Bolton Wanderers will be aiming to return to winning ways when they entertain Preston North End on Wednesday night. The Trotters managed to cease their losing run with a draw over the weekend but a run of just one win in nine matches sees them just five points off the playoff positions. Forest have drawn more games than they have won this campaign but they have fared better than Bolton with a two-point deficit to the top six. Follow all our predictions, free bets, football bets and betting tips below.
Betting Tips for the game
Bolton ended a two-match losing run in the Championship as they secured a 1-1 draw against Rotherham United on the road. Will Vaulks appeared to have handed Bolton a first victory since September but they were pegged back by a Christian Doidge’s equaliser six minutes from time.
Forest saw a six-match unbeaten league run cease as they suffered a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Norwich City. Lewis Grabban handed a fifth-minute opener for Forest but Timm Klose turned the game in Norwich’s favour with a second-half brace.
The previous meeting between the sides happened during the final matchday of last season where Bolton came from behind to seal an epic 3-2 triumph. The victory preserved the Trotters’ Championship status at Burton Albion’s expense. Our betting tips and predictions anticipate a Forest win.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Prediction and betting tip:”]Nottingham Forest win at 2.25[/bet_tip_now]
Bolton are priced at 3.60 to secure a first win in October but we are not expecting this outcome. One of Bolton’s concerns last term was their strike rate in front of goal and this has once more become an issue as the season has progressed. Forest have not won at Bolton since a League Cup game in 1991 but this is an encounter where they should fancy their prospects of ending the streak, given they have scored freely on the road. Our preview fancies a Forest win.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Match Prediction:”]Nottingham Forest win at 2.25[/bet_tip_now]
Bolton Wanderers win odds: 3.60
Bolton Wanderers vs Nottingham Forest draw odds: 3.20
Correct Score odds
Over the past decade, Forest have had the edge in the encounter with four wins to one while five matches have ended in stalemates. The visitors come into the clash with at least one goal scored in each of the previous six matches. Bolton have drawn a blank on four occasions in the same period. Our correct score prediction fancies a Forest 1-0 win.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Correct Score Prediction:”]Nottingham Forest 1-0 win at 7.50[/bet_tip_now]
Over/Under 2.5 Goals odds
Bolton have largely lied on the defence to keep them aloft in mid-table and each of their previous six matches have witnessed less than three goals. Forest’s recent away meeting at Middlesbrough was similarly low scoring game with just two goals involved. Our total goals prediction would back less than 2.5 goals.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Goals odds and prediction:”]Total goals under 2.5 at 1.72[/bet_tip_now]
First Goalscorer odds
Lewis Grabban has found his feet with Forest over the past month and he comes into this game being their top-scorer with six goals in the Championship. Two of those goals have come in back-to-back matches including the opener against Norwich over the weekend. Our first goalscorer prediction is to go with Grabban.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”First goalscorer prediction:”]Lewis Grabban at 5.75 [/bet_tip_now]
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