Nottingham Forest take on Swansea City today with Chris Hughton desperate to secure a vital three points.

The Reds are perilously close to the relegation zone in the Championship and are striving for consistency.

Forest have lost their last two matches against Barnsley and Bournemouth and can ill-afford another defeat.

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Swansea are near the top of the division and claimed a 2-2 draw with Forest at the back end of last season.

Ahead of today’s game we looked at which players could be picked to try and claim a big three points for the Reds.

In goal and back four

Brice Samba is firmly established as the club’s number one goalkeeper and will once again take his place in the team.

There could be a change for the first time in nine games at centre-back, with Loic Mbe Soh pushing hard to start.

The French wonderkid has waited patiently but after another mistake from Tobias Figueiredo on Tuesday, Hughton might opt for a change.

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Cyrus Christie needs to start showing his defensive qualities, although his form going forward has been pretty good and he will probably start.

Yuri Ribeiro and Scott McKenna should keep their places.

Flat midfield four

Anthony Knockaert instantly made Forest more of a threat going forwards when he came off the bench on Tuesday.

The on-loan Fulham trickster should therefore get the nod to start.


Sammy Ameobi enjoyed a decent showing on Tuesday and he’ll probably keep his place – meaning Joe Lolley takes a place on the bench.

The big conundrum for a few weeks has been in the middle of the park.

Ryan Yates’ presence could be telling against Swansea, with Hughton possibly tasking him with roughing up his opposition counterparts.

Alongside him, Jack Colback has played a lot of football and he could earn himself a rest.

Therefore, Harry Arter looks set to make another start.

In attack

Lyle Taylor will play, given that Forest aren’t blessed with a plethora of attacking talent right now.

It seems unlikely that Lewis Grabban will make it and even if he does, a place on the bench beckons.

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Behind him Miguel Angel Guerrero could return to the starting line-up.

The Spaniard linked up nicely with Taylor during the win against Wycombe earlier in the campaign and the 30-year-old will go in search of a first goal.

Academy graduate Will Swan could be on the bench once more.

Here is how today’s team might look…

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