Nottingham Forest have the opportunity to complete a domestic double over Huddersfield Town at the City Ground this evening.
Steve Cooper’s men will be licking their wounds from their first defeat in ten matches last time out at Middlesbrough. Although Boro were deserved winners that day, Forest did create chances and will have left feeling that they could have got something out of the game if they had been more clinical.
As we edge towards January, and Middlesbrough’s recall clause on Djed Spence’s season-long loan coming into play the 21-year-old may be preparing for his last match at the club this evening. Spence’s loan move has been a resounding success so far and the Reds will be desperate to keep him on for the remainder of the campaign if possible.
Here, we are predicting just the one change from the Forest side that was defeated at The Riverside…
Ryan Yates’ comical own goal overshadowed the loss to Middlesbrough, the academy graduate will be keen to put that behind him with a strong performance against the Terriers – Carlos Corberan’s men have leapfrogged Forest with back-to-back 3-2 wins to climb back into the play-off places.
A late Sorba Thomas brace proved the difference against Blackpool in their last outing, avoiding defeat at the City Ground would represent a solid result for the visitors to keep Cooper’s men at arms’ length.
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The one change we are predicting is for Djed Spence to return to the Forest starting XI for possibly the last time in place of Fin Back. Spence’s pace and physicality will give the Reds further attacking vigor in looking to break down the Terriers’ stubborn resistance.