Nottingham Forest v Reading preview
Last Updated: 10/08/18 5:21pm
Michael Hefele could make his Nottingham Forest debut against Reading.
The 27-year-old German joined the Reds on a permanent deal from Huddersfield this week and will compete for a place in the team along with Michael Dawson, Joe Worrall, Tobias Figueiredo and Danny Fox. Worrall is available after illness forced him to miss the midweek draw with West Brom.
Aitor Karanka's preferred formation is 4-2-3-1 but with such a wealth of talent at centre-half, he has admitted he could be tempted to try three at the back.
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Reading central defender Liam Moore, who missed the opening-day defeat to Derby, could be back in contention after withdrawing his transfer request. Moore had been linked with a move away from the Madejski Stadium this week but nothing materialised before the transfer window closed.
Tyler Blackett is available after a ban and Sam Baldock is pushing for a full debut after coming on as a substitute against the Rams. Adrian Popa is not ready to be considered yet despite returning to training.
Nottingham Forest are unbeaten in their last four home league matches against Reading (W3 D1).
Reading have kept just one clean sheet in their last 10 league matches against Forest across the last five seasons, a 2-0 win in October 2016.
Nottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka has faced Paul Clement twice in the Championship previously, winning one and drawing one match in 2015-16 as Middlesbrough manager against Clement's Derby County side.
Reading have already lost as many matches from winning positions this season as they did last season (1).
Nottingham Forest have lost just one of their last eight home league games (W3 D4), vs Brentford in April.
Reading are goalless in their last four away league games, attempting just 14 shots across those matches and just one shot on target.
David Prutton predicts: 3-1 (14/1 with Sky Bet)