Forest Green head to MK Dons on Saturday in the first league meeting between the sides.
Mark Cooper’s side go into the game on the back of a 1-1 draw at home to Port Vale, meanwhile, MK Dons have had two weeks since their last league game due to the international break but still find themselves 6th in the table.
Despite Forest Green’s early season unbeaten form, just two wins have come from those two games, both away from home – perhaps some hope for Saturday’s visit to StadiumMK, although FGR’S two wins have come against sides 21st and 24th in the table.
MK Dons have begun the season with home wins against third-place Exeter City and Bury, as well as an away win at Oldham Athletic.
Forest Green games haven’t seen many goals season, FGR scoring 11, with seven coming from their two wins and conceding just six. And with MK Dons season following a similar track then I can’t see many goals coming on Saturday.
Despite never meeting in the league, the two sides met in the Carabao Cup last season, with MK Dons progressing 1-0 after extra time.
A number of late loan signings strengthened Forest Green since the summer window, including Nathan McGinley joining on loan from Middlesbrough and impressing last time out at Port Vale, but with numerous other options, his place isn’t certain.
Another uncertainty is who will line up in midfield and who will partner Reuben Reid and the potential option of having five in defence, that leaves three in midfield, with Cooper having to pick from Lloyd James, Reece Brown, Carl Winchester and Dayle Grubb. In attack, FGR have George Williams, Theo Archibald and Tahvon Campbell who can partner Reid.
One certainty is that Rovers will be without Farrend Rawson who was dismissed in the 1-1 draw against Port Vale
This fixture will be a huge test to determine how far FGR have progressed since promotion, and despite the impressive start to the season, it is to early to speculate how high they will finish.
I think Cooper’s side will manage to come away from Saturday and take at least a point back to Gloucestershire.
MK Dons 2-2 Forest Green Rovers – Grubb, Reid