Forest’s promotion push has fallen off in the last few weeks, and they host Watford on Wednesday evening with nothing left to play for, and Ben Watson has told the official Watford website that Dougie Freedman could spring a surprise to make it a tough game.
“They can't go down, they can't go up,”the midfielder said. “You don't know what team they'll pick. The manager could change things around, have a look at fringe players. You just don't know. You know one thing though, at the City Ground you're going to get a tough game.
Britt Assombalonga is still on the sidelines for a number of months due to his long term injury, whilst Freedman could be tempted to rest a number of his senior figures for the closing weeks.
He is in the position where he needs to assess his squad in a competitive environment to check if he wants certain players to stay over the summer, and due to FFP, he could be forcing a major clear-out.
Fringe players could be given a chance to impress knowing that their Forest careers are on the line, whilst young academy players might be named to assess whether they are good enough for the first-team.
This could potentially throw a spanner in the works for Watford, who vitally need a victory if they are to keep up their chances of automatic promotion. All their pre-match planning could go out the window, and they will be facing players fighting for their futures, rather than established figures with little to play for.
Whatever the result, the game at the City Ground is a vital one in this incredibly intense race for Championship promotion.