Author: Bharath Ram
Last Updated: January 2, 2020
Ipswich Town will be aiming to keep their survival hopes alive when Nottingham Forest make the trip to Portman Road this weekend. The hosts have bagged just the solitary win since the turn of the year but they have recently shown some fight with regular stalemates. Still, they are facing an uphill task of staying in the division with 13 points separating them from safety. Forest, meanwhile, have produced a mixed bag in terms of performances but they are still in the running for promotion with a three-point gap to the top six. Follow all our predictions, free bets, football bets and betting tips below.
Betting Tips for the game
Ipswich bagged their fifth draw in six matches after settling for a 1-1 scoreline against Bristol City on the road. Adam Webster opened the scoring for Ipswich in the first period but they were pegged back following the break after a Lloyd Kelly own goal.
Forest, meanwhile, suffered their second loss in three matches after Aston Villa beat them 3-1 in front of their fans. John McGinn starred for the Villains with a quick-fire brace within the opening 15 minutes.
The previous encounter between the sides was at City Ground in December which Forest won 2-0. The last meeting at Portman Road witnessed a 4-2 triumph for Ipswich in 2017. Our betting tips and predictions fancy a stalemate.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Prediction and betting tip:”]Draw at 3.25[/bet_tip_now]
Ipswich have gone winless for the past 10 league games but they have still shown a defensive resolve which has contributed to five draws in the past six matches. Hence, we are fancying them to continue the recent run of stalemates, as the visitors have not performed at their best on the road with no wins since November. Our preview is to go with a draw.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Match Prediction:”]Draw at 3.25[/bet_tip_now]
Ipswich Town win odds: 3.75
Nottingham Forest win odds: 2.10
Correct Score odds
Ipswich have netted one goal in each of the past five matches but their inability to keep clean sheets has produced four draws and a single defeat. This trend may continue against Forest this weekend despite the visitors scoring in just one away game this year. Forest have netted in each of the past two trips to Ipswich and our correct score prediction favours a 1-1 draw.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Correct Score Prediction:”]1-1 draw at 6.00[/bet_tip_now]
Over/Under 2.5 Goals odds
Ipswich have produced a better defensive display in their recent survival push with 1-1 being the scoreline in five of their previous six matches. This has been the outcome in the majority of Forest’s away games this year amid the inconsistency in terms of scoring. Our total goals prediction is to go for 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 1.65[/bet_tip_now]
First Goalscorer odds
Lewis Grabban has recently shown signs of returning to form for Forest with a goal and an assist in the past three games. The 31-year-old has an impressive record against Ipswich with six goals in just seven meetings and this includes the brace in a 2-0 triumph earlier in the season. Our first goalscorer prediction would back Grabban.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”First goalscorer prediction:”]Lewis Grabban at 5.50[/bet_tip_now]
Free bet offers
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