Nottingham Forest face Bournemouth at the City Ground this afternoon. A bumper crowd looks set to embark on Trentside and Chris Hughton has some decisions to make.

A youthful-looking Reds defeated Bradford City in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night. Joao Carvalho scored twice and perhaps he will play his way into the manager’s plans.

Forest lost 2-1 at Coventry last weekend, conceding a 97th-minute winner and the boss will hope for a response against Scott Parker’s team this afternoon.

Ahead of today’s game, we looked at the team which Hughton will likely call upon as Forest aim to get their first three points of the season.

In goal and back four

Ethan Horvath kept goal pretty well during his first outing for the Reds against Bradford. It does seem likely that Hughton will revert to Brice Samba between the posts for this one, however.


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At right-back, Jordi Osei-Tutu should be in line for his debut after arriving from Arsenal this week. Jordan Gabriel will probably drop to the bench.

The left-back position is a little more complicated. Gaetan Bong starts a suspension so Jayden Richardson could keep his place after an eye-catching performance against Bradford.

Forest are short of central defenders this week. Scott McKenna will start alongside Tobias Figueiredo, with Joe Worrall still missing.


Ryan Yates will almost certainly return to the fold after only making the pitch as a substitute in midweek. He could also captain the side again.

Alongside him, Jack Colback could get another chance to impress. Tyrese Fornah was really good in midweek but he might have to settle for a place on the bench.

Cafu is also in contention but he too is likely to be among the substitutes.

In attack

Philip Zinckernagel has to start the game. He was very impressive in midweek and really led by example amid a crop of really young players.

Brennan Johnson should return in the role just behind Lyle Taylor in attack. He created a goal for Lyle Taylor last weekend and that pairing are both likely to start.

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On the left, if Alex Mighten is fit, the place should probably go to him. He could be rested, however, after an energetic performance in midweek. That could open the door for Joe Lolley to start once again.

Here is how the Forest team might look this weekend:

Subs: Horvath, Back, Gabriel, Fornah, Cafu, Carvalho, Mighten

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