Nottingham Forest look to overcome their opening-day disappointment when they take on Reading at the City Ground this weekend. Forest are expected to be one of the favourites for promotion after having strengthened the squad extremely well over the summer. Reading, meanwhile, are expected to occupy the other end of the table. Follow all our predictions, free bets, football bets and betting tips below.
Betting Tips for the game
Forest were held to a 1-1 draw by West Brom in the opening game of the campaign. This will be followed by back-to-back home games for Aitor Karanka’s men.
Reading suffered a 2-1 loss against Derby County in the opening home match of the season. This becomes a major setback for Paul Clement’s men.
Forest and Reading were last seen in a 1-1 draw back in February. This match also took place at the City Ground. Our betting tips and prediction anticipate a win for Nottingham Forest.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Prediction and betting tip:”]Nottingham Forest win at 1.66[/bet_tip_now]
Reading are at a price of 6.00 to win this game. Nottingham Forest are still one of the favourites for promotion despite suffering a setback in the opening round of the Championship 18-19. The draw with West Brom, who still possess a number of Premier League players, is certainly not a bad result. Forest, though, have excelled in recent meetings with Reading at the City Ground, as they have picked up three wins in the last four games. Our preview would opt for a Forest win at 1.66.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Match Prediction:”]Nottingham Forest win at 1.66[/bet_tip_now]
Nottingham Forest vs Reading draw odds: 3.80
Reading win odds: 6.00
Correct Score odds
Forest have a potent attacking line-up that can destroy opponent at will while Reading may have to endure a beating at the back in this match. In the last four meetings between these two clubs at the City Ground, Forest have had a return of 11 goals. Our correct score prediction would opt for a Forest 2-0 win.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Correct Score Prediction:”]Nottingham Forest 2-0 win at 7.00[/bet_tip_now]
Over/Under 2.5 Goals odds
The game is likely to be in a one-sided affair with most of the attacking expected from the home team. Reading do not tend to perform well on the road and not match may have changed in this new Championship campaign. Despite scoring in recent visits to the City Ground, Reading are not our pick to score in this game. 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 1.72[/bet_tip_now]
First Goalscorer odds
Lewis Grabban led the line for Nottingham Forest in the game against West Brom and he came up with five shots in the entire match. Even though he failed to score in the game, the 30-year-old will be looking to hit at Reading once again. Grabban scored against Reading last season while playing for Aston Villa. 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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