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Figueiredo starts: The predicted Nottingham Forest XI to face Hull on Saturday



Nottingham Forest will be looking to get back to winning ways in the Championship tomorrow when they head to the MKM Stadium to face Hull City.

The Reds will participate in the play-offs later this month after missing out on the opportunity to move above AFC Bournemouth in the second-tier standings earlier this week.

Kieffer Moore’s strike in the closing stages of this particular fixture secured automatic promotion for the Cherries as they moved six points clear of Forest.

Considering that Reds head coach Steve Cooper will be desperate to keep his key players fit for the play-offs, he may opt to make some alterations to his starting eleven for Saturday’s clash with Hull.

Here, we have decided to take a look at how Forest could line up against the Tigers…

Having deployed the 3-4-1-2 formation on numerous occasions this season, Cooper is likely to stick with this system on Saturday.

Goalkeeper Brice Samba has managed to claim 14 clean-sheets in the Championship during the current campaign and will be keen to add to this tally tomorrow.

Whereas Joe Worrall and Scott McKenna are both expected to feature again in the heart of defence, Steve Cook is not expected to make an appearance in the club’s meeting with Hull after suffering a head injury against AFC Bournemouth.

Tobias Figueiredo is likely to be drafted in as Cook’s replacement as he has played 25 games for the Reds in the second-tier this season.

Having recently recorded impressive WhoScored match ratings of 7.45 and 7.79 during Forest’s victories over Coventry City and Birmingham City, Figueiredo will be confident in his ability to deliver the goods against the Tigers.

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Jack Colback and Djed Spence are set to feature in the wing-back roles while James Garner will be partnered in central-midfield by Cafu.

Given that Ryan Yates picked up an issue with his shoulder in the club’s mid-week fixture, Cooper is unlikely to risk him tomorrow and thus Cafu could be given the nod to start.

Philip Zinckernagel will feature in a more advanced role behind Sam Surridge and Brennan Johnson.

When you consider that Johnson has managed to provide an impressive total of 24 direct goal contributions in the Championship during the current term, it wouldn’t be at all surprising if he causes all kinds of issues for Hull’s defenders on Saturday.

Freelance writer for Football League World. Previously worked for 90min & GiveMeSport.

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