Forest head into the highly-anticipated tie with just one defeat in their last six fixtures, their most recent result being a 2-2 draw with Doncaster Rovers last weekend.
However, manager Billy Davies will have to lift his side following their 2-1 defeat to Burnley at Turf Moor in the Capital One Cup this week, while Derby have lost two games in all competitions on the bounce.
Forest are expected to ring the changes from their League Cup side this weekend, while Chris Martin could lead the line for Derby at the City Ground.
Nottingham Forest: WDLWDD
Derby County: LWLWDL
Possible starting lineups
Nottingham Forest: Darlow; Lichaj, Chalobah, Cohen, Henderson; Lansbury, Reid, Mackie, Halford; Derbyshire, Abdoun
Derby County: Grant; Smith, Keogh, Buxton, Forsyth; Eustace, Bryson, Hughes, Ward; Russell, Martin
Sports Mole says: 2-2