Predicted Nottingham Forest line-up to face West Bromwich Albion
The Reds managed to eke out a 1-1 draw against Bristol City in their opening game of the new season Saturday, courtesy of a Daryl Murphy strike after Andreas Weimann had given the Robins a very early lead. And manager Aitor Karanka will be hoping that his team registers its first win of the campaign on Tuesday, at home, against the Baggies who lost their opening encounter 2-1 to Bolton Wanderers.
There are no major injury or suspension issues for Karanka to contend with heading into the midweek encounter. New signings Luke Steele and Hillal Soudani weren’t a part of the matchday squad this past weekend, but could find themselves on the bench on Tuesday.
Probable Nottingham Forest XI
Manager: Aitor Karanka
Costel Pantilimon (GK)
The former Manchester City goalie had a decent enough game against Bristol over the weekend and will look to build on it.
Tendayi Darikwa (RB)
Looked a little nervy in the previous game and will be hoping to put in a much more accomplished display in the upcoming encounter.
Tobias Figueiredo (CB)
The new signing made a late substitute appearance last time out, but could be in line for a start as Karanka might look to keep veteran defender Michael Dawson fresh.
Danny Fox (CB)
The 32-year-old is likely to be retained as the second centre-back when the Baggies come visiting on Tuesday.
Ben Osborn (LB)
The makeshift left-back impressed against Bristol City over the weekend and was a bright spark going forward. Will look to build on that display.
Ben Watson (CM)
The club captain will start in the two-man midfield axis and look to provide his team with a steady and tenacious presence in the middle.
Adlene Guedioura (CM)
Partnering Watson in the middle of the park should be Algerian international Adlene Guedioura. He had a fairly decent outing in the previous game.
Gil Dias (RW)
The young Portuguese impressed on his Championship debut against the Robins and should be retained on the right flank ahead of Joe Lolley.
Joao Carvalho (CAM)
Carvalho showed glimpses of his immense quality and ability last time. Should be persisted with in the No.10 role on Tuesday.
Diogo Goncalves (LW)
Another young, exciting Portuguese talent that Forest signed this summer, Goncalves should continue on the left flank.
Daryl Murphy (ST)
There was a lot of clamour around his selection for the previous game, but the Irishman proved himself with an important goal and a solid all-round performance. Should retain his spot at the tip of the attack.