Nottingham Forest face another tough test this weekend as they take on Brentford at the Community Stadium on Saturday afternoon, looking to make it back to back wins in their bid for survival.
Impressive in their 3-1 win over Brighton, Steve Cooper’s side moved out of the relegation zone but only sit a point above Leicester City in 18th place, and 10 points away from the magical 40 point barrier that usually ensures safety.
Brentford, meanwhile, halted their own slide with a 2-0 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, and are looking to continue their outside hope for a Europa Conference league spot, meaning that Forest will be hard-pressed to get a result out of Thomas Frank’s side.
Here’s how we expect them to line up against the Bees in northwest London.
Steve Cooper may have found a solution to his side’s struggles in the win over Brighton, opting for a 3-4-3 system that threw the Seagulls and left Forest with three valuable points in their relegation scrap.
Just as soon as he found it, however, he may be forced to change it, with Neco Williams having been stretchered off after a nasty head injury and unlikely to feature at the weekend as a result.
They could also be without Moussa Niakhate, who Cooper revealed ‘“said he felt his hamstring” against Brighton, before adding that “we’ll have to see how they both [Niakhate and Williams] are in the next day or two.”'
Meanwhile, there are a whole host of injuries to contend with.
All of Dean Henderson, Gianluca Biancone, Chris Wood, Scott McKenna, Wily Boly and Omar Richards are out for the remainder of the campaign, while the game will come too soon for Ryan Yates and Jack Colback, though Cheick Kouyate made his return from the bench on Wednesday.