Nottingham Forest vs Derby
England – EFL Championship
Date: Monday, 25th February 2019
Kick-off at 19.45 UK/ 20.45 CET
Venue: City Ground (Nottingham).
The fantastic form of Bristol City is proving quite difficult to cope up with for either of these teams. They both sit just below Bristol in league standings, who occupy the final playoff spot as of now. Just a dozen or so rounds remain in the competition, and it’s time the squads shift into racing gear.
The string of draws these groups have been going through, and the fact that both are almost similarly strong, at least on paper, will figure into the outcome of this match. Derby has the most to make from this fixture, considering their two-point deficit with the post-season mix. But they are handicapped with the away status, and that should bring parity with the hosts.
Nottingham Forest vs Derby Head-to-head
- The last two games ended in draws. And importantly, goalless draws.
- The teams on the road failed to score in six of the last seven meetings.
- Ten of the last fourteen matches had under 2.5 goals.
- The last two encounters at this venue and three of the last four were stalemates.
Nottingham Forest vs Derby Prediction
Both these teams will not want to lose this game and deliver the other a massive advantage in their race to the final playoff spot in contention. In that sense, this fixture is sorts of a virtual final and will be approached with such an attitude. Mistakes will be religiously avoided, and rather than actively looking for goals, the squads will be happy to pounce on openings provided by their counterparts.
This approach is further justified by the fact that almost all of their recent meetings have taken a similar character. Both of their pairings in 2018 resulted in goalless draws. And so have three of their last four h2h ties. That roughly translates to, just one definitive result in the last two years.
Also, Nottingham has been winless against this opponent since 2015, but that is negated by the fact that the teams on the road have not found the back of the net in six of the last seven encounters. Keep in mind that Derby is on the road this Monday.
And finally, also take into account that both teams have been having problems in front of the goal in their last few match-days. Either failed to score in their just-concluded fixtures.
All of these observations lead us to the top pick of the day – the first half to end without goals.
Nottingham Forest vs Derby Betting Tips
Half Time Result: Draw @ 2.00 (1/1)
Half Time Correct Score: 0-0 @ 2.62 (13/8).