Nottingham Forest will be aiming to maintain their playoff position when they welcome Stoke City at the City Ground this weekend. The hosts are on a three-match unbeaten run and this has enabled them jump into the final playoff position. Stoke are on a similar run of form but they are lying in the second half of the standings with a five-point gap to the top six. Follow all our predictions, free bets, football bets and betting tips below.
Betting Tips for the game
Forest come into the game on the back of a close 1-0 win over Sheffield United. Lewis Grabban netted the winner for the hosts in the 69th-minute of the encounter. The victory was their second in three matches.
Stoke, meanwhile, played out a goalless stalemate in the most recent meeting versus Middlesbrough. The Staffordshire outfit dominated the possession but they failed to create scoring opportunities.
Forest’s recent meeting against Stoke City was earlier in September where they picked up a 3-2 win in the League Cup third round. Forest secured a 3-0 lead within the 50th-minute before Stoke led a comeback which was not sufficient. Our betting tips and predictions anticipate a score draw.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Prediction and betting tip:”]Draw at 3.10[/bet_tip_now]
Stoke are priced at 2.90 for the win while Forest are backed at 2.60 for the same. Stoke have improved on their league form as the season has progressed and they are unbeaten in their last five away trips. Nonetheless, three of those results have finished in draws and we are anticipating another stalemate against Forest as they have been consistently finding the net on the road. Our preview fancies a share of the spoils.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Match Prediction:”]Draw at 3.10[/bet_tip_now]
Nottingham Forest win odds: 2.60
Stoke City win odds: 2.90
Correct Score odds
Forest have contributed a goal in every league game at the City Ground this campaign and this has been the outcome with Stoke whenever they have made an away trip. An open contest is likely with both teams finding the scoresheet. Our correct score prediction is to go for a high-scoring 2-2 draw.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Correct Score Prediction:”]2-2 draw at 13.00[/bet_tip_now]
Over/Under 2.5 Goals odds
Forest have recently played out high-scoring encounters at City Ground with two of their previous three matches producing at least three goals. The result was similar when the teams contested in September when Forest came up triumphs by a 3-2 scoreline. Our total goals prediction fancies more than 2.5 goals.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Goals odds and prediction:”]Total goals over 2.5 at 2.10[/bet_tip_now]
First Goalscorer odds
Lewis Grabban has been hugely influential towards Forest’s uptrend in form and he has failed to score in just one of his previous six appearances. In this period, he has opened the scoring on two occasions while also being responsible for the penalty-taking duties. Our first goalscorer prediction fancies Grabban to start the scoring this weekend.
[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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