Nottingham Forest got their first point of the new season on the board last weekend as they played out a draw with Leeds. Will they be able to pick up their first victory of the campaign as they play host to Birmingham on Saturday? The Blues have made a much stronger start having picked up four points from their opening two games of the new season. Read our Nottingham Forest v Birmingham betting tips for more.
Notts Forest 19/20
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on August 13th, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.)
Forest had to face a couple of tough games to start the season with. They were at home against West Brom on the opening weekend of the season and suffered a 2-1 loss there. But they will probably be happy with their point earned out on the road at Leeds last weekend. Lewis Grabban got their equaliser in a 1-1 draw at Elland Road. That showed a bit of battling quality for them. So will their first win of the new season come as they face Birmingham?
Forest were a pretty handy side last season at the City Ground. Forest posted a W13 D4 L6 record at home in the last Championship campaign. They would have been well in the picture for a playoff place if they would have been able to get any away form going. One of the notable stats from Forest’s last campaign at home was that they conceded at under a goal per game on average. A win on the weekend will put Forest level on points with Brigimham, who have started well.
Birmingham earned four points against Forest in the Championship last term
There has not been an away win in any of the last seven meetings
Forest are unbeaten in their last four at home against the Blues
The Blues have three clean sheets in their last five against Forest
The Blues had all sorts of problems last season, none bigger than a nine-point deficit. But they overcame than and they will be happy with their start to the new season. They have taken four points from their opening two games and will be keen to keep that positive momentum going. They beat Brentford 1-0 in their first game of the campaign, before playing out a 1-1 draw with Bristol City at St Andrew’s last weekend.
That away success against the Bees should give them some confidence because that was no easy road trip to Griffin Park. With both of their games going under 2.5 goals so far, that could be the way to lean for your Nottingham Forest v Birmingham betting. The Blues did finish last season on a seven-match undefeated streak of form, so that, rolled over to this campaign is a nine-match unbeaten streak of Championship form from them (W3 D6).
Nottingham Forest have been involved in a couple of tough games to open the season with and they have been competitive. Because of that, we will be behind them to get their first victory of the campaign this weekend. It will probably be tight but Forest can just pinch it.
15th August 2019 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
It was a romp for Leeds at Ashton Gate on the opening weekend of the Championship. The Whites ran out 3-1 winners. It’s back to Elland Road this Saturday for their first home fixture of the season. Nottingham Forest will be heading there looking for their first points after losing to West Brom. Read our Leeds v Nottingham Forest betting tips for more.
It was a pretty good start that Leeds got for themselves last weekend. They had a tricky away game first up, taking on Bristol City. They were well out of sight early in the second half when Patrick Bamford got their second of the game. Jack Harrison made it 3-0 before the Robins got their consolation with ten minutes to go.
Opening the scoring for Leeds was Pablo Hernandez, who also set up Bamford’s goal. It was a big game from the Spaniard, who is a little out of place in such a good young team. Last season in the second tier Leeds posted a W14 D 4 L5 record at Elland Road.
They averaged 1.65 goals per home game last term, conceding at under a goal per game on average. The Whites took a clean sheet in 39% of home fixtures last term. In their last campaign, Leeds scored 63% of their home goals in the second period of fixtures.
Forest took four points off Leeds last season
In the last six meetings, things are even with two wins each and two draws
Just one of the last six meetings have produced an away win
Leeds Are unbeaten in three on home soil against Forest (W2 D1)
Forest slipped to a 2-1 home defeat against West Brom last weekend. Not the start that they would have wanted because of having to go to Leeds for their second fixture. That’s two tough games to start the season with. Forest had taken the lead in the game through full-back Matty Cash in the eighth-minute but couldn’t hold out. Out on their travels last season, Forest did have some major problems in putting wins on the board.
They posted a W4 D11 L8 record last season away from home in the second tier. They lost three of their final four away games of the campaign (W1). But to their credit, in their road games against other top-ten finishers, Forest lost just one game in a W1 D6 L1 return. Only 39% of Forest’s away games last season went over 2.5 goals, with Forest earning a clean sheet in less than a third of their road games. Of the four away wins which they did take, just one happened from the start of December onwards.
Leeds started very confidently last weekend and that should continue here at home. Forest were a tough side for the stronger sides to beat last season, but Leeds are fresh, positive and should have that extra quality over the Tricky Trees to get their win.
7th August 2019 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
Forest got themselves a top ten finish in the Championship last season. They just couldn’t string enough together at the end to make a playoff push. West Brom did get to the playoffs, but couldn’t battle their way through to the finish. Will they be strong enough to push for promotion once again? Read our Nottingham Forest v West Brom betting tips for more.
Nottingham Forest 13/10
West Brom 2/1
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on July 28th, 2019 at 1.31 p.m.)
Nottingham Forest settled on a ninth-place finish the last term. It was their inconsistencies which really hampered them over the second half of the season. Their away form in particular really tanked. Their record on home soil through read W13 D4 L6 and they did handle themselves pretty well at the City Ground against top-half of the table opposition. Defensively Forest did concede at under a goal per game in their home fixtures.
Of the thirteen home successes that they managed to get on the board, eight of them were by a one-goal margin. They scored 65% of their home goals in the second half of the fixtures. In more than two-thirds of their home games, they were either at 0-0 or 1-0 up at the half time break. Nottingham Forest went W3 D2 L2 in their seven pre-season friendly matches from the end of June through to the end of July. Forest have a new man in charge and that is former Ivory Coast head coach Sabri Lamouchi.
There were two league draws between them last season
West Brom are W57 D32 L45 in the head to head
Forest are undefeated in the last three against the Baggies
Both teams have scored each of the last three meetings
The Baggies were very solid last season until the back end of the campaign. Out on their travels, they posted a W11 D4 L8 record. Their push for an automatic promotion really slipped when their away from tanked from March onwards. They went W1 D1 L4 in last six road fixtures. The Baggies have Slaven Bilic now in charge. He was handed the keys to the Hawthorns on June 13th this summer.
That’s quite a good capture for the Baggies because the former West Ham boss will have some pulling power in the transfer market. They haven’t been doing a great deal though to that effect but have had a big clear out with the likes of Gareth Barry, Craig Dawson, Wes Hoolaham, Boaz Myhill, Salomon Rondon and Jay Rodriguez going out of the door. It’s rebuild and reboot time for them as they pursue a place in the EPL once again.
This should be a great game and should light up the first Saturday night action of the new season. Forest are not going to be a pushover on home soil against a new-look West Brom. The Baggies may need a little time to get going under Bilic. Home win.
1st August 2019 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
Nottingham Forest’s season has petered out with a recent dip in form, but Middlesbrough are still hoping for a playoff place. Can Boro pick up where they left off last time on the road and collect themselves three points? Read our Nottingham Forest v Middlesbrough betting tips for more.
Nottingham Forest 7/5
* (Betting Odds were taken from Paddy Power on April 16th, 2019 at 10:19 p.m.)
Nottingham Forest suffered a 2-1 reverse in their last home game, which was against Balburn. They haven’t done too badly with a W5 L2 record there in their last seven though and they have posted a decent W11 D4 L6 home record this campaign. They are likely only going to get a mid-table finish at the end of the day though. In their six home games this season against the current top six they have returned a W2 D1 L3 record.
They have tallied up an average of 1.4 goals per home game this season, conceding at an average of 1 goal per game. In total, they have earned a clean sheet in 33% of their home fixtures. Seven of their eleven home success this season have been earned by a one-goal margin. Forest are on a seven-match scoring streak at home at the moment and they have opened the scoring in 14 of their 21 home fixtures so far.
Forest were 2-0 winners at the Riverside earlier this season
Forest won this corresponding fixture 2-1 last season
Boro are W2 L3 in their last five against Notts Forest
Both teams have scored in just two of the last seven meetings
Boro haven’t had a high return of things on the road recently. They were winless in three (D1 L2) before snapping out of that slump and earning a 2-0 win at the relegation-bound Bolton in their last away game. That leaves them at a W9 D7 L5 record this season on their travels, where they have averaged 1.1 goals per game. They have conceded at under a goal per away game this season with only 38% of the road fixtures going over 2.5 goals.
Boro have taken a clean sheet in 38% of their away games this season. They have three in their last five on the road. Of the nine away wins that they have collected this season, six of them have been by just the one-goal margin. They need their defence to stand strong once again to keep their chance at a play off finish alive.
This could be a well-balanced game as Nottingham Forest have been a handy side on home soil. There hasn’t been a great deal to cheer about from Middlesbrough on the road recently and a win over Bolton proves nothing. The home win at 7/5 odds may be worth a look* (Betting Odds were taken from Paddy Power on April 16th, 2019 at 10:19 p.m.)
19th April 2019 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
The Blades are trying to make up ground on second-placed Leeds on Friday night. They trail the Whites by three points, the Blades have slipped a bit to just the one win in their last three games. As for Forest they are looking set for a mid-table finish and they are on a three-match losing slide at the moment. Read our Sheffield United v Nottingham Forest betting tips for more.
Sheffield United 11/20
Nottingham Forest 5/1
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on April 16th, 2019 at 4:58 p.m.)
The Blades have taken back to back 1-1 draws in the league after a tie against Millwall on the weekend. Their home record for the season is W13 D4 L4 and they have lost only one of their last ten league outings at Bramall Lane (W8 D1). So that’s impressive. This is their penultimate home game for the season so have to drive hard at three points. The Blades have averaged 1.8 goals per home game this season, and they have been defensively tight as well.
Sheffield United have conceded at under a goal per home game this season, taking a clean sheet in 48% of home fixtures. Each of their last seven home wins in the league have been with a clean sheet. Eight of Sheffield United’s home wins this season have been by a margin of at least two goals and they have been leading at the halftime break in eight home games (D13 L0). The Blades have scored in each of their last eleven home fixtures.
Forest earned a 1-0 home win over the Blades earlier this season
The Blades are unbeaten in five at home in the league against Forest
Four of the last five league meetings at Bramall Lane have ended in a draw
Both teams have scored in three of the last nine league meetings
Forest have hit the skids with a three-match losing streak. They lost 2-1 at home against Blackburn on the weekend. Out on the road, Forest have only earned three wins all season (D11 L7) and their current away form is poor. They are actually winless in their last twelve on the road at the moment and they have lost three of their last four (D1). In total, they have averaged 1.2 goals per away game this season.
Less than half of their away games have gone over 2.5 goals, with Forest earning a clean sheet in 29% of their road games. They are without a clean sheet in any of their last six played in the Championship, and in their last four away games. Forest have actually conceded at least two goals in each of their last three league fixtures. Of the goals that they have put on the board away from home, 62% of them have been in the second period of fixtures.
The Blades can bounce back in this one. They have misfired in their last couple at Bramall Lane but can pick themselves up in this one. Nottingham Forest are just tanking at the moment and the Blades can take their chance. Home win.
16th April 2019 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
Nottingham Forest are on the outskirts of the playoff spots in the Championship and with a big task ahead of them to get into the mix. This is a big game for them and for Derby who are one place above them. The Rams are losing a bit of momentum and they too are playing catch-up with the top six. Read our Nottingham Forest v Derby betting tips for more.
Nottingham Forest 7/5
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on February 21st, 2019 at 3:27 p.m.)
Forest have only lost one of their last five League games, but have played out back-to-back draws heading into this one. Their home form has not been all that bad really in the Championship this season. Forest are W8 D4 L4 on home soil. Forest also won three of their last four home games (L1) including their last two. But when you look back at the bigger picture of their current form, they are just W2 D2 L3 home and away combined.
So that inconsistency is where their push for a playoff spot has hindered them. Nottingham Forest have scored 22 goals in 16 home games this season. Less than half of their League home games have ended up over 2.5 goals. They have done pretty well defensively as they have conceded at under a goal per game at home on average in the Championship.
That having been said they don’t have a clean sheet in any of their last six home fixtures. In total there has been a clean sheet for Forest in 31% of their home games. It has not been a bad season from them at all as they are currently 10 points better off than they were at this stage of last season’s campaign. Forest have conceded 80% of their home goals in the second half of games.
There was a 0-0 draw between them earlier this season
The last two meetings have ended in 0-0 draws
Derby are undefeated in six against Forest (W3 D3)
Forest have failed to scored in five of their last six against the Rams
The Rams missed a chance in midweek to get back up into the top six as they suffered a shock home defeat against Millwall. While Derby are still in contention for a promotion push, they have been very inconsistent with their results. They have not won back-to-back League games since early December. In their last nine League games, they are W3 D3 L3 so it has been a bit hit and miss for them.
Overall away this season Derby have a W6 D4 L6 record on the board. The Rams are without a win in any of their last three away games and have won only one of their last five on the road (D2 L2). A big part of the problem has been a lack of clean sheets as they have managed just two all season long away from Pride Park.
Derby have scored 21 and have conceded 21 goals away from home this season. Across their last three away games, Derby have managed put just the one goal on the board had that was at current bottom side Ipswich in a 1-1 draw. But they do have the fifth best defensive record in the second tier heading into the weekend, it is not quite happening for Frank Lampard’s men at the moment.
The home form of Nottingham Forest hasn’t been all that bad, and as Derby are pretty much hit and miss on their travels, it could be a good opportunity to back home win in the match outright.
23rd February 2019 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
West Brom have found wins hard to come by at the Hawthorns recently in the Championship. They will be looking to turn their fortunes around as a play host to Nottingham Forest. Forest are on the fringes of the play-off places they can’t afford to fall any further behind. Read our West Brom v Nottingham Forest betting tips for more.
West Brom 4/5
Nottingham Forest 10/3
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on February 10th, 2019 at 11:44 p.m.)
West Brom took a 1-0 win at rivals Stoke on the weekend, but they have failed to win any of their last three on home soil in the division (D2 L1). In their last home game, they suffered a 2-3 reverse against Middlesbrough in a top-five clash. Overall this season West Brom are W7 D5 L3 at home in the Championship. The recent defeat there against Middlesbrough snapped a seven-match undefeated streak of form that they were on at the Hawthorns. West Brom have won only one of their last six on home soil.
A positive though is that they have averaged 2.3 goals per home game this season, with 47% of their fixtures at the hawthorns going over 3.5 goals. West Brom have taken only the two home clean sheets this season. Both teams have scored in 87% of West Brom’s home games. Interestingly only one of their seven home wins this season have been by a one-goal margin. West Brom have scored in all of their home games this season, and home and away combined have netted in each of their last 14.
The Baggies played out a 1-1 draw at Forest earlier this season
Things are at one win each and one draw from three previous Championship meetings
Both teams have scored in two of the three previous Championship games
Nottingham Forest collected a 2-1 home victory over Brentford on the weekend. Their continued a good run of form that they are at home. On their travels, though things are not looking so good for them as they are on a three-match losing streak. Overall this season away from home in the Championship Nottingham Forest have returned a W3 D8 L4 record. They are currently winless in their last six on the road, losing three of those.
Nottingham Forest have taken a clean sheet in a third of their away games this season. Home and away combined as they are without a clean sheet in any of their last nine played though. Their last two away defeats have both been by a 2-0 scoreline. Of the eight away defeats which they have suffered this season all but two of them have been by just the one-goal margin. Forest start the midweek action five points outside of the play-off places.
West Brom have the chance to get back to winning ways at the Hawthorns in this one. Nottingham Forest have not been performing on their travels and West Brom to sneak this win by a one-goal margin is a good proposition.
11th February 2019 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
Chelsea v Nottingham Forest FA Cup Preview, 5th January 3.00pm
If the Nottingham Forest who have shown occasionally that they are prolific in front of goal, show up at Stamford Bridge, this could be a good competitive tie. Premier League side Chelsea are obviously the favourites to win it against the Championship side, but will Forest be able to bring the heat? Read our Chelsea v Nottingham Forest betting tips for more.
Nottingham Forest 11/1
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on January 2nd, 2019 at 6:35 p.m.)
Chelsea are the favourites in this FA Cup third round tie. But they have won each of their last three games against Forest which have all been in Cup competitions. Their most recent clash was in 2017 when the Blues collected a 5-1 home success over the Tricky Trees. Chelsea have scored a total of ten goals in their last three at Stamford Bridge against Forest, conceding just one. There doesn’t immediately appear to be a big threat of an upset as Chelsea are on a five-match winning streak against Forest home and away. They have also been powerful at home this season, with only the odd hiccup there. They are the reigning FA Cup holders too. Plus they have plenty of home clean sheets earned lately. So where does this get interesting?
It will be in Forest occasionally producing big-goal hauls in matches. Forest are not in any kind of hot form at all and indeed have claimed one win in their last six played. That win was on New Year’s’ Day against Championship leaders Leeds though, a 4-2 success. So here’s the interesting part. While Forest have failed to score in four of their last six games played some of their results recently have been high-scoring. They had a 5-5 draw against Aston Villa at the end of November, a 3-3 against Norwich and then that four-goal haul against Leeds. So now and again they deliver greatly on their attacking potential. But it’s all hot and cold and you never know what you are getting from them. Away from home they are winless in four and are just W1 D4 L2 in their last seven road games. They have scored at least two goals in four of their last six on the road.
Chelsea should be able to handle whatever it is that Nottingham Forest do manage to throw at them. How interesting this tie gets depends on which Nottingham Forest it is that show up. Can the visitors bring the best of their attacking powers to this?
3rd January 2019 / lee - Category: FA Cup & League Cup Betting
Nottingham Forest v Leeds Championship Preview, 1st January 3.00pm
Nottingham Forest suffered a defeat on the weekend which moved them out on to a five-match winless streak of current form. So things aren’t quite working for them at the moment and they play host to league leaders Leeds in midweek. Leeds had their big winning streak snapped though as they were beaten at home by Hull on the weekend. Read our Nottingham Forest v Leeds betting tips for more.
Nottingham Forest 21/10
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on December 30th, 2018 at 2:58 p.m.)
Forest are without a win in five games after a loss at Millwall on the weekend (D2 L3)
They have scored in just one of their last four league games
Forest have suffered back to back defeats on home soil against Preston and QPR
Their overall home record for the season is W5 D4 L3
They have tallied just the thirteen goals on home soil this season
Defensively they have done alright though with under a goal per game conceded on average
There has been a clean sheet for Forest in 42% of their home games
Forest have been level at the break in six of their twelve home games
Each of their last five Championship home games have ended under 2.5 goals
Forest have scored 62% of their home goals in the second period of games
They have shipped eight of their ten home goals conceded after the halftime break
Only two sides have conceded fewer league goals than Forest have done
Nottingham Forest have opened the scoring in two-thirds of their home games
There was a 1-1 draw between them at Elland Road back in October
The last two league meetings have ended in a draw
Leeds are undefeated in four against Forest (W2 D2)
Forest have won one of their last four at home against Leeds (W1 D3)
Both teams have scored in two of the last six meetings
League leaders Leeds lost 2-0 at home against Hull on the weekend
They were on a seven-match winning streak before that
Leeds are on a good three-match winning streak away from home
Their away record for the season is strong W7 D3 L2
Leeds have won four of their last five on the road
They have averaged 1.75 goals per away game this season
Their half time away record is W2 D8 L2
Leeds have scored in all of their away games in the Championship this term
They had scored in 18 straight games before their loss against Hull on the weekend
They have now conceded at least two goals in each of their last three played
Leeds have scored 67% of their away goals after the halftime break
Leeds are the top away side in the division this season with 24 points collected
Middlesbrough are the only side to have conceded fewer league goals than Leeds
The resolve of Leeds will be tested now after that home defeat on the weekend. They are good enough to bounce back though against a Forest side who are just totally hit and miss at the moment. Away win.
31st December 2018 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
It is another action-packed day of Championship football on Saturday with all teams in action during the 3.00 pm kick offs. Leeds extended their lead at the top of the table with yet another win on Boxing Day. Behind them, Norwich and West Brom both continued their strong form as well in the push for promotion. One of the big games of the day is Norwich v Derby from Carrow Road.
Here are our Championship predictions and tips for Saturday, December 29th, 2018.
The Baggies are undefeated in their last eight Championship fixtures now and are running hot against. They won six of those eight fixtures and banked a 2-0 success at the Hawthorns over Wigan on Boxing Day. They have netted at least two goals in seven of their last eight games and will that be enough to see of Wednesday? The Owls pulled off a bit of a surprise in midweek in taking a 1-0 win at Middlesbrough which snapped some poor away form.
The Baggies take some stopping at home and they should enough about them to get the win with the clean sheet at 13/8 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on December 27th, 2018 at 3:29 p.m.)
The Lions got themselves a much-needed win in midweek as they collected 1 -0 home success over Reading. That was a big survival scrap at The Den and it moves Millwall a point clear of the drop zone. Still, plenty of work to do for them but they are W1 D2 L1 in their last four at home now. They now face Nottingham Forest who were involved in another high-scoring draw. After their recent 5-5 thriller at Villa Park, Forest collected a 3-3 draw at Norwich on Boxing Day. That was despite being 3-0 up with fifteen minutes to go at Carrow Road. Still, it does suggest that they could come up with the goals to hurt the hosts.
The Lions have done alright at home, but Forest could turn up and find the goals to get past them. Away win for Forest at 6/4 * (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on December 27th, 2018 at 3:29 p.m.)
What a big win the Blades got for themselves in midweek as they toppled Derby in a top-six clash at Bramall Lane. Can they drive on from there are strengthen their place inside the top four now? That is the question. The home win over Derby came after back to back home losses that the Blades had suffered. This will be their easiest home game for a while though after having faced West Brom and Leeds, with Blackburn just inside the bottom half of the table. Rovers almost had the beating of league leaders Leeds at Elland Road in midweek but conceded two goals after the 90th minute to end up losing 3-2. That’s the way things are going for them with only one victory in their last eight games. That was at home too.
Sheffield United have to build on that success over Derby in midweek. They are a good solid home option for Saturday and are worth a flutter to win to nil at 7/4* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on December 27th, 2018 at 3:29 p.m.)
This could be quite the interesting clash. Preston have slipped to back to back defeats, but their general form at Deepdale this season in the Championship has been solid enough. They have gone W4 D2 L1 in their last seven league home fixtures, averaging over two goals per game. They were beaten there in a bit of an upset against Hull on Boxing Day though. But that continued their streak of scoring in every home game played this term. Aston Villa picked up a good away win at Swansea in midweek and they are W5 D3 L1 in their last nine games which is a good run. They have won three of their last four on the road as well (D1).
The two may be pretty evenly matched at the end of the day in terms of output. Neither defence is great and the draw has the most appeal in the match outright at 12/5 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on December 27th, 2018 at 3:29 p.m.).
28th December 2018 / lee - Category: Championship Betting