Nottingham Forest face League Two outfit Bradford City at the City Ground tonight in the first round of the Carabao Cup.

The Reds are looking to get off the mark for the season after a late defeat against Coventry at the weekend.

Forest boss Chris Hughton will know that winning breeds confidence and will want to claim a win in the cup tonight.

Ahead of the clash, we look at the team he could choose for the visit of Derek Adams’ side.

Goalkeeper and back four

Ethan Horvath will make his Forest debut in goal. The American checked in during the summer and he’ll want to make a name for himself.


At the back there could be changes. Joe Worrall and Loic Mbe Soh are both nursing injuries, so Scott McKenna might not be risked.

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Baba Fernandes could make his first competitive Forest start, with the experienced Tobias Figueiredo playing alongside him.

At right-back, Jordan Gabriel will have to start. Jordi Osei-Tutu won’t be thrust straight into the action and the youngster will have to wait until Saturday for his debut.

At left-back, Jayden Richardson could come in and play in a position he featured in during pre-season.


Forest aren’t blessed with an abundance of options here so don’t expect wholesale changes.

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The only one that might happen is Cafu starting the game in the place of Jack Colback.

Ryan Yates will probably start and wear the captain’s armband once more.

In attack

Brennan Johnson and Alex Mighten could earn the chance to rest following strong performances on Saturday.

Although the Reds missed out on two pre-season games, Hughton won’t want to pick up any injuries in preparation for Saturday against Bradford.

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Philip Zinckernagel might make his full debut after stepping off the bench at the weekend.

If he starts on the left, Joe Lolley may keep his place on the right as he looks to get back to his best.

There could be a start too for Joao Carvalho. The Portuguese maestro was an unused substitute at the weekend and he’ll be keen to impress.

With strikers available at a premium to Forest, expect Lyle Taylor to continue in attack, with Lewis Grabban still unavailable for the game with Bradford.

Here is how we think Forest will line up this evening:

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