Nottingham Forest vs Ipswich preview
Last Updated: 30/11/18 12:54pm
Nottingham Forest will be without suspended defender Tobias Figueiredo for the Sky Bet Championship match against Ipswich.
The Portuguese starts a three-game ban after being shown a straight red card during Wednesday night's remarkable 5-5 draw at Aston Villa.
German Michael Hefele could come into the defence as cover, while forward Gil Dias and Karim Ansarifard are other attacking options for boss Aitor Karanka should he want to make changes. Defender Danny Fox (foot) and forward Hillal Soudani (knee) both continue their recovery.
Ipswich boss Paul Lambert intends to freshen up his side after naming the same starting XI for four successive games. Lambert reported no new injury concerns from the midweek 3-2 home defeat by Bristol City, when forwards Kayden Jackson, forward Ellis Harrison and Jack Lankester all came off the bench.
On-loan midfielder Tayo Edun has returned to Fulham for treatment on an eye problem, and defender Myles Kenlock (ankle) is working on his fitness. Midfielders Tom Adeyemi (Achilles) and Emyr Huws (knee) both continue their own rehabilitation.
Nottingham Forest have won three of their last four league matches against Ipswich (L1).
Ipswich are winless in 13 away league visits to Nottingham Forest (D6 L7) since a 1-0 win in December 1999.
Nottingham Forest's Aitor Karanka has lost just one of his six Championship games as a manager against Ipswich Town (W4 D1), a 2-0 loss in December 2014 as Middlesbrough boss.
Ipswich have accrued just 11 points from 19 league games so far; since the Championship began in 2004-05, on only three occasions has a side had fewer at this stage in the competition, with each side going on to be relegated (Rotherham, seven points in 2004-05, Blackpool, nine points in 2014-15 and Rotherham again, seven points in 2016-17).
Nottingham Forest have won once in their last 11 Championship matches in December (D2 L8), a 3-2 win over Bolton Wanderers last year.
In Nottingham Forest's 5-5 draw against Aston Villa in midweek, Joe Lolley scored one and assisted four, becoming the first player to be directly involved in five goals in a single Championship game since Garath McCleary also did so for Forest against Leeds United in March 2012 (four goals, one assist).
David Prutton predicts: 2-0 (11/2 with Sky Bet)