Forest have won two in a row but that does not make Friday's clash with Newcastle any more straightforward.
Newcastle United manager Benitez may divide opinion amongst many, but he remains one of the most respected managers in the game.
When league leaders Newcastle United come to town, it's never a bad thing to have your prolific centre-forward available.
With three goals in his last two games, securing Forest four vital points in the process, Britt Assombalonga's impact could hardly be more pronounced.
The Spanish left-back has only just returned after 11 months out.
The former Forest midfielder is currently training with the Championship side.
Left-back Dani Pinillos has been out of action for almost a year.
The Dane is currently on the recovery road after an ankle injury.
The Frenchman is not focusing on things out of his control.
Nottingham Forest will reportedly move on from Philippe Montanier once their takeover goes through.
Nottingham Forest have struggled in the Championship so far this season.
Some fans are ready to call time on Philippe Montanier's spell as Nottingham Forest boss.
Nottingham Forest supporters have seen a number of talented academy products in recent years. We examine Matty Cash, Jorge Grant, Ben Brereton and Joe Worrall.