Form goes out the window when it comes to derby matches, that is what Forest will certainly be hoping for come Saturday afternoon, writes Tom Walker.
The Reds’ 0-0 draw against Doncasetr Rovers last weekend was their seventh game without victory, six of those coming in Championship fixtures.
Played out in front of 27,402 the draw was probably the right result in terms of fairness. Forest struggling for form and confidence will make the short trip along Brian Clough way to the iPro Stadium to face fierce rivals Derby County in what is a crucial game for both sides.
Derby are looking to both cement their top six spot and also put pressure on Burnley in second place. Forest however are looking to fend off interest from Reading, Brighton and Ipswich for the final play-off position.
It promises to be the biggest game between the two rivals for many years, Derby could knock Forest out of the top six by 5pm Saturday evening and really cause a psychological blow to Davies’ men.
Forest’s poor form has been well documented over the last month and a half, however Derby are also having a slight blip in form. No win in four games and even more worryingly – no goals scored, has left Rams fans concerned regarding recent creativity and a lack of a cutting edge.
The game televised live on Sky Sports could make or break Forest’s season and Davies will be hoping his injury ravaged squad can retain the Brian Clough trophy.