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Friday, 27 November 2020

Preview ahead of Nottingham Forest v Derby County cup clash


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Nottingham Forest and Derby County meet at The City Ground as there is more than just a place in the third round of the Carabao Cup at stake (kick-off 7.45pm).

The City Ground is set for the latest instalment of the East Midlands derby as the two rivals go head-to-head once again, but only for the second time in the League Cup.

It will be the first taste of the derby for both Sabri Lamouchi and Phillip Cocu, as The Reds look to continue their good form at the start of the season with cup progress.

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Sabri Lamouchi has said there will be changes to the Forest side that won at Fulham on the weekend.

With this being Forest’s seventh game so far this month, there will be changes but not wholesale ones as The Reds look for cup progress against their rivals.

Chema Rodriguez has been pressing to be involved for the first time since his switch, while there could be further action for Yuri Ribeiro. Joao Carvalho is getting nearer to being involved since his return to training from injury and could be involved in the 18-man squad.

Derby County manager Phillip Cocu is looking forward to his first tast of the East Midlands derby.

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He said: “They told me on the first day I came in about the rivalry, so I am looking forward to it.

“It is really good to play against Forest and I believe it will be a great cup game. We have to make sure we win the game to go home.

“As players you should look forward to them too. To play in intense games and the fans are more intense than usual, is one of the reasons you play football to enjoy that.

“No hesitation, no doubts, just enjoy and play a good game. There is always an important balance to keep in mind in any game to stay on with 11 players.

“You have to show the right aggressiveness but don’t cross the line because if you go down with one player it will be extremely difficult to win. It is something for the players to think about.”


John Brooks will be the referee for tomorrow night’s game, taking charge of his fifth game of the season.

He was in the middle for three Forest games last season, the 2-0 victory away to Middlesbrough, the 3-2 defeat in the Carabao Cup against Burton and the 3-3 draw at Norwich.