Nottingham Forest vs Cardiff City
English FA Cup
Date: Saturday, 9 January 2021
Kick-Off at 12.00 UK
Venue: The City Ground, Nottingham.
Thanks to the series of five games without defeat Nottingham Forest are finally out of the relegation zone. They can rest for at least one weekend and focus on FA Cup action instead. The Reds welcome another Championship side Cardiff City on Saturday afternoon and we should witness an interesting clash.
The Bluebirds have declined drastically in terms of results and form lately, having lost four out of the last five encounters. That is probably the main reason why bookies labelled them as the underdogs at 2.75 rate. The last victory achieved on the road was in early December against Stoke City.
Nottingham Forest vs Cardiff City Head-to-head
Five out of the last six head to head encounters between these two teams ended Under 2.5 FT goals. They locked horns once this season in the Championship at the same venue and Cardiff took comfortable 2-0 win.
All time stats are also going in favour of the Welsh side which has 20 wins in 35 duels, while losing only nine.
41 goals were scored in 18 encounters at The City Ground, which averages around 2.30 per match.
Nottingham Forest vs Cardiff City Prediction
Nottingham Forest have changed their playstyle significantly in the last couple of weeks. Their last five matches played in the Championship have ended Under 2.5 goals, which is surely very interesting info for the goals market. Fans were expecting to see so much more from this squad after last season’s achievements and high placement.
At this point, they would probably be happy with one of middle table, safe positions. Cardiff City didn’t have a lot of success in last year’s edition of FA Cup, managing to eliminate Carlisle United in the 3rd round just to get eliminated by Reading in the next stage. Considering their recent shape, we see no other option but to back hosts to qualify.
Nottingham Forest vs Cardiff City Bet Tips
Under 2.5 goals @ 1.61
Nottingham Forest to qualify @ 1.80.