23 October 2020 22:34
Nottingham Forest play their third league game within six days on Friday night, as Chris Hughton's side take on local rivals Derby County at the City Ground. Forest will be hoping to get back to winning ways against the Rams, after only managing a score draw against Rotherham on Tuesday night, with County in poor form recently having lost their last two consecutive Championship games. Hughton's side will be without defender Joe Worrall and midfielder Fouad Bachirou against Phillip Cocu's side, with Tyler Blackett also an injury doubt. There are also a number of players pushing for a recall against Derby, including Harry Arter and Loic Mbe Soh. So, what team will Hughton eventually go for against Derby? Nottingham Forest vs Derby predicted using FIFA 21 To set up this simulation, we used kick-off mode within FIFA 21 but didn't select a team to control; we then selected the teams and watched the match play out by itself.
We predict that Nottingham Forest could set up in a 4-2-3-1 formation, with the line-up as follows: Samba; Christie, Figueiredo, McKenna, Ioannou; Arter, Yates; Lolley, Freeman, Knockaert; Grabban. We predict that Derby County could set up in a 3-4-3 formation, with the line-up as follows: Marshall, Wisdom, Davies, Clarke; Byrne, Knight, Shinnie, Buchanan; Jozwiak, Waghorn, Lawrence. The FIFA 21 simulation predicts a fairly even game on Friday evening, with Nottingham Forest having the better of the first-half, and Derby County coming on strong in the second-half. The first goal of the game went to Forest in the 12th minute, with Joe Lolley playing in striker Lewis Grabban, who ran clear of the Derby defence and produced a cool finish into the far corner. 12 minutes into the second-half, the away side got an equaliser, with substitute Duane Holmes finding the net after making a late run into the box.
The Reds have won and drawn during Chris Hughton's first two games in charge and they'll want to get some more points on the board this evening. Forest could have scored three or four against Rotherham on Tuesday, missing a host of chances to kill off the opposition. They'll want to kick on tonight with the Rams now in the firing line. Ahead of this evening's game, we looked at the team that Hughton could go with against Philip Cocu's men. Brice Samba is yet to concede from open play under Hughton and his distribution has looked very good during the opening two games under the new boss. It seems unlikely that the back four will change much, with Hughton already adopting a settled feel to his defensive unit. Cyrus Christie, a former Derby player, will keep his place at right-back, whilst Nicholas Ioannou should start at left-back. The central defensive partnership of Tobias Figueiredo and Scott McKenna already looks a nice choice by Hughton. Both players appear to complement each other and both should start in tandem at the City Ground. Summer signing Harry Arter has changed both of Hughton's games in charge after being introduced from the bench. Alongside him, Hughton is likely to go with Ryan Yates who has arguably been just better than Jack Colback during the last two contests. Colback has looked a little rusty so far this season having spent a year without playing football. He could miss out on derby-day. There are a few decisions for Hughton to make in attack ahead of the game with Derby. Following Luke Freeman's withdrawal in the week Forest started to create far more in the way of clear-cut opportunities. The Reds talisman missed a sitter on Tuesday but Hughton has spoken in the press about the importance of his talisman and he will probably start again. Joe Lolley has looked in fine form and should start on the left and Anthony Knockaert could come in for his debut on the right-hand side. Here is how Hughton might line-up this evening… Martyn Waghorn's brilliant first-half opener had given the Rams the upper hand. Lyle Taylor rescued a point for Nottingham Forest with his first goal for the club in a 1-1 draw with Derby at the City Ground. Taylor poked home from close range in the 64th minute to cancel out Martyn Waghorn's brilliant first-half opener. The Rams had enjoyed the better of the first-half chances and deservedly went ahead when Waghorn scored with a 25-yard free-kick on the half-hour mark. But Graeme Shinnie missed a brilliant chance to make it 2-0 seven minutes later when Brice Samba denied him during a one-on-one. And Taylor made him pay for the miss when he equalised following a goalmouth scramble from a 64th-minute corner. Derby thought they had won it late on when Kamil Jozwiak had a goal ruled out for offside. The point lifts Derby out of the early relegation zone and leaves Forest still looking for a first home win of the campaign. David Marshall beat away a powerful Taylor shot after Cyrus Christie picked him out on three minutes. Referee Tony Harrington waved away strong shouts for a penalty on eight minutes after Tom Lawrence went down under a challenge from Ryan Yates. Sammy Ameobi fired a long-range effort straight at Marshall in the 16th minute. Yates weakly headed wide from Ameobi's cross minutes later when he had time to pick his spot. Samba saved a powerful Shinnie's shot from the edge of the box in the 27th minute. Waghorn put the Rams ahead with a superb 25-yard free-kick that went in off the crossbar on the half hour. Shinnie should have doubled the lead when he shot straight at the keeper after Nathan Bryne played him in seven minutes later. Yates headed straight at Marshall from Nicolas Ioannou's cross on the stroke of half-time as Forest continued to struggle for ideas. Ameobi had two shots charged down just after the restart as Forest looked to create pressure. Lawrence had a long range shot deflected behind, before Waghorn headed wide from the resulting corner in the 54th minute. Marshall turned an Anthony Knockaert cross behind as Ameobi prepared to pounce, but Forest levelled from the resulting corner when Taylor slotted home from inside the six-yard box. Taylor headed wide from an Ioannou cross in the 68th minute, before Taylor and Lolley were unable to get on the end of a Christie cross seconds later. Jozwiak had a goal ruled out by the linesman after Waghorn strayed into an offside position with 13 minutes left. Buchanan had a shot deflected behind with five minutes to go as County pushed for a late winner.