Nottingham Forest made a flying start to the Championship season but now find themselves on the back of a seven matches without a victory and face the trip to Huddersfield Town, who are unbeaten in their last six games.
Forest have drawn six of the last seven matches with their last match ending in a defeat to Blackburn Rovers at the City Ground last weekend that has seen them fall to 7th place in the league.
Chris Powell has began to turn it around at Huddersfield with three wins and three draws from the last six matches which involved the 2-2 draw at Ipswich Town last week as the Terriers came back from two down to draw the match.
Powell has no fresh injury worries. James Vaughan is still nowhere near ready for first-team action but has stepped up his rehabilitation from a calf injury by spending last week at England’s St George’s Park training camp.
Joe Lolley and Adam Hammill have returned to training but are unlikely to feature in the squad.
Midfielder Duane Holmes was recalled from a loan spell at Bury but needs to impress in training before being considered for the first-team fold.
Tom Ince joined Forest on loan this week from Premier League side Hull City and is expected to go straight into the side to face Huddersfield.
Boss Stuart Pearce will be without Andy Reid (groin), Chris Cohen (knee) and Jack Hobbs (ankle) and there is also doubt over the fitness of youngster Jorge Grant. Nottingham Forest won 2-0 at the John Smith’s Stadium in August in the Capital One Cup.
Forest are unbeaten in their last nine meetings with Huddersfield, winning the last four. Huddersfield’s last win was a 2-1 home victory in League One in November 2005.
Forest have won the last two meetings in Huddersfield, scoring five without conceding.
Huddersfield’s last defeat was to Leeds United on 20 September but has since won three and drawn three. The Terriers are unbeaten in their last four home matches, winning two.
Forest have not won in the league since a 5-3 home victory over Fulham on 17 September and have not won any of their last five away matches in all competitions, losing two.
The man in the middle for the clash is Andy Davies from Hampshire. Davies has only been a professional referee since the 2012/13 season and has mainly taken charge of League One and League Two games but has done some Championship matches.
He has refereed one match in the Championship this season and has issued 35 yellow cards and one red from 10 games this season.
Davies took charge of the Huddersfield Town v. Brighton clash at the John Smith’s Stadium last season where he issued seven yellow cards.
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