Nottingham Forest vs Stoke City
English League Cup
Date: Wednesday, 26 September 2018
Kick-Off at 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET
Venue: The City Ground (Nottingham).
Both Nottingham Forest and Stoke City defeated Premier League opposition to book their third round tie in this term of League Cup. The Reds bagged two super late stoppage-time goals to see off Newcastle United 3-1 at The City Ground. Daryl Murphy, Matty Cash and Gil Dias notched goals for the team led by Aitor Karanka back in late-August.
The Potters, on the other side, dispatched Huddersfield Town 2-0 at Bet365 Stadium. Saido Berahino pushed them in front eight minutes after the interval, while the victory was sealed when Juninho Bacuna scored an own-goal in the seventh minute of the added time.
Nottingham Forest vs Stoke City Head-to-head
The two teams last locked horns in an official match 13 years ago when they battled it out together in the second tier of the English football.
Nottingham generally have a positive head to head record with 22 wins to Stoke’s 11 coming into the 54th meeting between the two sides.
They met each other also in a pre-season friendly in 2009 when they drew 1-1 at The City Ground.
None of last four head to head games saw three or more goals scored.
Nottingham Forest vs Stoke City Prediction
Nottingham will enter the affair higher on confidence. They finally managed to pick up subsequent victories for the first time this season beating Sheffield Wednesday and Rotherham United in last two rounds.
It was Lewis Grabban who converted the late 88th-minute penalty to secure a three-pointer against the Millers on Saturday. The head coach Aitor Karanka can be satisfied with the rise in his side’s defensive form as the Reds allowed only a single goal in last three Championship outings.
This can’t be said for the visitors who look to be very easy to break down at the start of the season. The Potters sit as low as 18th because of the inability to keep things tight at the back. The most recent failure happened on Saturday when Gary Rowett’s side fell 2-3 at home to Blackburn Rovers.
Based on the current form, we have to fancy the 2.45 odds offered for the hosts to clinch the victory and move into the fourth round of the competition. The more conservative punters will fancy Nottingham Forest to qualify at the odds of 1.75.
Nottingham Forest vs Stoke City Bet Tips
Forest to win @ 2.45 (29/20)
Forest to qualify @ 1.75 (3/4).