Nottingham Forest

V

City Ground

30/01/2018 | 7:45 pm

Preston North End

V

City Ground

30/01/2018 | 7:45 pm

In a sentence: Just three league positions and seven points separate hosts Nottingham Forest in fourteenth from their Visitors Preston North End in eleventh.

Last time: A 1-1 draw at the City Ground in December 2016, Simon Makienok put Preston ahead only for a Chris Maxwell own goal to level things up.

This time: Forest are 8/5 to win, while Preston are 9/5 and the draw is 11/5.

You might remember: A 2-2 draw in the Championship in February 2011. Barry Nicholson put Preston ahead early before Paul Konchesky equalised in the sixty-eight minute. Chris Cohen thought he had given Forest all three points by scoring in the ninetieth minute only to have his and his side’s hopes dashed by an injury-time leveler scored by Billy Jones.

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Betting Tips & Predictions

The Tricky Trees are stuck in the middle of the Championship table

Forest are coming off the back of a great 2-0 win over league leaders Wolves last time out through two first-half goals from Kieran Dowell and Ben Osborn. That was their first league win in seven and they will be hoping to now kick on from that morale-boosting win.

Preston has only one win in six and earnt themselves a 1-1 draw with Birmingham in their last league fixture.

Forest are 8/5 to win this match, their home form has been poor, losing seven times and winning seven times. Thier last home game was a 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa.

Preston are 9/5 to notch up an away win, they have lost just three times away from home this season. Winning five and drawing six of their away fixtures.

The draw is 11/5 and Forest have yet to draw a home game in the league this season but the last three league meetings between these sides have ended 1-1.

Forest top scorer Kieran Dowell is 8/1 to open the scoring, while Preston’s Jordan Hugill is 19/4 to be the game’s first goal scorer.

Barry McKay is 4/1 to score anytime for Forest and Tom Barkhuizen is 28/11 to score for Preston.

Match Summary

1

Look out for:

Kieran Dowell to continue his good goalscoring record, the youngster on loan from Everton has nine goals to his name so far this season and is 19/5 to score anytime in this game.

2

We fancy:

A draw in this one which is 11/5, the last three games between the two teams have ended up 1-1 and for that scoreline to happen again today it’s 5/1.

3

It’s a long shot, but:

A 2-2 draw at 16/1 is well worth a punt.

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.