Forest v Middlesbrough predicted lineups and match preview

Nottingham Forest welcome high-flying Middlesbrough to the City Ground in Saturday's lunchtime kick-off.

To be played on Saturday 19th September 2015 at 12:30. Venue: City Ground, Nottingham

Odds: Forest 14/5, Draw 23/10, Middlesbrough 1/1

Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough will be hoping to stretch their respective winning runs when they lock horns at the City Ground on Saturday.

The Reds, after a slow start to the campaign, have looked rejuvenated since the international break, with fresh faces settling quickly and bringing added quality to Dougie Freedman’s ranks.

The Scot is now also in the enviable position of being able to rotate his squad to handle a demanding Championship fixture list, with the games already coming thick and fast at this early stage.

Back-to-back victories on the road at promotion hopefuls Queens Park Rangers and in-form Birmingham City have Forest believing that they too can be involved in the push for Premier League football.

Reproducing that standard on home soil is now the challenge for Freedman’s side, while proving once again that they can be more than a match for the more fancied sides in the division.

Middlesbrough certainly fall into that category following their summer recruitment work, and last season’s beaten play-off finalists have shrugged off their Wembley heartache to position themselves back among the frontrunners.

Aitor Karanka’s side have won their last three second tier games in a row, and are starting to get things right at both ends of the field.

Their success in 2014/15 was built on the meanest of defences, and they have conceded just four times so far this term, while things are starting to click in the final third as well, with only QPR able to better their return of 12 goals from their opening seven outings.

Forest predicted lineup

  • Dorus de Vries
  • Eric Lichaj
  • Matt Mills
  • Daniel Pinillos
  • Kelvin Wilson
  • Kyle Ebecilio
  • Henri Lansbury
  • Ryan Mendes
  • David Vaughan
  • Jamie Ward
  • Nélson Oliveira

“I know what I have to do against Hull, already. I know what I want to do against Middlesbrough and I thought I knew what we wanted to do against Birmingham, which turned out okay.”
Dougie Freedman

Middlesbrough predicted lineup

  • Dimitrios Konstantopoulos
  • Daniel Ayala
  • George Friend
  • Ben Gibson
  • Adam Clayton
  • Stewart Downing
  • Grant Leadbitter
  • Diego Fabbrini
  • Emilio Nsue Lopez
  • David Nugent
  • Christian Stuani

“This season, especially with the wins against Sheff Wed and Brentford, in the bad moments we showed a good reaction as we're more experienced. We're looking forward to Saturday.”
Aitor Karanka

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