Nottingham Forest face Birmingham City this afternoon looking to back up their solid point at Millwall with three points.

The Reds earned a share of the spoils from their visit to South-East London when Alex Mighten cancelled out Tom Bradshaw’s second half goal.

Forest don’t typically do too well over Christmas and Chris Hughton will want to put that myth to bed.

Ahead of today’s City Ground clash we looked at the team which the Forest boss might pick today.

In goal and back four

Scott McKenna has been back in training and he looks set to return here.

The 24-year-old Scotland international will partner Joe Worrall at the back.

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There shouldn’t really be too much shuffling elsewhere.

Brice Samba is established as the number one goalkeeper.

Elsewhere, Cyrus Christie and Yuri Ribeiro will probably start in the full-back slots.


It hasn’t been a coincidence that Samba Sow has played the last two games and Forest haven’t lost.

If he’s fit he will start once again and it’ll probably be alongside Ryan Yates.

The academy graduate is striving for consistency and he’ll want to bounce back from a relatively ordinary showing at Millwall.

In attack

Alex Mighten has started the last two games and after his heroics at Millwall it would seem very harsh to drop him.

On the other side, Sammy Ameobi has been playing pretty well but Joe Lolley loves scoring against Birmingham City.

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The 28-year-old has a knack of bagging against the Blues and he could come in today.

Anthony Knockaert will also be in contention for a start.

Through the middle Cafu has grown into the team with more minutes under his belt and he is likely to keep his place.

Lewis Grabban started at Millwall with Lyle Taylor on the bench and he looks set to get the nod again today.

Here is how Hughton’s team could look today:

Predicted Nottingham Forest XI to face Birmingham
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