Nottingham Forest vs Fulham preview: Play-off consolidation the aim for both sides
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Fourth-placed Fulham travel to The City Ground to face Nottingham Forest, who lie just a place below them, with both teams looking to consolidate their position in the play-offs.

Forest were on course for all three points against their rivals Derby County at the weekend before a last-minute goal from Chris Martin pegged them back. Despite the disappointment of missing out on a derby victory, The Reds are now unbeaten in four league games and look nailed on for a play-off finish.

On the other hand, Fulham profited from a last-minute goal as they battled to a 1-0 victory over Birmingham City on Saturday afternoon thanks to Josh Onomah's 94th-minute strike. Scott Parker's side have now won back-to-back league games, both without top goalscorer Aleksandr Mitrovic who has been suspended.

Team news

Only one change is likely for Forest with Tiago Silva set to return to the midfield, with the home side having no confirmed absentees ahead of Tuesday night's game.

Sammy Ameobi and Adama Diakhaby are among the other players who could be recalled after featuring off the bench in the East Midlands derby.

Parker will recall left-back Joe Bryan to replace Denis Odoi in the starting XI after he impressed from the bench at the weekend, also, Neeskens Kebano is available after serving his suspension, but Mitrovic still has one game left of his suspension to serve.

Predicted line-ups

Nottingham Forest (4-3-3): Samba; Cash, Figueiredo, Worrall, Ribeiro; Yates, Watson, Sow; Lolley, Grabban, Silva.


Fulham (4-3-3): Rodak; Christie, Hector, Ream, Bryan; Onomah, Reed, Cairney; Knockaert, Decordova-Reid, Cavaleiro.

Ones to watch

Nottingham Forest – Lewis Grabban

Working under Sabri Lamouchi has really seemed to help Grabban’s game, with the journeyman striker behind only the aforementioned Mitrovic and Brentford’s Ollie Watkins for goals this season.

Being a man of many clubs, it has not generally been the forward’s ability that has come into the question during his career, more his effort levels and attitude, which seem to have improved astronomically this season.

Fulham – Joe Bryan

With Bryan likely to be injected back into the starting line-up for this clash between playoff hopefuls, it will be interesting to see how the full-back adapts his offensive game without the presence of Mitrovic.

Bryan is Fulham’s top assist-getter, however, six of his seven have been off a Mitrovic goal, and with the right-hand side of the pitch undoubtedly Forest’s stronger side with Matty Cash and Joe Lolley, Tuesday’s game will be a huge test left-back.

Last time out

It was a Grabban double that undid Fulham in the two clubs the last meeting all the way back in August of last year, which ended a three-game winning streak for The Cottagers.

The hosts dominated the ball, ending the game with 78% possession, but did not create enough to really earn the right to win the game as Forest won their first game in five meetings with the West Londoners.

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