Nottingham Forest vs Birmingham
England – Championship
Date: Saturday, 17 August 2019
Kick-off at 15:00 UK/ 16:00 CET
Venue: City Ground (Nottingham).
Forest gave their best last season to get into the playoff mix but had to bow out by the time the campaign had entered its final phase. This time around, they have failed to show any kind of form resembling their previous run and is winless till point in the competition.
But there’s an asterisk attached, as both their matches were against some of the best in the league – Leeds and West Brom.
Could they be third time lucky? This weekend, the squad welcomes Birmingham who had a disaster of a period in 2018-19, as EFL had deducted a total of nine points from their tally.
And this seems to have motivated them, as they stand unbeaten so far in their current run.
Nottingham Forest vs Birmingham Head-to-head (h2h)
- The last time these two met, Birmingham recorded a 2-0 home win.
- Eight of the previous ten fixtures saw Forest failing to keep a clean sheet.
- The last five meetings at this venue had goals from both teams.
- Birmingham has not been able to record a clean sheet in their last eight visits to this stadium.
Nottingham Forest vs Birmingham Prediction
Birmingham was unbeaten in 13 of their last 15 matches and has so far avoided a loss in this current campaign in the competition. They also won two of their last three fixtures on the road and was invincible in eight of their last ten on the road.
Meanwhile, their counterparts are winless in the 2019-20 Championship till now and were winless in four of their previous five overall fixtures. At home, they remained without a win in three of the last five as well.
Finally, the last time these two met, Birmingham registered a 2-0 win.
With these in mind, count on the said squad to avoid losing this weekend.
Regarding goals, the home advantage for Nottingham definitely gives them a push, and so does their superior h2h stats over the course of the last few years at their home.
Also, Birmingham failed to keep their half of the pitch clean of goals in seven of the last eight overall games, and in 15 their previous 17 road trips.
Consequentially, the BTTS option should be checked this Saturday.
Nottingham Forest vs Birmingham Betting Tips
Both Teams to Score @ 1.80 (4/5)
Double Chance: Birmingham or Draw @ 1.80 (4/5).