Are Bolton There for the Taking?

Nine games unbeaten in the league, the Reds will want to break their cycle of 1-1 draws in a positive way and the arrival of crisis-hit Wanderers surely provides the best opportunity to do that.

Neil Lennon’s side are six points adrift of safety and face a High Court hearing on Monday over a winding-up petition brought by HMRC.

That has led to some frantic negotiations this week regarding the sale of players such as Mark Davies and Zach Clough with Sheffield Wednesday keen on a deal for Davies.

For Dougie Freedman, ahead of the meeting with his former club, he will look for Forest start the game with more urgency than against Birmingham in midweek where they were forced to come from behind.

The Reds will also hope an appeal against David Vaughan’s dismissal in the midweek draw with Birmingham City will be successful.

Visiting boss Gary Rowett admitted the red card was harsh, saying: “If we had won the game on the back of that, I think it would have been slightly unjust."