Nottingham Forest have drawn Blackpool in the third round of the FA Cup. It means Forest will return to a side they absolutely destroyed in the Championship at Bloomfield Road last season.

It was a pivotal moment in the season for the Reds back in February. The win saw Forest move into the play-off places for the first time and the 4-1 win sent out a firm message.

This time around things could be a bit different. Forest are now in the Premier League and this might not be at the top of their list of priorities.

Blackpool are struggling in the second tier this season. Under Michael Appleton, they sit second from bottom in the table, with 22 points from 21 matches.

Although the clash is several weeks away yet, we’ve taken a look at how Forest might line up against the Tangerines.

Early predicted Forest XI to play Blackpool:

The Forest rearguard

Dean Henderson will likely get a rest for this one, with Wayne Hennessey deputising between the posts.

At the back, there could also be some changes.

Early Forest XI Blackpool
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Joe Worrall and Serge Aurier may keep their places, with the former captaining the team at Bloomfield Road.

Moussa Niakhate and Omar Richards have been missing for a long time, with Richards yet to actually play for Forest.

As a result, both players could start, with Niakhate at centre-back and Richards in a familiar left-back spot.

The Forest engine room

Lewis O’Brien and Orel Mangala can feel unlucky that they’ve not played more football.

Both are quality players and should get the chance to showcase their talents during the game against Blackpool.

In between those dynamic options, Steve Cooper might look to play Jack Colback.

He’s still a useful player for Forest to have in their ranks but game time might come at a premium in the Premier League.

Leading the Forest line

Brennan Johnson ripped Blackpool to pieces last time the Reds headed to the North West.

He might get the chance to be a menace one more in his usual right-hand side position.

Early Forest XI Blackpool
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Emmanuel Dennis could start on the other side as he looked to prove a useful signing after playing very little since joining from Watford.

Through the middle, Sam Surridge also scored against Blackpool last season and he should be handed a chance to star as the striker.

Here is an early look at how Forest might line up against Blackpool:

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