Nottingham Forest will be on the hunt for a famous league double over East Midlands rivals Derby County when they make the short trip to The iPro Stadium on Saturday (kick-off 12.15pm).The Reds brought their losing run to an end with consecutive draws against Middlesbrough and Doncaster but Billy Davies’ side will want to get back to winning ways against their near neighbours.
Jack Hobbs’ header separated the two teams in the reverse fixture in September and Forest will need a similar result if they are to maintain their spot in the top six.
Andy Reid will miss Saturday's game with the hamstring injury that he picked up against Doncaster last weekend.
Jamie Mackie could come into the side for the clash at The iPro Stadium while Darius Henderson will also be battling for a place in the starting line-up.
Derby’s Will Hughes faces a late fitness test after picking up a groin strain against Reading but experienced midfielder John Eustace will miss out as he starts a two-match suspension.
Steve McClaren may choose to field George Thorne in place of Eustace after he joined on loan from West Bromwich Albion while former Forest striker Patrick Bamford could be in line for a start.
Forest are currently in the midst of a disappointing run of form which has seen them draw three and lose three of their last six matches in the Sky Bet Championship.
That run has seen them slip to 6th in the league table and just a point above playoff-chasing Reading and Brighton with The Seagulls holding a game in hand over The Reds.
Despite the poor recent run, Forest kept their first clean in seven attempts against Doncaster on Saturday and will look to reproduce that defensive stability when they travel along the A52.
Leicester (H) – Drew 2-2
Burnley (A) - Lost 3-1
Wigan (H) - Lost 4-1
Barnsley (A) - Lost 1-0
Middlesbrough (A) – Drew 1-1
Doncaster (H) – Drew 0-0
Steve McClaren’s side won’t be heading into Saturday’s game full of confidence either with The Rams on a four-match winless run which has included defeats to Burnley and Millwall.
Derby also haven’t registered a goal in 365 minutes of football dating back to Chris Martin’s late winner against Bournemouth on 22 February.
The Rams remain a tough team to beat having only conceded three goals in their last seven matches but their recent struggles have now left them trailing 2nd-placed Burnley by ten points.
Sheffield Wednesday (A) – Won 1-0
Bournemouth (H) – Won 1-0
Burnley (A) – Lost 2-0
Millwall (H) – Lost 1-0
Bolton (H) – Drew 0-0
Reading (A) – Drew 0-0
Down The Years
Forest wins over Derby: 37 (34 League, 2 FA Cup, 1 League Cup)
Derby wins over Forest: 33 (29 League, 4 FA Cup)
Draws: 22 (20 League, 2 FA Cup)
The last meeting between the two sides came in September 2013 as Reds fans gained the bragging rights over their near neighbours thanks to a 1-0 win at The City Ground.
Jack Hobbs’ header shortly before half-time earned Forest all three points but the result could have been more comfortable had Darius Henderson not seen his penalty saved by Lee Grant.
Last season’s meeting at The iPro Stadium saw the two teams share a 1-1 draw in a fiercely-contested East Midlands derby.
Forest went ahead through Chris Cohen’s first-half strike but the home side fought back shortly after the interval and levelled with an effort from Jamie Ward.
He Played For Both
Archie Gemmill enjoyed two spells at Derby County with his first coming between 1970 and 1977. After signing from Preston North End the Scot went on to win two league titles under Brian Clough and was an integral part of the Rams side at The Baseball Ground.
Upon Clough’s move to Nottingham Forest, the manager brought Gemmill with him to The City Ground in 1977 and he became a major part of the club’s success. He helped The Reds reach the 1979 European Cup final where they beat Malmo before leaving for Birmingham City later that year.
Referee: Michael Naylor
Assistant Referees: Ian Crouch and Dan Robathan
Fourth Official: Andy Woolmer
Nottingham Forest are the 5/2 outsiders to taste victory in the East Midlands derby on Saturday with the draw being priced at 2/1.
The two sides have both struggled for goals in recent weeks so a 4/5 bet on one of the teams drawing a blank is not a bad price.
A repeat of Forest’s 1-0 win at The City Ground in the reverse fixture can be backed at 15/2 while a convincing 3-0 victory for The Reds is a 50/1 shot.
Check out all of the latest odds on Sky Bet.
(All odds subject to change)
Tickets and Travel
Nottingham Forest have sold out their allocation of 2,753 tickets for this fixture. No further tickets will be made available to away supporters.
Coach travel will depart the Brian Clough Stand at 10am and is priced at £9.50.
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 12noon on Sunday, as well as all the reaction from the Forest camp.