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Grabban starts: The predicted Nottingham Forest XI to face Blackburn

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Nottingham Forest will be looking to pick up their first win of the campaign this week, as they prepare to take on Blackburn Rovers at the City Ground.

The Reds have endured a disappointing start to the Championship season, losing their first two games against Coventry and AFC Bournemouth.

Last weekend, Forest lost 2-1 to the Sky Blues at the CBS Arena, and in front of a packed-out City Ground, they fell to a 2-1 defeat to Bournemouth on Saturday.

Chris Hughton’s men will be looking to get a monkey off their back this week, then, with another home fixture on the horizon.

Tony Mowbray’s Blackburn travel to the East Midlands on Wednesday, with Rovers yielding four points from their first two games.

After naming a strong team against Bournemouth, it will be interesting to see what kind of changes Hughton makes against Blackburn this week.

Here, we take a look at what his side may look like…

Brice Samba will be disappointed to have conceded two goals at the weekend, particularly the second as Philip Billing fired low and beyond the goalkeeper in the second half.

But Samba remains Forest’s first-choice shot-stopper, despite an impressive display by Ethan Horvath against Bradford last week.

In defence, it is likely that the back line will remain unchanged. Jordi Osei-Tutu made his debut at left-back at the weekend, and will have to wait to start in his favoured right-back spot.

Joe Worrall will miss Wednesday’s game, meaning that Tobias Figueiredo and Scott McKenna will start in the middle of defence, and Jordan Gabriel on the right.

In midfield, Ryan Yates and Jack Colback have been Hughton’s favoured first-choice partnership since the start of pre-season.

But on Saturday, the Reds were unable to move the ball forward quickly, and that may lead to the introduction of Cafu, with the manager likely to bide his time with youngster Tyrese Fornah.

In the final third, Philip Zinckernagel is likely to start having registered his third assist in two starts at the weekend. Brennan Johnson is also expected to start, and Alex Mighten, who was bright after coming on as a sub, could start too.

In terms of leading the line, Lewis Grabban replaced Lyle Taylor at the weekend, and it is likely that Hughton’s captain will reclaim his place in the team and make his first start of the season.


Nottingham-based journalist who regularly covers Nottingham Forest home and away.

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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