Middlesbrough look to capitalise on Nottingham Forest’s slump when they visit City Ground on Monday night. Tony Pulis has seen his fortunes change dramatically in the space of a few weeks, as he has gone from losing the supporters into being acclaimed once again. Boro are back in the top six after a brief absence and the club have opened a one-point advantage over Bristol, who do have a game in hand. Nottingham Forest, meanwhile, have slipped to 13th place – their lowest league position since the early days of the campaign. Follow all our predictions, free bets, and betting tips below.
Betting Tips for the game
Nottingham Forest were beaten 2-0 by Sheffield United at Bramall Lane. This was the fourth successive defeat for Forest, whose home victory over Swansea is the only success in seven games.
Middlesbrough managed a third win on the trot after beating Stoke City 1-0 at the Riverside Stadium. Apart from Tony Pulis getting one over his former club, this match also witnessed Boro keeping a third successive clean sheet.
The previous meeting between Forest and Middlesbrough produced a 2-0 victory for Aitor Karanka’s team, who were reduced to 10 men in this match. Forest were able to pick up a 2-1 victory in the last meeting between these two clubs at the City Ground. Our betting tips and predictions would pick a win for Middlesbrough.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Prediction and betting tip:”]Middlesbrough win at 2.20[/bet_tip_now]
Middlesbrough are in a great spot after having picked up three successive victories. The motivation with Nottingham Forest seems to be slowly disappearing with the club set to finish mid-table. It is not the same case with Boro, who are in the play-off race. The last few matches have witnessed Boro coming up with solid performances – especially at the back. Pulis may have seen Middlesbrough have an indifferent record at the City Ground with just one win in six, but our preview would take a victory for the visitors due to recent form.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Match Prediction:”]Middlesbrough win at 2.20[/bet_tip_now]
Nottingham Forest vs Middlesbrough draw odds: 3.30
Nottingham Forest win odds: 3.25
Correct Score odds
Boro keep building on a strong defensive record that has conceded only 36 goals – three fewer than Sheffield United who are the nearest. Pulis has seen Forest come up with lackadaisical defending in recent weeks. Even though the City Ground has been a stronghold for Forest this season, Middlesbrough may break this position with a slender win. Our preview would go with a Middlesbrough 1-0 win.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Correct Score Prediction:”]Middlesbrough 1-0 win at 7.50[/bet_tip_now]
Over/Under 2.5 Goals odds
A trademark of recent Middlesbrough victories has been a strong defence and the odd goal. The club has now kept three successive clean sheets against relatively decent opponents. Forest have failed to score in two out of the last three matches, and there is not much motivation amongst the home team. Our total goals prediction would back under 2.5 goals.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Goals odds and prediction:”]Total goals under 2.5 at 1.80[/bet_tip_now]
First Goalscorer odds
Britt Assombalonga is back among the goals and his latest effort against Stoke City has helped him move up to 12 goals for the campaign. The 26-year-old has been able to score in his last two games for Boro and his teammates have also been able to find great passes for the No 9. Our first goalscorer prediction would pick Britt Assombalonga.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”First goalscorer prediction:”]Britt Assombalonga at 6.00[/bet_tip_now]
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