Nottingham Forest take on Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium as they look to break into the Championship play-off places before the New Year.
Steve Cooper’s side will head into this game against Boro as slight favourites as they look to continue their impressive form under the former Swansea manager.
It’s a huge clash against a fellow play-off chaser who have gotten off to a good start under a new manager themselves.
Under Chris Wilder, Middlesbrough have lost just once in six games and are hoping to break into the top six soon.
With the big game kicking off at 3pm, Steve Cooper has named a strong starting XI with two changes being made.
📋 Team news 🆚 Middlesbrough
2️⃣ changes for The Reds as Tobias Figueiredo and Fin Back come into the starting XI 👊
— Nottingham Forest FC (@NFFC) December 26, 2021
Tobias Figueredo comes in for Jordi Osei-Tutu and Fin Back replaces Djed Spence who is ineligible to face his parent club as per the terms of his loan agreement.
Jack Colback will most likely move to left wing-back while Back will be a direct replacement for Spence at right wing-back.
Cooper will be opting for a back three as he looks to keep things solid at the back while allowing the creative players a chance to counter-attack against a possession-based Boro side.
Fans are pleased with the side Cooper has picked as they look to increase their unbeaten run, here’s what they said on Twitter.
Great to see Fin is Back 😉
— Nick (@NJL82) December 26, 2021
Happy with that! Best we could do in the circumstances
— Kevin Durrant (@NFFC_U_REDS) December 26, 2021
Great to see Fin back in, go on lad!💪
— Red n White Army (@Worcester76) December 26, 2021
Xande Silva to come on & bag a hat-trick after already being sold in January 🤣
— Jonathan (@Jonny90nffc) December 26, 2021
Really weak bench… Really important January coming up to add some depth to a very promising team and manager.
— Mike (@msmcglau) December 26, 2021
Tough game coming up without our fullbacks.
Need to defend solidly and try and nick one on the break.
— Andrea Silenzi (@topcatffs) December 26, 2021
— nffc Oscar (@NffcOscar) December 26, 2021
— Forest FanBase (@ForestFanBase) December 26, 2021
— Malcolm Heron 🌳NFFC🌳 (@mallyslife_) December 26, 2021
Great to see fin Back in the team! Shame colback is at left back 🤦♀️ bong has to play regardless of what peoples agendas are on him, you are weakening a position https://t.co/HIgZsIf3uD
— Kieren (@kierenstraw) December 26, 2021