Nottingham Forest will be eager to post their first points of the season when they welcome Sheffield United to the City Ground for a Friday evening clash.
Forest gave Arsenal a scare in their opening game of the campaign at the Emirates, and despite a late rally where they netted seven minutes from the end, they suffered a 2-1 defeat.
Chances were at a premium, and Steve Cooper’s charges were left to rue some slack defending that contributed to their downfall.
Similarly, Sheffield United were edged out by Crystal Palace at Bramall Lane last weekend (1-0), however, the Blades lacked a cutting edge up front.
Had it not been for the smart saves pulled off by Wes Foderingham, then the margin of victory might have been much greater for Palace.
That aside, Paul Heckingbottom has a spate of injuries to contend with that could well derail United in the early stages of the campaign.
But will Forest get back on track? I have disseminated the main betting markets, and I have selected a couple of tips to add to your betting slips.
Even Stevens in the Midlands
After United’s dismal performance against Palace, some fans may well be fearing this could be a long and arduous season.
There has even been some taunting on social media that Derby’s unenviable points total accumulated in the 2007/08 campaign (11) where they lost 29 games, is in danger of being broken.
Although William Osula tried to get on the end of things and engineer some chances, United are desperately short on firepower up front.
Forest, meanwhile, have to learn to get out of the gate quicker, otherwise, they will give themselves a mountain to climb as the Arsenal display illustrated.
Even though United claimed a 2-1 victory on their previous visit to the City Ground, two of the past four meetings have resulted in draws.
And to kick off this preview, I have a predilection that we could well see a 1-1 draw. If you fancy pursuing that in the Correct Score section, Paddy Power has supplied a price of 5/1 for you.
Forest to find luck from set piece
While there has been a steady rise in the number of goals scored from corners in the Premier League, teams like Forest will be hoping to profit more from other dead-ball situations this term, such as free-kicks.
More often than not, teams fail to beat the first man, and Forest were guilty of that against the Gunners.
Forest and United may well not create a glut of opportunities, and it could be a lapse in concentration at the back from a free kick that could well lead to a goal being conceded.
Morgan Gibbs-White is usually on free-kick duty, and he could well toss a ball into the box that could cause mayhem.
For my second pick, I have been a bit bolder, and gone with the method of goal line, and Forest to score from a free-kick, which is trading at an inviting 16/1 with William Hill.