Preview: Nottingham Forest vs. Derby County

Preview: Notts Forest vs. Derby
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Nigel Clough takes his Derby County side to Nottingham Forest tomorrow. Here, Sports Mole previews the encounter.

Rivals Nottingham Forest and Derby County will compete for three Championship points at the City Ground tomorrow afternoon.

Hosting Forest are expected to hand a second debut to Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Jermaine Jenas, who rejoined the club on a loan basis during the week.

The England midfielder will take the place of the suspended Adlene Guedioura.

Tomorrow's trip is always seen as a special one for Derby boss Nigel Clough, whose father Brian managed the Tricky Trees with such distinction - including two European Cup successes.

Clough is likely to start with Connor Sammon as a lone striker, with five players in midfield to offer support.

County have scored 11 goals at Pride Park this season, but have only managed to find the net once on their travels.

Recent form

Forest: LDDWLD
Derby: LWLWDL

Possible lineups:

Forest: Camp; Hutchinson, Ayala, Collins, Harding; McGugan, Lansbury, Reid, Jenas; Cox, Blackstock

Derby: Fielding; Buxton, Keogh, Brayford, Roberts; Coutts, Hendrick, Ward, Robinson, Gjokaj; Sammon

Sports Mole says: 2-1

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