East v West (Midlands)
West Brom continue their attempt to match achievement with expectation tomorrow with another tough game. In what is probably the pick of the weekend’s ties, the Baggies travel East to the City Ground for their first meeting with the Reds of Nottingham in five years. West Brom went up that season, and most have them down for another return to the Top Table, and rightly so. With adventurous full-backs and goal scoring midfielders aplenty, the Baggies should end up having one of best home records in the league, but trips to the likes of Forest will be the real yardstick. Billy Davies’s well-documented summer spending-spree has seen Forest emerge as a possible contender for this season’s dark horse and, while defensively-vulnerable at the time of writing, no team will enjoy an easy game there in the next year. A winning start on the road could propel the Baggies to a good early run; with their next three away games reading newly-promoted Peterborough in midweek, Sheffield United and Middlesbrough, they could certainly do with it.