Whilst the Reds sit atop the table, the visitors have suffered a less impressive start to the season, sitting in 18th place having scored just eight goals in eight games - less than half of Forest’s tally.
However, one bright spark in the Seagulls season has been the performances of Liverpool loanee Joao Teixeira, who arrived at the club this summer on a short-term deal. The Portuguese youth international has played seven of their eight games this season, and currently co-leads the scoring charts with two goals.
Michail Antonio has been the reason for much of Forest’s early season success, joining from Sheffield Wednesday in the summer, and scoring four times for the Reds already. With Britt Assombalonga, the pair have combined to become the deadliest strike force seen in the division this season.
With Antonio and Teixeira such key figures for their respective teams, we take a look at who has had the bigger season, and who will decide Saturday’s game at the City Ground.
|Position||Team||Mins Played||Won||Goals||Goal Assist||Key Passes per game||Dribbles per game||Touches per game||Appearances|
As can be seen from the above table, Teixeira has actually outperformed his Midlands counterpart as a creator - with just his final ball letting him down.
The Liverpool youngster has played more key passes per game, completed more dribbles per game, and has, on average, five more touches per 90 minutes than Antonio.
However, Antonio has had the benefit of having been incredibly attacking in the Forest set up, having netted five goals from nine shots on target. Despite Teixeira only netting twice, if he had record as many shots as Antonio, he may be hitting similar numbers - having netted two of his three on target attempts.
Antonio also blows Teixeira out the water with his precision in the final third, with five of his 11 key passes registering as goal assists; the Brighton man has just assisted just one goal this season, despite playing 13 key passes in less game time.
On current form, Forest are looking likely to continue their impressive start to the season by claiming another victory. However, if Brighton want to have anything to say about it, Teixeira will have to continue outperforming Antonio, with the hope that his teammates have finally found their shooting boots to complement his incredible playmaking.