Author: Bharath Ram
Last Updated: January 2, 2020
Nottingham Forest have the chance to maintain their eight-match unbeaten run when they host Preston North End at the City Ground this weekend. The hosts have remained undefeated since mid-October and this has propelled them into the playoff places in fifth. Preston, meanwhile, saw an unbeaten streak of their own cease during the previous weekend. They are, however, lying at the tailend of the standings with a four-point gap to the drop zone. Follow all our predictions, free bets, football bets and betting tips below.
Betting Tips for the game
Forest bagged their second triumph in three matches after they picked up a 2-0 win over bottom-placed Ipswich Town in their home turf. Lewis Grabban was the leading performer with a first-half brace.
Preston, meanwhile, saw the end of a nine-match unbeaten run after they were thoroughly beaten by Birmingham by a 3-0 scoreline on the road. The defeat was their first in the Championship since September.
The recent clash between the teams was at the City Ground earlier in the year where Preston secured a 3-0 victory at the City Ground. Our betting tips and predictions fancy a home win for Forest.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Prediction and betting tip:”]Nottingham Forest win at 2.05[/bet_tip_now]
Preston are priced at 3.60 for an away triumph but we are not anticipating this outcome. The visitors have suffered just one defeat since the start of October but their away run has been far from impressive with just six points from 10 outings. Forest have vastly improved on the defensive showing in recent months. Our preview is to go for a Forest win.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Match Prediction:”]Nottingham Forest win at 2.05[/bet_tip_now]
Nottingham Forest vs Preston North End draw odds: 3.50
Preston North End win odds: 3.60
Correct Score odds
Forest have netted just an average of one goal in their last three home matches but they have still secured seven points with three-straight clean sheets. We are anticipating another shutout for them this weekend with Preston having drawn blank in half of their matches on the road. Our correct score prediction fancies a Forest 2-0 win.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Correct Score Prediction:”]Nottingham Forest 2-0 win at 9.00[/bet_tip_now]
Over/Under 2.5 Goals odds
Forest’s much-improved defensive record has witnessed them keep regular clean sheets and four of their last five matches have witnessed two or fewer goals. This has also been the outcome in five of the previous six meetings between the sides. 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 1.75[/bet_tip_now]
First Goalscorer odds
Lewis Grabban has been hugely influential towards Forest’s promotion push this campaign and he is currently leading the Championship scoring charts with 14 goals. Six of those strikes have come from the previous five appearances in which he has opened the scoring on three occasions. Grabban has also bagged two goals in six meetings against Preston including an equaliser for Aston Villa on loan earlier in the year. Our first goalscorer prediction would back Grabban.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”First goalscorer prediction:”]Lewis Grabban at 4.75[/bet_tip_now]
Free bet offers
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