Nottingham Forest head coach Steve Cooper has named his team to face Brighton and Hove Albion at the City Ground.

Nottingham Forest confirmed team

Confirmed Nottingham Forest team to play Brighton: Navas; Aurier, Felipe, Niakhate, Lodi; Mangala, Danilo, Mangala; Wiliams, Gibbs-White, Johnson; Awoniyi.

Confirmed Nottingham Forest substitutes: Hennessey, Worrall, Lingard, Toffolo, Surridge, Kouyate, Freuler, Dennis, Ayew.

Nottingham Forest v Brighton: What’s the story?

They really don’t come any bigger than this for Forest. With Leeds and Leicester drawing last night, a win would take the Reds out of the bottom three.

Brighton will provide formidable opposition. They have enjoyed a wonderful season and Robert De Zerbi has them dreaming of European football.

Confirmed Forest team
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Forest have not won a game for 11 matches. That stretches back to February when the Reds defeated Leeds and they’re bang in trouble.

On Saturday, the Reds faced Liverpool at Anfield. Forest managed to score twice away for the first time this season but still lost 3-2.

That performance will have given Forest some hope, however. Now, the real challenge is replicating that in front of their home fans and claiming a big three points.

The Reds are still on life support in their battle against relegation. Given the fixtures they have left, a win is badly needed this evening and no other result will do.

This could be a useful time to play Brighton too. On Sunday they faced Manchester United at Wembley, losing on penalties after a gruelling 120-minute slog against the Red Devils.

De Zerbi will have his team up for tonight. He may, however, have a tough task on his hands given that they put so much into Sunday.

Broadcast details

Tonight’s game is live on BT Sport with the unusual kick-off time of 7:30pm.

As ever, the game will be live on BBC Radio Nottingham and their coverage will begin at 6:30pm.

Colin Fray will once again provide the commentary.

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