Preview: Derby County vs. Nottingham Forest

Derby manager Nigel Clough during the match against Chalrton on December 29, 2012
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Sports Mole previews this weekend's Championship fixture between Derby County and Nottingham Forest.

Derby County will be looking to move up from their mid-table position in the Championship this weekend when they take on Nottingham Forest at Pride Park.

The Rams could surge towards the top 10 with a victory but they face a tough task against Forest, who are in the hunt for a playoff place as they currently sit three points away from sixth spot.

Derby head into the fixture on the back of a defeat, while Forest will be buoyed by their 2-1 win over Peterborough United as they try to snatch all three points on away turf.

Conor Sammon and Kieran Freeman are likely to be trusted with providing Derby's main goal threat, while the visitors are expected to have a forward partnership of Billy Sharp and Simon Cox.

Recent form

Derby: LLDWL

Nottingham Forest: LWDLW

Possible starting lineups

Derby: Legzdins; Brayford, Keogh, Roberts, Coutts; Davies, Hendrick, O'Brien, Hughes; Sammon, Freeman

Nottingham Forest: Darlow; Jara, Halford, Ward, Harding; Cohen, Gillett, Majewski, Lansbury; Sharp, Cox

Sports Mole says: 1-1

Paul Dickov
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