Steve Cooper takes charge of Nottingham Forest for the first time later today.

The Reds face Millwall at the City Ground and are desperate for a win to kick-start their Championship campaign.

Forest sacked Chris Hughton following their last game on home soil. The 61-year-old cleared his desk after a sixth defeat in seven second-tier games.

Now, Cooper has been tasked with reviving Forest’s fortunes, joining the Reds on a two-year contract.

There is a real buzz ahead of the new head coach taking charge for the first time and we’ve looked at the team he could call upon for this afternoon’s game.

Nottingham Forest predicted team v Millwall:

In goal and back three

It’s been a while since we’ve done a predicted team and included a back three.

Cooper is a modern manager though and that could see Forest adopt a pretty modern strategy.

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Joe Worrall, Tobias Figueiredo and Scott McKenna all helped Forest to their first clean sheet last week. As a result, the trio should keep their places today.

 

Brice Samba will start in goal.

Wing-backs and the midfield engine room

Max Lowe has been really good since checking in on loan from Sheffield United. So too has Djed Spence who signed on a temporary deal from Middlesbrough. Expect both players to start today.

In midfield, it seems unlikely that Cooper will mix things up too much. James Garner is a player he tried to sign during his time at Swansea and could be a big player under the new Forest head coach.

Ryan Yates should start alongside him, with Cafu and Jack Colback also in the mix for a place.

In attack

Lewis Grabban scored last week and he should get his place as the striker in Cooper’s team. With the right level of service, there is enough to suggest that he can score goals this season.

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Brennan Johnson registered another assist last week and he should also keep his place in the team.

On the left, Joe Lolley will compete for a place with Alex Mighten. Lolley was, however, exceptional last week and should get the nod.

Here is how Forest could line up today:

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