After slipping to yet another defeat in the Championship – albeit one they perhaps may have expected – Nottingham Forest are deep in the midst of a relegation battle 17 games into the season.
Chris Hughton’s side lost 2-1 to high-flyers Norwich in mid-week, and although they ended a horrific run without scoring in the clash, they had no points to show by the end of it.
And with their next opponents, Brentford, enjoying another season full of promotion potential, Forest face an extremely tall order to end their winless streak.
Hughton will surely have to make some big changes to try and spark some life into his side and get them back to winning ways.
Despite the fact Brice Samba hasn’t been entirely convincing this season – his clanger against Reading was particularly awful – Hughton may resist the temptation to drop his number one for this game.
In front of him, the Forest boss could make the big call to finally drop Tobias Figueiredo after his latest shocker in mid-week, and that could see veteran defender Michael Dawson come in.
Further forward, Anthony Knockaert’s goal against the Canaries may see him return to the starting line-up in place of Sammy Ameobi, and Hughton could well get the Frenchman to start on the right hand side and get Joe Lolley to move over to the left in a bid to change things up.
Predicted XI: Samba; Christie, Dawson, Worrall, Ribeiro; Sow, Cafu; Knockaert, Arter, Lolley; Taylor.