Forest currently find themselves as low as 19th in the Championship table with just 14 points from 15 matches, only four points above the relegation zone.
Dougie Freedman’s side will head into this evening’s match on the back of a 1-0 defeat to Preston North End away from home in the league.
Meanwhile, Derby are in great form at the moment and are in contention of a top-two finish in the Championship this season.
The Rams are currently fifth in the standings with 30 points from 15 matches, just a point behind leaders Hull City.
Derby will head into the encounter on the back of a 1-0 victory over Queens Park Rangers at the iPro Stadium.
This is how Forest and Derby will line up for the East Midlands derby at the City Ground this evening:
Nottingham Forest XI: De Vries, Lichaj, Mills, Hobbs, Pinillos, Mendes, Lansbury (c), Williams, Vaughan, Ward, Oliveira
Subs: Evtimov, Wilson, Trotter, Blackstock, C.Burke, Osborn, Walker
Derby County XI: Carson, Christie, Keogh, Hendrick, Martin (C), Russell, Shackell, Johnson, Weimann, Thorne, Warnock
Subs: Grant, Bryson, Bent, Baird, Butterfield, Pearce, Ince