Middlesbrough

V

Riverside Stadium

07/04/2018 | 3:00 pm

Nottingham Forest

V

Riverside Stadium

07/04/2018 | 3:00 pm

In a sentence: Middlesbrough in sixth host Nottingham Forest who are in 17th place with 17 points separating the sides.

Last time: The last meeting at the Riversisde between these sides ended as a 1-0 win for Forest thanks to a second half Jamie Ward goal in January 2016.

This time: Middlesbrough are 8/13 to win this game, while Forest are 9/2 and the draw is 11/4. 

You might remember: A big 3-0 win for Middlesbrough at the Riverside on Boxing Day 2014, George Friend, Jelle Vossen, and Grant Leadbitter gave The Boro the three points. Friend and Leadbitter are still at the club and is something to bear in mind in this Sky Bet Championship Preview.

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Betting Tips & Predictions

Form at the Riverside will be crucial for Middlesbrough’s play-off hopes

Middlesbrough are sitting just inside the play-off places ahead of Bristol City, Millwall and Sheffield United by a solitary point so a win here in this game is important for their promotion chances. A 1-1 draw with rock-bottom Burton Albion put a spanner in the works in their last game, so coach Aitor Karanka will be looking for his side to take maximum points in this home game. Sky Bet Championship predictions would have this match as a potential home win.

Forest are relatively safe from relegation on 46 points and in 17th position but are winless in their last four games, drawing three of them. Most football betting tips for the weekend should consider that Boro have more to play for in this fixture.

Boro are 8/13 to win this game, big favourites for most football predictions in this game and have lost just once in their last six home games. That loss came against table-toppers Wolves. Middlesbrough to win here 2-0 is around 6/1.

Forest are 9/2 to take the three points but have won just one of their last six away games and just twice in their last thirteen. That away form is worrisome for anyone making any football predictions for today and hoping for Forest to cause an upset. Forest did win the earlier meeting this season at The City Ground by a score of 2-1 and have won three of the last four games against Boro. Two of those three wins finished 2-1 and another 2-1 win for Forest here is around 18/1.

The draw is 11/4, a 0-0 draw is around 8/1 and a 1-1 scoreline can be found at 6/1.

Adama Traore at 13/2 to score the first goal of the game for Boro and Kieran Dowell to score any time for Forest are interesting odds for any football score predictions.

Match Summary

1

Look out for:

Middlesbrough to take the three points is the best option for any free football betting tips. As Forest hasn’t scored in their last four games it is 6/4 for Middlesbrough to win to nil. It is 7/2 for Boro to win both halves.

2

We fancy:

Britt Assombalonga to score. The Congolese striker has 13 goals in the league this season and came off the bench to net in the last game with Burton. He is 3/1 to score the last goal of the game and is a potential match winner for anyone looking for football score predictions.

3

It’s a long shot, but:

Grant Leadbitter has scored against Forest three times and the centre-back has netted three goals this season in the Championship. He is 10/1 to score the first goal of the game.

Written by Ciro Di Brita

Ciro Di Brita is a football fan and fanatic of all things Naples – not least Napoli. A published author and novelist based in Ireland, Ciro will happily turn his hand to writing on any topic but will always try to work in a reference to Napoli wherever possible.