Author: Bharath Ram
Last Updated: January 2, 2020
Stoke City are still struggling in the bottom half of the Championship as they host Nottingham Forest this weekend. Stoke City are 18th in the standings with a small likelihood of relegation possibility coming up in the last few weeks. Meanwhile, Nottingham Forest have been able to move within three points off the top six places with a strong run of form in recent weeks. Follow all our predictions, free bets, football bets and betting tips below.
Betting Tips for the game
Stoke City were unable to pick up a win over Aston Villa during the weekend as the two teams only played out a 1-1 draw. This was the second consecutive 1-1 draw for Stoke.
Nottingham Forest secured a crucial 1-0 win over Derby County thanks to an early goal from Benalouane. Even though Forest are unbeaten in four league matches, they have only picked up a victory in 50% of these games.
The earlier meeting between these two clubs produced a goalless draw at the City Ground. Meanwhile, Stoke City also were able to get a goalless draw when they last hosted Forest at the Bet365 Stadium and that happen to be in 2004. Our betting tips and predictions expect a draw.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Prediction and betting tip:”]Draw at 3.25[/bet_tip_now]
Nottingham Forest have the play-off places opened up in the last few weeks but the club are unlikely to be in a position to profit from the three-point deficit to Bristol, as they have not been in a great run of form in away matches. There have been just three away wins for Forest this season and the club are without a win in the last eight away games. A majority of these games have been draws, which happen to be the domain where Stoke have excelled in recent weeks. Nathan Jones has witnessed Stoke draw the last three games. Our preview would go with a draw.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Match Prediction:”]Draw at 3.25[/bet_tip_now]
Stoke City win odds: 2.30
Nottingham Forest win odds: 3.50
Correct Score odds
There has been a lack of goals from Nottingham Forest when it comes to away matches and it is unlikely to improve anytime soon. Stoke City have also struggled for goals with the team not scoring more than 1.5 goals in any of the last six league outings. Our correct score prediction would opt for a 1-1 draw.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Correct Score Prediction:”]1-1 draw at 6.00[/bet_tip_now]
Over/Under 2.5 Goals odds
The lack of goals on both sides is quite a glaring feature of this match. Nottingham Forest have failed to score in four out of the last five away matches while Stoke – underneath Jones – have not been known for goals either. Our total goals prediction would go with under 2.5 goals.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Goals odds and prediction:”]Total goals under 2.5 at 1.66[/bet_tip_now]
First Goalscorer odds
Lewis Grabban has witnessed a slight improvement in form over the last few games. Even though he did not score in the recent away match against Preston, Grabban has been able to get more than twice the goals of Stoke City’s top scorer Afobe and it is difficult to look past him for the opening goal. Our first goalscorer prediction would pick Lewis Grabban.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”First goalscorer prediction:”]Lewis Grabban at 5.00[/bet_tip_now]
Free bet offers
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