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Nottingham Forest should be wary of resting too many first-team regulars against Burton Albion

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Nottingham Forest should be wary of resting too many first-team regulars against Burton Albion

In previous rounds of the competition the Forest boss has chosen to shuffle his pack considerably.

Nottingham Forest face Burton Albion in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday evening with a place in the quarter-final up for grabs.

The Reds go into the contest on the back of two promising away displays in the league and will fancy their chances against League One opposition.

It seems likely that boss Aitor Karanka will make changes for the game but given the incentive he should perhaps refrain from making wholesale changes.

In previous rounds the ex-Middlesbrough boss has chosen to shuffle his pack considerably. With the last eight of the competition now within touching distance, it perhaps wouldn’t be recommended this time around.

LEEDS, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 27: Nottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka looks dejected at Elland Road on October 27, 2018 in Leeds, England. (Photo by Alex Dodd – CameraSport via Getty Images)

The Reds boast a sizeable squad these days and Karanka will know he has to make a couple of changes to keep things fresh. Making too many, however, could see the Reds caught cold by Nigel Clough’s side, who will also want to reach the next stage.

In the very first round of the competition Forest made 11 changes against Bury and needed a stoppage time equaliser from Matty Cash to force a penalty shoot-out, which they eventually won.

 

The likes of goalkeeper Luke Steele and midfielder Liam Bridcutt have featured heavily in previous rounds of the competition and they look set to play once again on Tuesday.

Karanka should be wary however when it comes to starting too many players who haven’t played much football recently.

Burton will want to give their fans something to cheer after their mediocre start to the campaign. The Reds’ boss would also be wise to remember that Forest’s record at Burton is nothing short of lousy.

Nothing less than a professional display will do if Forest are to progress on Tuesday.

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