Birmingham vs Nottingham Forest
England – Championship
Date: Saturday, 14th January, 2016
Kick off at 15:00 UK Time
Venue: St. Andrews, (Bordesley, Birmingham).
One man is under huge pressure this weekend and that is Italian Gianfranco Zola who was swept in as Birmingham’s manager five games ago and is still awaiting his first win. The fans haven’t taken to him, he will feel a win here could change all of that and it is something the home team desperately need.
They are currently in 13th position and if nothing else a win could see them leapfrog eternal nemesis Aston Villa. But the key here this season has to be top six, they are just seven points from that goal but will need to pick up wins immediately. Birmingham’s last win came on December 13th over Ipswich. At home they have lost 3 of their last 4 matches.
Nottingham Forest manager Philippe Montanier has not had a good debut season with the club where he has overseen 15 losses from 29 games managed. He currently has a win percentage of 31%.
Forest are just two points from a relegation place and have lost 4 games in a row, so to summarize both managers need something here and the feeling is they met set up their teams to get at least a point.
Birmingham vs Nottingham Forest: Head to Head Stats
Earlier in the season Forest won at home 3-1 and the team have not lost to Birmingham in two years over three fixtures. The correct score of 3-1 has appeared twice in the last four matches. Based on the last ten matches there is a 60% chance of seeing over 2 goals.
Birmingham vs Nottingham Forest: Prediction
Birmingham has zero confidence and even though they will meet a very average side in Forest, the away team will build confidence with their result earlier this season and should start the game out of the blocks better.
Birmingham vs Nottingham Forest: Bet Tips
Nottingham Forest to be leading at half time at 10/3 (4.33).