Towards the end of last season many expected Nottingham Forest to be plying their trade in League One in 2017/18, the Tricky Trees dropping like the proverbial stone down the Championship table following some utterly dismal performances. They picked themselves up at the eleventh hour however with an excellent 3-0 win over Ipswich Town in their final league game and they have started this season in similar fashion, manager Mark Warburton clearly determined to avoid another relegation scare.
Forest's relative success so far this season has been something of a surprise given that they haven't exactly been the biggest summer spenders in the division and they have dispensed with some notable talent, most notably Britt Assombalonga to Championship rivals Middlesbrough. Nevertheless Warburton is clearly having a positive influence at the City Ground and the fans won't be too bothered whom their side have sold during the summer, just as long as these excellent results keep coming in.
As things stand, Nottingham Forest have lost just a single game in all competitions since the start of the season and with three Championship wins from four league outings, they sit healthily on nine points. Leeds United will be eager to put this excellent run to an end when they visit the City Ground this weekend but we're not too confident of their chances.
The Whites were unlucky not to have secured for themselves a place in last season's play-offs, however some disappointing results at a crucial stage of the campaign resulted in them failing to make the grade. They have been pretty hit and miss so far this season although they have bagged themselves a couple of league wins and two draws, therefore they can certainly provide Forest with meaningful opposition on Saturday.
Indeed we expect to see the visitors get their names onto the scoresheet given that they have scored seven in their last two outings, however ultimately we believe that the Tricky Trees will win the day and underline their intentions to be amongst the play-off contenders at this early stage of the season.