Here is a guide to the six new teams that Nottingham Forest will face in the 2014-15 Sky Bet Championship.Wolverhampton Wanderers
Wolves fans had something to smile about for the first time in two years when Kenny Jackett, having taken over from Dean Saunders in the summer, led his new side to promotion from League One last season.
The West Midlands club amassed a record points total, winning the league and attracting an average attendance of over 20,000 in the process, and they will be hoping to carry their momentum into the new season.
Ex-Millwall manager Jackett has already added to his young and settled squad by bringing Dutch winger Rajiv van La Parra and Peterborough captain Tommy Rowe to Molineux. And with the likes of Bakary Sako and James Henry in their ranks, many are tipping Wolves to challenge for the play-offs.
Nottingham Forest travel to Molineux on 22 November with the return fixture on 4 April.
After finishing as runners-up to Wolves in League One, Brentford will be excited by the prospect of a return to England’s second division.
Their promotion came a year after they experienced final-day heartbreak against Doncaster, when The Bees missed a last-minute penalty and were helpless to prevent their opponents from scoring on the break.
That goal consigned Brentford to an eventually unsuccessful play-off campaign but they bounced back brilliantly last season, securing automatic promotion with three games remaining.
The Bees have completed the permanent signing of creative Blackburn midfielder Alan Judge, who scored seven goals in 22 loan appearances at Griffin Park last season, and they have also offered top scorer Clayton Donaldson a new deal.
Brentford will take on Forest at The City Ground on 5 November with the away game on 6 April.
Forest last met The Millers in April 2007 when The Reds were on the hunt for promotion from League One. Rotherham held out for a draw that day, and with the early additions they have made to their squad this summer they look set to provide another tough test this season.
As well as ex-Forest striker Matt Derbyshire, they have signed talented keeper Scott Loach, experienced defender Kirk Broadfoot and explosive Aston Villa forward Jordan Bowery for a club record fee.
Experienced manager Steve Evans has masterminded successive promotions since taking over in April 2012 and few will be underestimating Rotherham in 2014-15.
The Reds will take on Rotherham on 13 December with The Millers coming to The City Ground on 18 March.
The end of last season marked the four-year anniversary of Fulham’s historic run to the Europa League final, where they were beaten by a Diego Forlan-inspired Atletico Madrid.
But instead of making a return to their dizzy European heights in May, a tumultuous season which saw them use 39 players and three managers ended their 13-year stay in the Premier League.
A number of players have left this summer, notably Norwegian centre back Brede Hangeland and midfielder Steve Sidwell, but it’s not all doom and gloom at Craven Cottage.
Manager Felix Magath put his faith in the club’s youngsters towards the end of the season and it’s players like defender Dan Burn who are expected to form the spine of a refreshed Fulham side looking to bounce straight back to the big time.
Fulham come to Trentside on 17 September while Nottingham Forest travel to Craven Cottage on 24 January.
Ole Gunnar Solksjaer built a career on being a super sub, but unfortunately he couldn’t make a big enough impact as Cardiff manager last season.
Solskjaer took over with The Bluebirds one point outside the relegation places after owner Vincent Tan had sacked Malky Mackay. But an unsuccessful January transfer window, combined with his side’s inability to score goals, saw Cardiff relegated.
They will be confident of bouncing straight back, however, after making several astute summer signings. Strikers Adam Le Fondre and Federico Macheda have boarded Solskjaer’s ship and, if he can hold on to their stars from last season, such as Craig Noone and Aron Gunnarsson, Cardiff will be among the bookies’ favourites to win promotion.
October 18 will see The Reds travel to Cardiff while The Bluebirds come to The City Ground on the final day of the season.
The Canaries raised plenty of eyebrows last year when they disposed of Chris Hughton’s services with only five games remaining.
And their high-risk strategy didn’t pay off as they picked up only one more point and were relegated under interim manager Neil Adams.
Adams has since been given the manager’s job permanently and, although he is unknown to some in the footballing world, he is a favourite among the Norfolk club’s faithful. After making 182 appearances for Norwich, he was inducted into the club’s hall of fame in 2002, and in 2013 he guided The Canaries to the FA Youth Cup final.
He will now be hoping to forge similar success in charge of the first team.
Norwich travel to Nottingham Forest on 8 November with the return fixture on 21 March.
*Please note – the current fixture list is a draft. Match dates are subject to change, and Nottingham Forest strongly advise supporters to proceed with caution when making arrangements at this early stage.