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Nottingham Forest’s predicted line-up to face Norwich in the Championship

Such is the nature of English football during December, the games just come thick and fast, and for Nottingham Forest, Wednesday night gives them the perfect opportunity to finally put things right.

Chris Hughton’s side have endured a wretched run of results over these past few weeks, with no win in five (including four defeats), and not even managing to find the back of the net once.

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Their opponents on Wednesday, Norwich, are flying high in second in the Championship table, and are level on points with first-placed Bournemouth but having played a game less.

With the game at Carrow Road, all signs point to it being another difficult night for Forest, but if Hughton makes some bold calls in his team selection, there could well chance of an early Christmas miracle.


After dropping yet another clanger at the weekend, Hughton could make his first big decision by benching regular number one, Brice Samba, and instead bringing in Jordan Smith for his first game of the season.

The back four could remain unchanged, with the Forest boss admitting in his pre-match press conference ahead of the game that Scott McKenna is still having trouble with his ankle and is likely to miss out the trip to Norwich.

One enforced change Hughton will have to make is in midfield, with Ryan Yates of course being suspended following his red card last time out, and that could see Samba Sow start from the off.

After a particularly disappointing display at the weekend, the Forest manager may also consider dropping Anthony Knockaert from his starting line-up, with Joe Lolley and Sammy Ameobi taking up the wide spots.

Predicted XI: Smith; Christie, Worrall, Dawson, Ribeiro; Sow, Cafu, Arter; Lolley, Taylor, Ameobi.

Meanwhile, Hughton must surely consider unleashing this “elite” Forest talent.

Article title: Nottingham Forest’s predicted line-up to face Norwich in the Championship

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