Nottingham Forest face Middlesbrough this afternoon, with the Reds looking for a fourth straight victory.

Under Steve Cooper, Forest have been in fine form and have tasted defeat just once in 16 matches.

Today will see the Reds come up against Chris Wilder; a man who openly wanted the Forest job after Chris Hughton was sacked.

Cooper does have some injury problems stacking up and ahead of today’s clash, we looked at the team he might select.

Predicted Nottingham Forest XI:

The Forest rearguard

Brice Samba was breached last week against Hull but he’ll be on the hunt for another clean sheet at the Riverside Stadium today.

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Cooper could revert to a 4-2-3-1 system today and Djed Spence will miss out against his parent club.

That could see Mohamed Drager start the game at right-back, with the Tunisian yet to make his debut for the club.

Jack Colback looks likely to revert to left-back, with Max Lowe and Jordi Osei-Tutu both injured.

Joe Worrall and Scott McKenna will both almost certainly start.

The Forest engine room

Ryan Yates looks likely to move back into his natural habitat after a couple of games at centre-back.

Braian Ojeda could come in alongside him as Cooper tries to find a winning formula.

Leading the line for Forest

Lewis Grabban now sits on 10 goals for the campaign and he’ll be eyeing another 20-goal haul.

Behind him, we could see James Garner operate as a number 10, with Cooper utilising the Manchester United man there before.

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Philip Zincekernagel and Brennan Johnson are both in good form and should both get the nod to play.

Here is how the Forest team could look against Middlesbrough:

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