Nottingham Forest face Leicester after the international break and Steve Cooper desperately needs three points.

The Reds have lost their last four games in the Premier League and need to climb the table pretty quickly.

Defeats to Tottenham and Manchester City came as no surprise. The two self-destructions to Bournemouth and Fulham provide more cause for concern.

So what does Cooper do now?

It’s hard to imagine the Reds changing too much but it could be time for Cooper to mix things up strategically just ever so slightly.

With plenty of time before the game, we look at how Forest could line up when they travel to the King Power Stadium, with a small tactical tweak.

How Cooper could line Forest up against Leicester:

In goal and back four

Yes, you heard that right a back four. Cooper has gone with it before and it could be time to go with again at Leicester.

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At central defence, he could stick his faith in Joe Worrall and Scott McKenna, both of whom were brilliant during Forest’s promotion-winning season.

At full-back, there could be a chance on the left, with Harry Toffolo coming in for a start ahead of Renan Lodi, who may get a rest at some point.

Neco Williams and Dean Henderson are integral and will keep their places.

In the engine room

Going with a back four will allow Forest to utilise an extra man in the midfield engine room.

The Reds have been overrun in this area for far too long and something will have to give in this department.

Lewis O’Brien was brilliant against Fulham after coming off the bench and he has to start.

Remo Freuler wasn’t particularly good against the Cottagers but a midfield three could help his style of play.

Forming the defensive resolve should be Cheikhou Kouyate who was very unlucky to be dropped against Fulham.

Leading the Forest line

In this team, we’ve left out the club’s club record signing Morgan Gibbs-White.

Now, if he’s fit, he will play but having been ruled out of England under-21 duty we fear he may miss the trip to Leicester.

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In his place, we’ve gone with Jesse Lingard who could take up a position on the left.

Taiwo Awoniyi and Brennan Johnson both have two goals to their name this season and should both start.

Here is how Forest could line up against Leicester with a tactical tweak:

Possible Forest line-up
Possible Forest line-up
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