Aston Villa vs Nottingham Forest
Date: Wednesday, 28 November 2018
Kick-Off at 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET
Venue: Villa Park (Birmingham).
Aston Villa got off to a nightmare start to the Second City derby on Sunday when Lukas Jutkiewitz put their bitter rivals Birmingham ahead. Nevertheless, Dean Smith’s men shoed the fighting spirit to claw their way back into the contest and actually turn it completely around by 39th-minute when Jack Grealish made it 2-1 for the Lions.
Villa gained the control from that point and won it 4-2 at the end to jump on to the 8th place in the league ladder. They are four points shy of the play-offs spots and three behind the 7th-placed Nottingham Forest ahead of a very interesting mid-week tie at Villa Park.
The hosts look to be flying high under the new manager who made it three impressive wins on the spin in Championship. The Lions bagged a fine seven-goal tally in last two league affairs against the likes of Derby County and Birmingham City. Nonetheless, they’ll face hard times maintaining such a brutal attacking record on Wednesday evening when they come face to face with the stern defensive line of Nottm’s.
Aston Villa vs Nottingham Forest: Head-to-head
Aston Villa lead the head to head tie by seven wins coming into their 87th encounter with the Reds.
The Lions earned the domestic double over Nottingham Forest via two separate narrow wins (1-0 and 2-1) in the previous term.
Both teams were on the scoresheet in five if past six head to head meetings.
Aston Villa vs Nottingham Forest: Prediction
The visitors will also head into this in high spirits. They were the dominant side on the pitch throughout the 90 minutes of play against the struggling Hull City on Saturday away at KCOM. A fine overall display was rewarded by two second-half goals Lewis Grabban and Joe Lolley.
The Reds thus claimed seven points from past three league ties, each of which saw them keep a clean sheet. They actually only allowed a single goal in past five Championship fixtures.
Making the difference will be an extremely tough task for both sides here. We expect a very tight affair which could likely end in a draw.
Aston Villa vs Nottingham Forest: Bet Tips
Draw @ 3.75 (11/4)
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 1.80 (4/5).