Nottingham Forest make the short trip along the A52 tonight looking to continue their impressive recent form against Derby County.

You have to go back to October 2017 since the Rams last took three points off Forest and the Rams will hope to reclaim bragging right this evening.

Both Forest and Derby are in good form going into this one and both Chris Hughton and Wayne Rooney will be feeling confident.

Ahead of tonight’s game we looked at how Forest might line up as they enter the Pride Park cauldron.

In goal and back four

It’s two clean sheets in succession for the Forest back four and there only really remains a conversation to be had at left-back.

Yuri Ribeiro was handed a rest on Tuesday night but he should return to replace Gaetan Bong in tonight’s clash.

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Brice Samba will start in goal with Tobias Figueiredo and Joe Worrall playing at the heart of the back four.

Ex-Rams performer Cyrus Christie will start once again at right-back.

Scott McKenna is edging back to full fitness but won’t be available for tonight’s game.


Ryan Yates returned to the side on Tuesday night and fired home Forest’s winning goal.

That has given Hughton a decent-sized headache but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the academy graduate miss out tonight.


Cafu and James Garner had struck up a wonderful partnership when Yates was injured and they could start in tandem tonight.

Samba Sow has returned from his latest injury setback and could make the bench this evening.

In attack

Forest have a plethora of talent in attack these days, although Lewis Grabban will be missing this evening.

Glenn Murray should continue up front and he’ll hope to add to his two goals for the Reds so far this season.

Behind him Filip Krovinovic will almost certainly occupy the No.10 role after starring since arriving on loan from Benfica.

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Luke Freeman came in for the game at Rotherham but expect Alex Mighten to win a place in the starting eleven this evening.

He scored his second goal of the season and could start on the left.

Anthony Knockaert has been decent of late and he looks likely to get the nod on the right-hand side.

Sammy Ameobi is back in contention but will probably start on the bench.

Here is how tonight’s team could look:

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