Earlier in the week, it seemed as if Forest were set up for a good run in the Carabao Cup. With the majority of top teams using this competition as an opportunity to rest players, the Reds could have used their squad depth to continue fielding squads that were more than capable of competing at Championship level.
However, those dreams of a decent cup run may have been dashed as the East Midlands club have been handed arguably their worst possible draw in the second round.
Indeed, the Reds have been drawn against their great rivals Derby County.
On the surface, you would think that avoiding a Premier League team in the second round would be beneficial for their hopes of progressing, but due to the amount of rotation these top sides usually do in this competition, that may not be the case.
Instead, a clash has been set up with one of the only teams who will have the incentive to give it their all in this fixture.
A win for Derby at the City Ground will be a huge momentum booster, not only for the fans but also for the players on the pitch.
Securing a win against your bitter rivals is always important when it comes to cultivating a positive atmosphere. Therefore, it’s hard to see the Rams fielding a weakened team against the Reds whereas other sides would have happily rotated.
Can Forest beat Derby? Yes, they proved that last season, but this must be one of the toughest draws they could have been handed as their opponents will most likely play their strongest team in this one.