In terms of importance, there are few fixtures which rank higher than this in the calendars of Forest fans.And, as if it needed it, the game carries added significance as Sean O’Driscoll’s men search not only for their first win in three games, but also for revenge after Forest succumbed to double defeat at the hands of their neighbours last season.
The Reds lost their unbeaten league record at Leeds on Saturday and, after drawing the previous two games, will be desperate to secure all three points against their bitter rivals.
The Rams’ inconsistent start means they go into the game in 17th, with their last game ending in a 2-1 defeat at home to Burnley.
Doubts surround Forest’s Sam Hutchinson, who missed the game at Leeds after injuring his knee at Palace.
Adlene Guedioura will complete the second game of his three-match ban after his dismissal at Selhurst Park.
Derby will be without long-term absentee Shaun Barker, whose collision with Frank Fielding in last season’s reverse fixture ruled him out for 18 months.
Forest - 19th
Derby – 12th
A centre-back, Todd began his career at Sunderland under the tutelage of Brian Clough. He quickly found his way in to the first team and was virtually ever-present for The Mackems until February 1971, when he re-joined Clough at our opponents, Derby, for a record-breaking £175,000, despite Clough famously stating that he couldn’t afford him the day before.
He won two First Division titles with The Rams, picking up a PFA Player of the Year award along the way, before moves to Everton and Birmingham preceded his arrival at The City Ground, where he joined up with his old boss again.
He made 38 appearances for The Reds before leaving for Oxford in 1984. A spell at Vancouver White Caps followed, before he ended his playing career at Luton Town.
He has since managed a number of clubs, most notably Bolton, where he won the First Division (now the Championship) title in 1997, as well as Middlesbrough and Bradford City. He is currently in his second spell in charge of Danish side FC Randers.
Forest wins over Derby: 36 (33 League, 2 FA Cup, 1 League Cup)
Derby wins over Forest: 32 (28 League, 4 FA Cup)
Draws: 19 (24 League, 2 FA Cup)
Referee: Robert Madley
Assistants: Timothy Wood and Mark Russell
Fourth Official: Andy Woolmer