Nottingham Forest travel to Watford this afternoon looking to get back to winning ways in the Championship.

The Reds were beaten 1-0 by Luton Town in midweek in a result that leaves them looking over their shoulder still.

Forest had a real chance to put serious ground between them and the relegation zone but there is still work to do.

Chris Hughton now sees his team embark on a run of games against the division’s top sides and he needs to find a winning formula.

Ahead of today’s game we looked at how the Forest boss might line his team up today.

In goal and back four

Brice Samba is firmly established as the club’s number one and will start the game in goal.

Houston Continues To Address Aftermath Of Statewide Power Outages
(Photo; Jon Hobley; MI News; NurPhoto; Getty Images)

Cyrus Christie and Yuri Ribeiro should start in the full-back slots, although Gaetan Bong and Tyler Blackett are in contention at left-back.

Scott McKenna is still a couple of weeks away so Joe Worrall and Tobias Figueiredo will continue at centre-back.


Cafu has played a number of games in succession and he could be handed the chance to take a breather at Vicarage Road.

That could allow academy graduate Ryan Yates to come back into the fray.


He scored the winner against Rotherham United recently but has sat out the last two matches through injury.

James Garner looks set to partner him in the centre of midfield.

In attack

Joe Lolley didn’t make much of an impact the other night so it seems unlikely that he will keep his place.

Alex Mighten might be viewed as a player who can cause Watford problems with his pace so he could earn another start.

(Photo; Clive Mason; Getty Images)

Anthony Knockaert has been in decent form of late so should keep his place on the right, with Filip Krovinovic in the No.10 role.

Still missing up front is Lewis Grabban so it’s a toss-up between Glenn Murray and Lyle Taylor.

The 37-year-old missed several good chances against Luton but will have a point to prove after spending the first half of the season on loan at Watford.

Expect the veteran to get the nod.

Here is how Forest could line-up this afternoon:

Have something to tell us about this article?