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20/01/2018 | 3:00 pm

Nottingham Forest

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20/01/2018 | 3:00 pm

In a sentence: Nottingham Forest travel to Wolves this weekend, looking to break their hosts’ 14 game run without a defeat.

Last time: Diogo Jota scored twice as Wolves overcame Forest at the City Ground, although Dexter Blackstock got a consolation goal in the 93rd minute to rescue some pride for the home team.

This time: Wolves are overwhelming favourites at 4/11, with a draw set at 4/1 and a Forest win at 8/1.

You might remember: A 5-1 Wolves victory back in 2008, which included an own goal from current Leicester City skipper, Wes Morgan. David Jones, Chris Iwelumo goals and a brace for Michael Knightly made for a good day for fans at the Molineux, with an own goal from Richard Stearman the only highlight for Forest fans.

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Betting Tips & Predictions

Ben Brereton was a hero against Arsenal but Forest still need to focus on the Championship under Aitor Karanka

Having won a shock FA Cup victory against Arsenal, Forest fans came crashing down to earth with a home defeat to Aston Villa last weekend. Against league leaders Wolves, who have lost just once at home this season, they are unlikely to see much of an improvement.

Wolves are 4/11 favourites, and justifiably so, having set the pace in the Championship from the very first match. Nuno Santo’s side have both scored the most, and conceded the least in the league, and very much matched Swansea City in their recent FA Cup fixture. In all reality, they should barely have to get out of first gear to win on Saturday.

Nottingham Forest are 8/1 to win, and following their victory at Arsenal, would confirm their status as giant killers if they were to win at the Molineux. With the side short of attacking options, a lot of responsibility rests on 18-year-old, Ben Brereton, who was the star of the FA Cup match.

A draw is 4/1, which frankly seems unlikely given Forest’s poor defensive record and Wolves’ wealth of attacking options. If Karanka’s men are to have any chance, they would do so by attacking their opponents straight out of the gate, leaving themselves open as well.

Wolves’ top scorer, Leo Bonatini is favourite to score at 22/23. The Argentine has been in fine form this season, with twelve goals to his name, and third in the Championship top-scorer charts. Without a goal in eight games in all competitions, the forward will be hoping to break his duck against Forest.

Kieran Dowell is 13/2 to score anytime against Wolves, and, if anyone is going to do it for Forest, the young midfielder is likely to be the one. Leading the goalscoring charts at his club at the tender age of 20, the Englishman isn’t short on confidence and looks a real prospect for the future.

Match Summary

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Look out for:

Left flank domination. With Diogo Jota –  7/11 to score anytime – on the left wing and Barry Douglas in behind him, the majority of Wolves’ attacking play comes down that side. The pair have score three goals between them in their last three matches and will continue to link up against Forest.

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We fancy:

Wolves to win by 2.5 plus goals at 15/13. They have plenty of goals in them and can usually be relied on to get a few.

3

It’s a long shot, but:

Ben Brereton to score first at 13/1. The youngster captured the nation’s attention against Arsenal but he still has to shine in bread-and-butter games such as this.

Written by Greg Murray

Greg Murray focused on watching football rather than playing it after realising he wasn’t going to be the next Gianfranco Zola. Writing prolifically on Italian football while keeping an eye on the game around the world, Greg has also turned his pen to the aviation industry and the betting market.