Local pride is at stake on Saturday as Derby County head to The City Ground (kick-off 12.15pm).Forest have been held to consecutive draws in the league against Middlesbrough and Doncaster and will be keen to pick up all three points against The Rams.
The Reds will also be looking to exact revenge for the last two meetings between the sides at The City Ground, with Derby running out 2-1 winners in 2011-12 and 1-0 victors in 2012-13.
Manager Billy Davies made 11 changes for Tuesday’s defeat at Burnley and most of the first-team players who missed the Turf Moor trip are expected to return to the side.
Defender Kelvin Wilson is rated as ‘touch and go’ to make the game after picking up an injury in the recent 2-2 draw with Middlesbrough.
Derby midfielder Paul Coutts looks set to miss the game after picking up a knee injury in Tuesday’s 2-1 defeat at Leicester. Coutts will join Jeff Hendrick on the sidelines after the midfielder was ruled out until December after undergoing ankle surgery.
The Reds head into this clash with one win in their last five matches in all competitions – their last victory coming in the 3-2 win over Barnsley at The City Ground a fortnight ago.
Tuesday night saw Forest exit the Capital One Cup at the hands of Burnley, and The Reds will be hoping to click back into gear by beating their nearest rivals on home turf this weekend.
Millwall (H)* - Won 2-1
Wigan (A) – Lost 2-1
Barnsley (H) – Won 3-2
Middlesbrough (H) – Drew 2-2
Doncaster (A) – Drew 2-2
Burnley (A)* - Lost 2-1
Derby arrive on Trentside without a win in three matches after consecutive defeats to Reading and Leicester.
Chris Martin’s goal had given The Rams the lead in Tuesday’s Capital One Cup tie at The King Power Stadium but they were defeated by two late goals from The Foxes.
Their away form in the league has been superb to date. They have won three and drawn one of their four away matches, including an impressive 5-1 hammering of Millwall at The New Den.
Brentford (H)* - Won 5-0
Burnley (H) – Lost 3-0
Millwall (A) – Won 5-1
Bolton (A) – Drew 2-2
Reading (H) – Lost 3-1
Leicester (A)* - Lost 2-1
* Capital One Cup
Down The Years
Forest wins over Derby: 36 (33 League, 1 League Cup, 2 FA Cup)
Derby wins over Forest: 33 (29 League, 4 FA Cup)
Draws: 22 (20 League, 2 FA Cup)
The last meeting between the sides ended in a 1-1 draw at Pride Park as Chris Cohen’s first-half opener was cancelled out by Jamie Ward’s strike soon after the break.
Last season’s meeting at The City Ground was one to forget for Forest fans as Derby left with all three points. Dexter Blackstock was controversially sent off for an apparent elbow on Richard Keogh and The Rams took advantage as Craig Bryson tapped home the winner.
He Played For Both
Robert Earnshaw played 25 games for Derby County after arriving for £3.5million from Norwich City in 2007. The Welshman only stayed at Pride Park for one season, scoring twice, as The Rams were relegated from the Premier League.
He then moved to Forest in May 2008 for just over £2.5million and went on to enjoy three successful years on Trentside.
Scoring a hat-trick in the 5-1 trouncing of Leicester and a brace in the 5-2 win over his former club, Derby, were undoubted highlights for Earnshaw.
Referee: Simon Hooper
Assistant Referees: Robert Atkin and Nick Hobbis
Fourth Official: Keith Hill
Forest are favourites to take all three points on Saturday and can be backed at evens, with the draw priced at 23/10.
Skipper Chris Cohen opened the scoring at Doncaster and in the last meeting between the two sides. He can be backed at 16/1 to do the same on Saturday.
For supporters who fancy an outside bet, there are odds of 150/1 on Forest winning 5-2, the same scoreline by which they beat Derby County back in December 2010.
Check out all of the latest odds on Sky Bet.
(All odds correct at time of publishing)
The official matchday magazine is available to buy and download for Saturday's meeting with Derby.
In this edition, priced £3, Billy Davies reviews our recent trips to Doncaster and Burnley, Jack Hobbs looks ahead to his first ‘big derby’ and 115 years at The City Ground is celebrated with a host of sentimental photographs and supporters’ tweets.
Forest fans are reminded that they can download the official matchday magazine to their iPad. Perfect for those who are unable to attend the game, the download can be accessed via this app from 11am onwards on Saturday.
Hard copies will be available from all the usual outlets around The City Ground.
Follow The Game
Live audio commentary will be available on Forest Player, as well as free live text commentary on www.nottinghamforest.co.uk.
Forest Player will also have extended match highlights from 12pm on Sunday, as well as all the reaction from the Forest camp.
Tickets for the match (Saturday 28 September, kick-off 12.15pm) are still available and can be bought online at www.nffcretail.com, in store at the Ticket Office or by calling 0871 226 1980 (calls cost 10p per minute, mobile rates may vary).