Author: Bharath Ram
Last Updated: January 2, 2020
Middlesbrough will seek to maintain their automatic promotion spot when they entertain Nottingham Forest at the Riverside Stadium on Saturday. Boro have been steadily climbing up the ladder and the midweek triumph over Ipswich Town sees them occupy the second position behind Leeds United on goal difference. Meanwhile, Forest have lost just one league game like Middlesbrough but their tendency to play regular stalemates has dropped them below the playoff positions. Follow all our predictions, free bets, football bets and betting tips below.
Betting Tips for the game
Middlesbrough picked up their first victory in three matches as they beat Ipswich Town by a 2-0 scoreline on the road. Muhamed Besic and Stewart Downing scored within the first quarter of the game.
Forest played out their seventh draw of the season after witnessing a 2-2 result against Millwall at home. Forest were leading 2-0 by the 70th minute but Millwall produced a great fightback with Shaun Williams and Lee Gregory finding the net – the latter came in stoppage time.
Middlesbrough’s last encounter versus Forest was at the Riverside Stadium in April 2018 where they secured a 2-0 win. Daniel Ayala and Downing were the scorers back then. Our betting tips and predictions expect Middlesbrough to pick up a routine win.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Prediction and betting tip:”]Middlesbrough win at 1.80[/bet_tip_now]
Forest are 4.75 to secure their first away win of the campaign but that may certainly not happen on Saturday. Forest have been guilty of losing the advantage in a number of matches this term and a visit to the Riverside has never been fruitful for them with just one victory in the previous 14 outings. Forest have also not won a league game on the road since February 2018 and this should make it a comfortable afternoon for the hosts. Our preview would back a Middlesbrough win.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Match Prediction:”]Middlesbrough win at 1.80[/bet_tip_now]
Middlesbrough vs Nottingham Forest draw odds: 3.20
Nottingham Forest win odds: 4.75
Correct Score odds
One of Tony Pulis’ key strengths has been the defensive organisation and he has certainly brought that forward at Middlesbrough this term. The hosts have the best defensive record in the division with just four goals conceded. Their home form has been sublime with five clean sheets in as many matches while accumulating 13 points. Forest’s winless away run should continue in all probability this weekend. Our correct score prediction expects a Middlesbrough 2-0 win.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Correct Score Prediction:”]Middlesbrough 2-0 win at 7.50[/bet_tip_now]
Over/Under 2.5 Goals odds
Boro’s defence has yet to be breached at the Riverside Stadium in terms of the league games and four of the five matches have produced a maximum of two goals. The outcome was exactly the same when Forest made the trip to North Yorkshire earlier in the year. 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 1.57[/bet_tip_now]
First Goalscorer odds
Britt Assombalonga has contributed four goals for Middlesbrough in this season’s Championship. The 25-year-old was only a second half substitute during the recent trip to Ipswich but he should reclaim a starting role against Forest. Our first goalscorer prediction is to go with Assombalonga.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”First goalscorer prediction:”]Britt Assombalonga at 5.50[/bet_tip_now]
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