Birmingham vs Nottingham Forest Prediction & Match Preview

Birmingham vs Nottingham Forest
England – Championship
Date: Saturday, 1 February 2020
Kick-off at 15:00 UK/ 16:00 CET
Venue: St. Andrew’s Stadium (Birmingham).

Nottingham Forest hold the upper hand this weekend, considering that they won the reverse fixture 3-0, and that they are a prime contender for a podium finish. However, a clean sheet might be out of the question taking into account the domination of Birmingham in h2h clashes at home.

Birmingham vs Nottingham Forest Head-to-head (h2h)

  • The last time these two met, Forest won 3-0 at home.
  • Four of the former six wins went to Nottingham.
  • Six of the last eight wins at this venue went to the hosts.
  • The last four encounters saw the teams at home scoring two or more goals.

Birmingham vs Nottingham Forest Match Preview

Birmingham were held to a 1-1 draw on the road by Middlesbrough the last match-day. The former had saved a penalty early in the game, and were leading 0-1 with just ten minutes left to play, before conceding the equalizer.

The inability of Birmingham was on display, as the team let go of a potential win and extra two points cheaply.

Meanwhile, Nottingham Forest recorded a tough-fought 0-1 win on the road the last match-day over Brentford. The impressive result showed just how serious Forest were about their promotion ambitions.

Going on, Birmingham have performed offensively well in spite of their shortcomings at the back. The team has found the back of the net in 12 of their last 15 overall fixtures, and in 17 of their previous 21 appearances in front of the home crowd.

However, the team was winless in seven of their last eight games at home, and had lost four of their former six. On the other hand though, Forest are unbeaten in their last four match-ups, and were so in seven of their previous eight games.

In addition, teams at home have recorded eight of the previous ten h2h wins, have lost just twice in the last eight years, and just four times since 2000. They have also scored two or more goals in the previous four matches in a row, and at this venue, Forest have a grand total of two wins since 2000.

Birmingham vs Nottingham Forest Prediction

As things stand Nottingham Forest hold the upper hand. They are on course to qualify for the playoffs at the least, while actively pursuing the direct-promotion spots. And the team is dead-serious about this objective.

They had also won the reverse fixture, and on the road, the team had lost just four times this whole season. Two of those had come against Chelsea, and Arsenal. Meanwhile, Birmingham are placed in bottom tier of the table, and have a total of just three wins from their prior seventeen games.  

Likely, Nottingham Forest should avoid a loss at the very least.

However, home teams have performed well in h2h clashes over the years, and especially so at this venue. Nottingham Forest have not much of a proud history at this venue, and taking this superiority of Birmingham in h2h clashes at this venue into account, we rule out a clean sheet for the guests.

As such, the BTTS looks very promising this Saturday.

Birmingham vs Nottingham Forest Betting Tips

  • Double Chance: Nottingham Forest or Draw @ 1.50 (1/2)
  • Both Teams to Score @ 1.80 (4/5).