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Nottingham Forest predicted XI: Tricky 28-year-old starts, whizkid saved for Friday

Nottingham Forest take on Rotherham United at the New York Stadium tonight looking to continue their recent good form.

Saturday’s win over Blackburn will have put the Reds in good spirits and tonight represents a good chance for another three points.

Forest have the small matter of the East Midlands derby to contend with on Friday and Chris Hughton will see this week as pivotal.

Ahead of tonight’s game we look at the team which could be chosen to face the Millers and tasked with claiming all three points.

In goal and back four

It’s difficult to image a change across the back after such a strong defensive display at the weekend.

Joe Worrall
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Joe Worrall and Tobias Figueiredo have struck up a strong understanding in recent weeks and that should be allowed to flourish once again.

Cyrus Christie and Yuri Ribeiro look to have nailed down the full-back spots for now.

In goal, Brice Samba will continue; fresh from his penalty saving heroics during the weekend victory.


Ryan Yates is back in contention to play but there’s a suggestion he might have to wait a little longer for his shirt back.

James Garner and Cafu are in control of the shirts right now and that should continue here.

The teenager on loan from Manchester United has been a revelation. He passes well, gets stuck in and is constantly looking to drive the Reds forward.

Cafu has been Hughton’s surprise package. The jury was out after his arrival from Olympiacos but he’s thoroughly deserved his permanent deal.

In attack

There could be one chance among the front four, with Joe Lolley coming back into the fray.

With Anthony Knockaert in decent form, the Forest boss might look to hand Alex Mighten a rest ahead of Friday.

Joe Lolley
(Photo; Jon Hobley; MI News; NurPhoto; Getty Images)

Filip Krovinovic will play in the No.10 role and he will look to continue his sold form since signing from Benfica on loan.

Up front, Lewis Grabban misses out once again which should mean another start for Glenn Murray.

The experienced performer has looked lively since checking-in and will hope to hit the goal trail again.

Here is how Forest’s team might look tonight:

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