Watford vs Nottingham Forest preview: How to watch, kick-off time, team news, predicted lineups and ones to watch 
Jeremy Ngakia of Watford battles for the ball with Joe Lolley of Nottingham Forest during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Watford at the City Ground, Nottingham on Wednesday 2nd December 2020. (Photo by Jon Hobley/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Xisco Munoz and his Watford side will be looking to make it back to back wins when they host Nottingham Forest at Vicarage Road on Saturday. 

The Hornets come into this game on the back of a 2-0 win against strugglers Wycombe Wanderers

Meanwhile, the Reds will be looking to return to winning ways after falling to a narrow 1-0 defeat at home against Luton Town thanks to a goal from former Manchester United man Ryan Tunnicliffe

Coming into the game, Watford sit in third place looking to close the gap on the top two, whilst Forest occupy 16th eight points clear of the drop zone.

Team news

Colombian international Carlos Sanchez joined the club on Thursday but won't play any part this weekend.

Nathaniel Chalobah serves the final instalment of his suspension, but Joao Pedro is back available and could return upfront.

Christian Kabasele, Tom Cleverley, Ben Foster and Troy Deeney are all still struggling with injuries and look so set to miss out once again. 

Forest look set to welcome back Sammy Ameobi after the winger returned off the bench in midweek. 

Midfielder Ryan Yates is ready and available for the game but Harry Arter and Scott McKenna are still unavailable. 

James Garner and Glenn Murray could both play against the side they were on loan at for the first half of the season. 

Predicted lineups

Watford (4-4-2): 

Bachmann, Femenia, Sierralta, Troost-Ekong, Masina, Sarr, Hughes, Gosling, Sema, Pedro, Gray. 

Nottingham Forest (4-2-3-1): 

Samba; Christie, Figueiredo, Worrall, Ribeiro, Yates, Garner, Knockaert, Krovinovic, Ameobi, Murray. 

Ones to watch

Ismaila Sarr - Watford 

The speedy winger has enjoyed a good spell in the Championship this season. The Senegalese international has eight goals and four assists in his 30 league games this season. His turn of pace is what has caused teams the most teams trouble, often leaving players for dead, but it's his end product that has let him down at times. However, in recent weeks he has shown glimpses of improvement, including an impressive double against Bristol City

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Glenn Murray - Nottingham Forest 

The former Watford man has two goals for the Reds this season with both of them coming against Wycombe on his debut. His all-round centre forward play also impressed the Forest faithful. He holds up the ball well and is able to draw many fouls in dangerous positions for the Reds whilst also showing great composure when needed.

Against William Troost-Ekong, it will be interesting to see who will come out on top in the battle between two very experienced players. 

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Previous meetings

The two sides met earlier in the season playing out a 0-0 draw at the City Ground. Over the last five encounters, it is all square with three draws and one win apiece. The last game between the sides at Vicarage Road ended in a 2-2 draw with Odion Ighalo and Matej Vydra scoring for the Hornets and Michail Antonio for the Reds

Last time out... 

How to watch

Due to the current national lockdown, no fans will be in attendance at the Vicarage Road. This means the game is available on iFollow through Watford and Forest's respective club websites, with passes being priced at £10. 

The game is also live on Sky Sports Main Event.

The game kicks off at 12:30 BST on Saturday 6 March 2021.

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