Brentford vs Nottingham ForestEnglish Championship, KO: 12:30 Mar 20, 2021, Brentford Community Stadium
Brentford continue their quest for promotion as they host Nottingham Forest in an English Championship fixture at the Brentford Community Stadium. They hosts have a good home record and should have to much quality for a Forest side on the decline in recent weeks.
The Bees were held to a 2-2 draw by Derby County last time out in the Championship. They threw away a two-goal lead as first half efforts from Ivan Toney and Sergi Canon were cancelled out by the home team.
The result means Thomas Frank’s men remain fourth in the Championship and sit three points above Barnsley. They still have genuine hopes of securing an automatic playoff berth with second place Watford just five points ahead.
Brentford have been in good form lately with just one defeat in their last five Championship matches. They have been particularly impressive at home with seven wins in their last eight matches, a run that includes a 7-2 victory over Wycombe Wanderers while they also thrashed Sheffield Wednesday 3-0.
Nottingham Forest were disappointing in their previous Championship outing where they lost 2-0 at home to Norwich City. They offered little resistance to the league leaders and finished with just a single attempt on target.
Chris Hughton's men have been on a steady decline in recent weeks after failing to secure a win in their last five matches. They are sliding towards the relegation zone and sit 18th on the table, nine points above the bottom three.
Forest have been plagued by a lack of goals throughout the season and have one the poorest attacks in the Championship.
That problem seems to have gotten worse in recent weeks with just one goal scored in their last four matches.
How the bookies view it
The bookies have installed Brentford as the favourites with a home win priced at 14/19 by SBK. The same firm is offering 23/5 for a Nottingham Forest win while a draw is set at odds of 13/5 by William Hill.
With Nottingham Forest looking out of sorts lately, I am tempted to lean towards a win for Brentford.
Head to head
Brentford have claimed nine wins while Nottingham Forest have seven victory from 18 previous matches. There have been just two draws between both teams while the Bees ran out 3-1 winners in the reverse fixture back in December.
Players to watch
Nottingham Forest have been poor in attack lately and are likely to do plenty of defending on Saturday. Tobias Figueiredo and Joe Worrall are the preferred central defensive paring and will be the ones tasked with stopping Ivan Toney and the Brentford attack.
Anything else catch the eye?
Brentford and Nottingham Forest produced over 3.5 goals in the reverse fixture and a similar outcome is priced at 33/10 by Unibet. Over 2.5 goals is valued at 6/5 by bet365 while the Bees can be backed to score two or more goals at evens with Skybet.
Combining markets could also increase the value of your bet with BoyleSport offering 21/10 for a Brentford win and over 2.5 goals. A score/win double with Brentford and Ivan Toney could also be worth a punt at 13/10 with Skybet.
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