Stuart Pearce’s Forest side stormed to the top of the table early in the season with a run of incredible performances, although they have failed to win any of their last three games, and currently sit second.
Similarly, Charlton enjoyed a fantastic start to the season, although they too have struggled in recent weeks, with draws instead of wins keeping their run going. However, they did clinch a surprise victory at Carrow Road on Tuesday night, defeating current league leaders Norwich City 1-0.
They are the only two clubs to remain undefeated in the Championship, and it is no surprise to see them both at the top end of the table, but how do they compare side-by-side.
Both sides have played 10 games, with Forest winning one more than their South London counterparts, with five wins and five draws bringing 20 points to the City Ground. When looked at in more depth it is evident where this extra game has been won, having scored four more goals and conceded two fewer than Charlton.
Both teams cede possession to their opposition, and both record a similar amount of touches, but Forest are slightly more rough than the Addicks, picking up 22 yellow cards to 17 - though neither team has had a man dismissed this season.
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It is no surprise to see Forest netting more goals that Charlton, considering they have taken over 30 more shots than the Londoners, although their conversion rate is actually lower than the Addicks. A large portion of their attempts fail to find the target, and whilst their ‘shotgun approach’ to goalscoring was working in the early part of the season, a lack of finesse has seen the club go three gams without a goal.
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Despite a failure to score in recent weeks, Forest have held onto their unbeaten record with a series of strong defensive displays, with three of their six clean-sheets coming in their last three games. Not only do they concede fewer shots, but goalkeeper Karl Darlow has a more impressive save percentage than Stephen Henderson and Nick Pope, who have shared shot-stopping duties for Charlton.
The one area where the Addicks defeat Forest is in their tackle success rate, although the 1% difference has negligible impact across the length of the entire season.
With recent struggles, it looks increasingly likely that both clubs will lose their unbeaten records sooner rather than later. However, it may be up to Forest to hold their record for longer than Charlton’s with a tough defence coping through the goalless struggle and keeping Stuart Pearce’s men joint top of the Championship table.