Nottingham Forest vs Middlesbrough
2017/18 EFL Championship
Date: Saturday, 19th August 2017
Kick off at 15:00 UK/16:00 CET
Venue: The City Ground.
Middlesbrough travels to Nottingham searching for another 3 points. Whether they get them or not we will get the answer in Saturday afternoon.
Forest suffered a defeat midweek against Barnsley. The team lost 2-1 with 2 goals conceded at the start of each half. Experienced striker Daryl Murphy scored the goal for Nottingham with a header after a good cross from the right side.
Middlesbrough delivered just what was expected from them last round. The team got the victory over Burton with 2-0, kept the clean sheet and didn’t put too much effort to exhaust themselves for Saturday
Form and Tactical Analysis
Nottingham so far picked 6 points from their opening 3 games. The team got victories over newly promoted Millwall in the season opener and away against Brentford in a thrilling encounter finished 3-4.
The team opened the season with 4 at the back but quickly moved to 3. Last 2 games the players operated in a 3-4-3 formation with attacking players often swapping places.
Middlesbrough opened the season with an away defeat against Wolves. This was the meeting between the 2 highest spending sides and Boro lost it. Still the team comes into this game with 2 straight wins over Burton and Sheffield United.
Boro are playing much more attacking under Monk than they used to in the Premier League. The team uses a 4-3-3- formation with Gastede, Assombalonga and Bamford operating up front.
Nottingham vs Middlesbrough: Head to head
The hosts have 3 victories, visitors 4 and the draws are 3 in their most recent 10 games.
The last 3 games between the sides on The City Ground all finished above the 2.5 goal line with both teams finding the net.
Last time these 2 teams met was in season 15-16 and each team won on its opponents home ground.
Nottingham vs Middlesbrough: Prediction
Nottingham may look in from but that’s a bit deceiving. They had some luck against bottom table oppositions. Middlesbrough looks like it needs some time to blend the players in but so far things are looking good. The advantage here is with the away team.
English leagues often have stories better than those written in the books. Assombalonga comes to his former clubs ground and he will either score or have a horrendous night. I think the better bet is for him to net against his former teammates.
Nottingham vs Middlesbrough: Bet Tips
Boro 0.0 AH for 1.70 with bet365.
Assombalonga to score anytime for 2.05 with bet365.