After going 14 games without a win in all competitions, Charlton have won three of their last four games by a 3-0 scoreline to move themselves 11 points above the relegation zone.
Guy Luzon appears to be getting what he wants out of his players at long last, with their only defeat in the most recent four outings coming at league leaders Derby County six days ago.
His five wins in six games are as many victories as Pearce managed in the previous 24 games and Forest are right back in the playoff hunt.
They are still 10 points shy of the top six, but with many of the sides above them stuttering of late, their playoff dreams are alive again.
Freedman could go with the same XI that toppled Reading 3-0 on Saturday, but he hasn't been afraid to make changes in their strong recent run so the likes of Chris Burke and Gary Gardner could return to the lineup.
Forest are unbeaten in their last three trips to the Valley, winning two and drawing the other.
Recent form: LLWWLW
Possible starting lineup: Henderson; Wilson, Fox, Johnson, Gomez, Diarra, Cousins, Buyens, Bulot, Vetokele, Watt
Recent form: WWDWWW
Possible starting lineup: Darlow; Lichaj, Lascelles, Collins, Fox; Burke, Lansbury, Osborn, Gardner, Antonio; Fryatt
Sports Mole says: 2-2