Lolley should come in on the left, having been rested on Saturday.

Sammy Ameobi might drop to the bench this evening.

Here is how Hughton’s team might look tonight…

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