Harry Wilson v Ben Osborn could be the mismatch that decides the East Midlands derby
Derby County face Nottingham Forest at Pride Park on Monday in Frank Lampard’s first taste of the East Midlands derby.
This is a highly anticipated fixture in the Championship calendar and fine margins will decide this game.
But Aitor Karanka takes his Nottingham Forest team to Derby with a defensive crisis.
Tobias Figueiredo is still serving a suspension, while Michael Dawson and Danny Fox are injured.
As a result, Karanka will have to reshuffle his back line and this could play into Derby’s hands.
Last week, Nottingham Forest fielded left-back Jack Robinson in central defence, with midfielder Ben Osborn at left-back.
Derby-born Osborn will be the weak link that the Rams look to exploit and with in-form winger Harry Wilson lining up against him, this could be the mismatch that decides the East Midlands derby.
Osborn is often a scapegoat among Nottingham Forest fans with his performances varying in quality.
The 24-year-old can play at left-back but Wilson is one of the best wingers in the league and he will be tough to contain.
Wilson, on loan from Liverpool, is enjoying another impressive season in the second tier.
With seven league goals and an assist to his name, the Wales international will be hoping to add to those tallies against Nottingham Forest.
With his pace, skill and eye for goal, the 21-year-old might be too much for Osborn to handle.