Sep 14, 2014 at 1.15pm UK at ​City Ground
Nott'm ForestNottingham Forest
1-1
DerbyDerby County
Assombalonga (72')
Reid (38'), Osborn (47'), Lansbury (59'), Burke (80')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Best (80')
Eustace (7'), Buxton (57')
Buxton (87')

Preview: Nottingham Forest vs. Derby County

Sports Mole previews the East Midlands derby between Nottingham Forest and Derby County.

Nottingham Forest boss Stuart Pearce could name an unchanged starting lineup for the visit of Derby County on Sunday afternoon.

Pearce's squad is boosted by the return to fitness of Jamaal Lascelles, Kelvin Wilson and David Vaughan but they could be forced to settle for a place on the substitutes' bench.

Forest have began the season in fine style, putting together four wins and a draw to earn a place at the top of the Championship table.

Derby manager Steve McClaren will be without midfielder Jeff Hendrick for the trip to the City Ground after he suffered a dislocated shoulder in the 1-1 draw with Ipswich Town.

McClaren also has doubts over winger Jamie Ward, who suffered a muscle injury during Northern Ireland's win in Hungary on Sunday.

The Rams are currently in seventh place after picking up eight points from their opening five league games.

Recent form

Nottingham Forest: DWWWW

Derby County: DLWWD

Possible starting lineups

Nottingham Forest: Darlow; Hunt, Mancienne, Hobbs, Lichaj; Burke, Cohen, Antonio, Reid, Lansbury; Assombalonga

Derby County: Grant; Christie, Forsyth, Keogh, Buxton; Eustace, Hughes, Bryson, Dawkins, Russell; Martin

Sports Mole says: 2-1

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