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Championship Preview: Forest, QPR given away tests

By Football News



Nottingham Forest will aim for four successive Championship wins to start the season when they visit Watford on Sunday.

Forest have started superbly, winning all three of their fixtures and not conceding in the process.

Manager Billy Davies has spent more than £5 million bringing in the likes of Kelvin Wilson, Djamel Abdoun and Jamie Mackie to strengthen his Forest squad.

Defenders Gonzalo Jara and Eric Lichaj joined on free transfers while Jack Hobbs signed a season-long loan deal that is set to become permanent in a busy close-season for the City Ground outfit.

And the early signs look encouraging for Forest, who have defeated Huddersfield Town, Blackburn Rovers and Bolton Wanderers already.

Forest will face a stern test against the second-placed Watford though, who are one of the favourites to win promotion after losing the play-off final to Crystal Palace last term.

Gianfranco Zola's side have scored 10 goals in their three Championship games and netted twice in the last 15 minutes at Reading on Saturday to salvage a 3-3 draw.

Watford striker Troy Deeney – who scored 20 league goals last term - has already scored five times in three Championship fixtures this season.

QPR will visit Bolton on Saturday eager to keep their unbeaten record alive after an impressive start to life in the second tier.

Harry Redknapp's side, who were relegated from the Premier League last term, have won two of their three fixtures and conceded just one goal.

With less than a fortnight remaining before the transfer window shuts, Redknapp will be hopeful of keeping hold of stars Joey Barton, Andy Johnson, Bobby Zamora and Shaun Wright-Phillips.

Bolton, who finished superbly last season, have battled in the current campaign with two draws to show from their first three fixtures.

Leeds United are one of eight clubs who are still unbeaten and travel to Portman Road to face Ipswich Town on Saturday.

New Leeds signing Scott Wootton – a 21-year-old defender from Manchester United – could make his debut in the fixture.

Other matches on Saturday see the newly promoted AFC Bournemouth visit Huddersfield Town, while Blackpool and Reading – who are both yet to taste defeat this season - meet each other at Bloomfield Road.

Leicester City have two wins and one draw from three Championship fixtures and host Birmingham City, while Charlton Athletic take on Doncaster Rovers and Derby County go to Yeovil Town.

In meetings between sides who have struggled this season, Sheffield Wednesday play Millwall at Hillsborough and Blackburn Rovers face Barnsley.

Other fixtures see Brighton and Hove Albion play Burnley while on Sunday, FA Cup winners Wigan Athletic welcome the visit of Middlesbrough.