Saturday sees a resumption of hostilities as Nottingham Forest host Derby County in the eagerly-awaited second East Midlands Derby of the season.
Forest ran out 3-0 winners at the City Ground in August, courtesy of goals from Albert Adomah, Joe Lolley and Joao Carvalho.
Derby County have been in the news recently due to the car crash involving Tom Lawrence, Mason Bennett and former club captain Richard Keogh.
Keogh was sacked by the Rams last week after refusing to take a pay cut to stay at Pride Park for the remainder of his contract. The centre-back suffered a severe knee injury in the incident which is likely to see him out of action until late 2020.
Forest sit 6th in the Championship table, five points behind table-topping West Brom, while Saturday’s visitors find themselves a lowly 15th after losing last season’s playoff final against Aston Villa.
The Reds fought back from consecutive defeats against Wigan Athletic and Hull City by beating Luton Town 2-1 at Kenilworth Road on Saturday.
Many have tipped Sabri Lamouchi’s side to challenge for a top-six finish this season; Forest have looked impressive so far under the Frenchman, especially on their travels.
Derby beat ten-man Middlesbrough 2-0 on Saturday, as they hope to halt an inconsistent run for manager Phillip Cocu.
The East Midlands Derby is worth more than just three points. Since 2007, the two sides have competed for the Brian Clough Trophy after the legendary manager brought success to both clubs: a league title for Derby County, a league cup and league title for Forest and, most notably, consecutive European Cups in 1979 and 1980.
A win on Saturday could propel Forest to fourth in the table, while three points for Derby could shoot the Rams up to eighth, testament to just how competitive the Championship is setting up to be this season.