Nottingham Forest face Cardiff City in the FA Cup third round this afternoon looking to progress to the next round.

Boss Chris Hughton could choose to make some changes to his squad as he prepares for another tough run of fixtures.

Several star players could be set for a rest as Forest get set for battle against their divisional rivals.

Ahead of today’s game we looked at who could feature for the Reds at the City Ground.

In goal and back four

Brice Samba has started to come into a bit of form and was brilliant at Preston North End last weekend.

Hughton might refrain from handing Jordan Smith a start and stick with his number one stopper.

It could be all change across the back four though.

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Carl Jenkinson and Gaetan Bong could start at right and left-back respectively.

Joe Worrall has played every game since recovering from a broken foot and his place could go to Loic Mbe Soh.

Alongside him, Scott McKenna could return to the fold after missing the last month through an ankle injury.


Ryan Yates is unlikely to be taken out of the firing line and the tenacious midfielder looks set to play again.

Alongside him, Cafu could drop deeper to form a midfield three.

The experiment to play him as a No.10 hasn’t really worked and he could return to the middle of the park here.

With Fouad Bachirou and Jack Colback both still injured, Harry Arter could come in for a rare start.

In attack

Again, it could be all change here too.

Lewis Grabban is likely to be replaced by Lyle Taylor who will look to add to his four goals this season.

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Joe Lolley hasn’t played much of late and supporters will be desperate to see the 28-year-old get back into some form.

The other place in attack could go to Alex Mighten.

Forest’s new kid on the block scored his first goal against Millwall last month and he will hope to build on his recent showings.

Here is how Hughton’s team could line-up today:

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