City are looking for a 4th straight victory in the Championship and to consolidate their lead at the top of the table.
On a sombre note the City team today will wear black armbands as a mark of respect to the young woman who lost her life in Cardiff yesterday after a man drove into, and injured, a dozen people, most of them children.
The incident that shocked the City occured at several locations in Ely and Leckwith with some people left on the ground injured at the ASDA petrol station opposite Cardiff City Stadium.
On the pitch the BBC reports that on-loan Nottingham Forest duo Jermaine Jenas and Sam Hutchinson may miss the game because of a lack of match fitness and Henri Lansbury is also a doubt.
Striker Dexter Blackstock completes a three-match ban, while defender Daniel Ayala will be given a late check.
Cardiff have midfielder Jordon Mutch available after a foot injury and Craig Bellamy may play after a knee problem.
Forward Tommy Smith has recovered from a groin problem and Kim Bo-Kyung should be in the squad after a minor niggle.
Malky Mackay is taking nothng for granted.
“We’re up there and people will judge you,” he said.
“But are we a scalp? Not particularly, I don’t think it (being leaders) has any bearing on the game at all.
“Forest are at home and it’s a tough day whatever.
“If you play a team who’s on a bad run or has changed a manager you might see that as a team you can have a go at.
“But other than that you look at the division and every team you play you expect a tough day.
“Bottom can beat top any week in this division and has done for years on any given day.
“If you go into a game not thinking you’re playing a tough opponent that’s when it bites you.”
Nottingham Forest v Cardiff City