This is a clash featuring two sides who are tipped to make serious promotion pushes. Despite these pre-season predictions, neither team sits even in the playoff positions after the opening four games with West Ham in 7th place while Nottingham Forest are slightly lower in 12th.
Nottingham Forest may have started the season as one of the favorites for promotion, yet manager Steve McClaren and their supporters will have known that under the current circumstances, this is something that is unlikely to happen. After taking over during the summer, McClaren saw many big name players leave the City Ground and really, he has struggled to replace them. The club have managed to sign the impressive duo of Ishmael Miller and Matt Derbyshire, but in other positions they appear weak and it remains to be seen what activity McClaren will oversee as the clock to the transfer deadline ticks down. So far, the club have accumulated the five points although their supporters will have been encouraged by recent events. Forest managed to recover from a two goal deficit to draw with Leicester last week, while they also thrashed Wycombe 4-1 in the Carling Cup midweek.
West Ham are faring slightly better, but Sam Allardyce will be hoping that their season starts to accelerate much more in future weeks. The club have collected seven points from their opening four games and out of the three clubs relegated from the Premiership, they are surprisingly placed the highest. However, the last couple of results will be of major concern to Allardyce after his team firstly threw away a lead to draw with Leeds last weekend. To make matters worse, they were then incredibly knocked out of the Carling Cup by Aldershot, meaning that confidence at Upton Park is likely to be very low. With rumors speculation that Scott Parker could also be set to leave the club, some of the Hammers faithful could be slightly worried about their current situation.
As for team news, there is just one piece of information to report on for the home side as Guy Moussi prepares to make his first start of the season following a calf injury. He is likely to be joined in midfield by George Boateng, who was strategically rested for the midweek game against Wycombe. West Ham on the other hand are preparing for big changes following their midweek defeat. Many fringe players were given an opportunity for the Aldershot game, but after the disappointing result Sam Allardyce is likely to restore his main team.
In terms of a prediction, our tip will be a West Ham victory. The Hammers may have had a poor week following two disappointing results, but on paper they are much stronger than their opponents and our prediction will be a 2-1 win for the Upton Park outfit.