Nottingham Forest have the opportunity to become serious contenders for automatic promotion in the next few weeks.
It wasn’t the best performance from Sabri Lamouchi’s side at the weekend against Wigan Athletic.
However, a 10-match unbeaten run before that means that the Reds remain fourth in the league.
Wins against the likes of Fulham, Swansea City and Stoke City have shown that Lamouchi’s side have the credentials to push for promotion to the Premier League.
However, the weekend’s defeat against Wigan Athletic will have been a reality check for many. The Reds weren’t able to produce the same level of performance as they have done in recent weeks.
But if Forest are serious about promotion, it’s the four-game run in front of them before the next international break which could prove significant.
To begin with, the Reds return to the City Ground to face Hull City tomorrow night.
The Tigers have lost their last two matches against Huddersfield Town and Queens Park Rangers, conceding six goals in the process. That will be a major concern for Grant McCann.
With Michael Dawson potentially back involved, the Reds will be expected to pick up all three points.
Forest will have another good opportunity to pick up three points when they remain on home soil to face Reading at the weekend.
Securing back-to-back home wins in quick succession has been something the Reds have struggled with in recent years.
Putting the West Bromwich Albion game aside, the Reds have been solid at home this season. The main issue they’ve had has been scoring goals. They’ll be looking to put both Hull and Reading to the sword.
After that, the Reds are away at Luton Town. Graeme Jones’ side have been unfortunate so far this season. Their luck may have turned at the weekend as they beat Bristol City 3-0 at Kenilworth Road.
The Hatters are currently sat in the lower half of the league table. They are five points clear of the relegation zone following their promotion from League One last season.
Finally, Forest return to the City Ground to face rivals Derby County, having already beaten the Rams once this season. If the Reds can match that performance, they could head into the international break in a great position.
It’s a huge opportunity for Forest to really put themselves in the mix heading into the Christmas period.