Cardiff City vs Nottingham Forest Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview

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Cardiff City vs Nottingham Forest Match Prediction

By Richard McTiernan

This Saturday evening (19:45) fixture is an important one in the race for automatic promotion as it features the side in second going into the weekend.  Here we have our match preview with all the best predictions, betting tips and match stats.

Cardiff put a three-game winless run behind them as they picked up an important three points in a 2-0 victory at Norwich.  The game seemed headed to a goalless draw but Kenneth Zohore and Junior Hoilett both netted in the last five minutes.

Nottingham Forest ended their six-game winless run last weekend as they defeated Ipswich 2-1 at the City Ground.  They were on course for a fourth straight defeat but Ben Brerton converted an 89th minute penalty then Joe Lolley netted an injury-time winner.

The reverse fixture came at the end of November and the Welsh side won 2-0 with a goal each from Junior Hoilett and Danny Ward.  It means City are now unbeaten in their last eight against Forest winning six of these.

 

Betting Tips and Predictions

The logic and statistics suggests Cardiff should win here against poor travellers Nottingham Forest. Nerves and pressure can do funny things to a team though and at these prices I would side with the visitors and the draw in the double chance market.  For those who don’t think the East Midlands outfit are capable then I point you in the direction of the result at Wolves a few weeks ago.

If Forest do win it is unlikely to be to nil as the Bluebirds have failed to score in just two of their last 14 so I think backing both teams to score also looks an angle into this match.

 

Nottingham Forest and draw double chance market

Yes in the both teams to score market.

 

Cardiff City scored over 2.5 goals in 5 out of their last 10 games played

Cardiff City saw over 1.5 goals in 9 out of their last 10 games played against Nottingham Forest

Nottingham Forest saw over 1.5 goals in 7 out of their last 10 games played

Nottingham Forest saw over 1.5 goals in 9 out of their last 10 games played against Cardiff City

AVG Goals

2.3

BTTS

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

Over 1.5 1H Goals

Over 1.5 2H Goals

Cardiff City Form Guide

Cardiff City Team Logo

Cardiff City

Won

5

Draw

2

Lost

3
D H

06-05-2018

Championship

Reading Team Logo Reading

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W A

13-07-2018

Club Friendlies

Taffs Well Team Logo Taffs Well

FT 0 - 3

(HT 0 - 1)

W A

16-07-2018

Club Friendlies

Tavistock AFC

FT 0 - 6

(HT 0 - 5)

W A

18-07-2018

Club Friendlies

Bodmin Town Team Logo Bodmin Town

FT 1 - 11

(HT 1 - 7)

D A

20-07-2018

Club Friendlies

Torquay United Team Logo Torquay United

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

L A

25-07-2018

Club Friendlies

Rotherham United Team Logo Rotherham United

FT 2 - 1

(HT 1 - 1)

W A

28-07-2018

Club Friendlies

Burton Albion Team Logo Burton Albion

FT 1 - 5

(HT 1 - 3)

W H

03-08-2018

Club Friendlies

Amiens Team Logo Amiens

FT 3 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

L H

04-08-2018

Club Friendlies

Real Betis Team Logo Real Betis

FT 1 - 2

(HT 1 - 2)

L A

11-08-2018

Premier League

AFC Bournemouth Team Logo AFC Bournemouth

FT 2 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

Nottingham Forest Form Guide

Nottingham Forest Team Logo

Nottingham Forest

Won

5

Draw

3

Lost

2
L A

14-07-2018

Club Friendlies

Real Betis Team Logo Real Betis

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W A

16-07-2018

Club Friendlies

Malaga Team Logo Malaga

FT 0 - 3

(HT 0 - 1)

D A

21-07-2018

Club Friendlies

Oldham Athletic Team Logo Oldham Athletic

FT 2 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

L H

24-07-2018

Club Friendlies

UNFP FC Team Logo UNFP FC

FT 1 - 3

(HT 1 - 1)

W A

25-07-2018

Club Friendlies

Scunthorpe United Team Logo Scunthorpe United

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

W H

28-07-2018

Club Friendlies

AFC Bournemouth Team Logo AFC Bournemouth

FT 2 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

D A

04-08-2018

Championship

Bristol City Team Logo Bristol City

FT 1 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

D H

07-08-2018

Championship

West Bromwich Albion Team Logo West Bromwich Albion

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

11-08-2018

Championship

Reading Team Logo Reading

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

14-08-2018

EFL Cup

Bury Team Logo Bury

FT 11 - 10

(HT 0 - 1)

Cardiff City Preview

Despite taking just four points from their last four fixtures an eight-win run before that means the Bluebirds are still in second going into this round of fixtures.  They have four matches to play with Derby away their only remaining top 16 opponent.

At the Cardiff City Stadium, they have won seven of their last eight with the defeat coming against Wolves.  The Welsh outfit have the best ranked home defence in the division this season.

Kenneth Zohore is finding his form at the right time with the Dane having netted five times in the last ten.  24 of the 42 Cardiff have played in the Championship this campaign have gone under 2.5 goals.

 

Cardiff City Team News

Sol Bamba (unknown), Jazz Richards and Joe Ralls (both ankle) and Danny Ward (knee) are all doubts.

Nottingham Forest Preview

Victory last time out means it is 15 points from their last 11 for the Tricky Trees which has been enough to keep them away from the relegation battle.  Aitor Karanka will be using the next three matches to work out his squad for the following season.

Away from the City Ground, they are without a victory in their last four and have won just one of their last seven.  They have blanked in each of their last four and six of their last seven on the road.

Just one of the last seven Nottingham Forest have played have seen both teams score and this is the same number that have gone over 2.5 goals.  It is now seven straight fixtures without an opening half goal for the East Midlands outfit.

 

Nottingham Forest Team News

Ashkan Dejagh (knee), Joe Worrall (unknown), Daryl Murphy (calf), Jack Hobbs (back), Chris Cohen (knee), David Vaughan (ankle) and Jamie Ward (hamstring) are doubts.

Cardiff City Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

3.1

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Nottingham Forest Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1.3

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Cardiff City vs Nottingham Forest Sidelined Players

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Probably Lineup

No. Pos Player M kg
25 GK Neil Etheridge 188 90
3 RB Joseph Bennett 183 74
5 CD Bruno Ecuele Manga 186 76
4 CD Sean Morrison 193 78
2 LB Lee Peltier 178 73
21 CM Craig Bryson 170 60
17 CM Aron Gunnarsson 178 70
8 CM Joe Ralls 183 70
33 RF Junior Hoilett 173 70
10 CF Kenneth Zohore 189 98
19 LF Nathaniel Mendez-Laing 180 75
No. Pos Player M kg
33 GK Stefanos Kapinos 190 90
11 RB Ben Osborn 176 75
13 CD Daniel Fox 183 79
3 CD Tobias Figueiredo 182 60
2 LB Eric Lichaj 180 79
32 CM Ben Watson 178 68
18 CM Jack Colback 176 72
7 CM Liam Bridcutt 175 73
23 RF Joe Lolley 178 71
17 CF Ben Brereton - -
14 LF Matty Cash 185 64