Last season, Nottingham Forest got off to such a positive start but a nightmare run cost them dear and cost Stuart Pearce his job.
This time around Dougie Freedman will be hoping to build on some of the brighter signs at the beginning of the last campaign. There's some real talent in the squad and the target will be a play-off push.
Damien Lucas: Another summer of uncertainty over player signings doesn't stop Forest from leading the way for a few months but Dougie Freedman's side struggle to sustain it.
Freddie Shires: A mixture of proven Championship quality and up-and-coming youth should keep Dougie Freedman’s men in the hunt for a top six finish.
Mathew Nash: No major improvements at Forest and Assombalonga remains out of action until the new year, nothing special here.
Che Thomas: Forest are another side who could well finish higher than this, but for me, doubts about the future of Henri Lansbury and Michail Antonio mean they struggle to advance on where they were last season.
Stephen Pickering: Dougie Freedman will be tasked with taking the Reds into the Premier League, but could find the job too difficult. Financial fair play restrictions have hurt the East Midlands outfit this summer and a bottom half finish looks most likely. Key player: Michail Antonio.
Tim Poole: A better showing than last year is on the cards but there are still deficiencies within Forest's squad in terms of a promotion push, as well as questions over Michail Antonio's future.
Billy Hawkins: Poor signings due to FFP keep Forest far off the pace, but could be a season of stability.
Our writers were asked to predict the outcome of next season's Championship campaign. We accumulated their rankings (24 points for first place, 1 for 24th, etc), and created a predicted 2015-16 league table.
And here it is:
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