Nottingham Forest face Reading this afternoon looking to return to winning ways and continue their battle against relegation.

The Reds have lost the last two games 1-0 to Luton and Watford and have just eight points on Rotherham in 22nd.

Forest will want to ensure a safe negotiation to Championship survival and could desperately do with three points today.

Chris Hughton will be buoyed by a spirited second half showing last week and he will hope his team can gain some confidence from that.

Ahead of today’s City Ground clash, we look at the team which Forest could name.

In goal and back four

Brice Samba will undoubtedly start between the posts for the Reds as Forest’s established goalkeeper.

Cyrus Christie also looks set to play at right-back.

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Scott McKenna is fit but might have to settle for a place on the bench this afternoon, with Joe Worrall and Tobias Figueiredo starting at centre-back.

There could be a change at left-back, with Yuri Ribeiro coming in for Gaetan Bong.

Midfield

Ryan Yates was badly out of sorts last week and he could be replaced by Cafu this afternoon.

 

The 27-year-old was sorely missed in the middle of the park at Vicarage Road and should earn a recall.

Alongside him, expect to see James Garner line-up, with the on-loan Manchester United man pretty instrumental to the team since his arrival.

In attack

Lewis Grabban is edging closer to full fitness but probably won’t be risked here.

As a result, Glenn Murray will probably get the nod to start again after having a week to recover from last weekend’s game.

Behind him Filip Krovinovic will almost certainly play. The Croatian has been a regular in the team since joining on loan from Benfica but is awaiting his first goal contribution.

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Anthony Knockaert has looked decent of late and he should keep his place on the right hand side.

On the left it looks set to be one from four. Luke Freeman, Alex Mighten, Joe Lolley and Sammy Ameobi are all vying for a place.

Ameobi will have benefitted from a week’s worth of proper training and he could come slot in.

Here is how Forest could line-up this afternoon:

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