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Preview: Tonight’s Carabao Cup Nottingham Forest v Fleetwood Town

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Nottingham Forest get their Carabao Cup campaign underway this evening when Fleetwood Town visit The City Ground (kick-off 7.45pm).

The Reds will be hoping for another decent run in the competition, having reached the fourth round last season but come across a strong Fleetwood side.

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Joey Barton’s men have won their first two league games of the season and arrive for their first visit to Trentside in buoyant mood.

Team news

Reds boss Sabri Lamouchi said he will give some players the chance to impress but will not make wholesale changes to his side.

Forest were unchanged for the match at Leeds on Saturday, with Lamouchi naming the same starting 11, but there could be first appearances for Carl Jenkinson, Yuri Ribeiro and Brice Samba.

Head to head

There has been just the one meeting between the two sides prior to this evening’s clash.

Forest and Fleetwood also met on the 13th August in 2012, with The Reds coming out on top in the first round of the Capital One Cup thanks to Dexter Blackstock’s 57th-minute strike.

Fleetwood Town boss Joey Barton is hoping to continue his side’s momentum from their first two league games into tonight’s cup tie.

After a fine 3-1 victory over promotion hopefuls Peterborough on the opening day, The Trawlermen followed that up with a 2-1 triumph against Wimbledon on the weekend.

arton says he will make some changes but doesn’t want his side to lose any momentum heading into the tie at The City Ground.

He said: “We have good momentum in the league, we want to keep that momentum.

“So if I do make changes they will not be wholesale, it is not like the Leasing.com Trophy or whatever it is called. We want a decent cup run.

“I think the way we have started the season, we have players chomping for minutes and it is up to them to show us what they can do – but it will not be wholesale changes.”

Referee

Alan Young will be the man in the middle for tonight’s game as he officiates for the first time at The City Ground.

He made the step up to be an EFL referee last season and will take charge of a Forest game for the first time this evening.

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