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

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Norwich City vs Nottingham Forest Match Prediction

By Richard McTiernan

This Boxing Day (15:00) fixture features two promotion hopefuls as second placed Norwich host seventh placed Nottingham Forest. Here we have our match preview with all the best predictions, betting tips and match stats.

Norwich stretched their unbeaten run to 11 matches with a 1-0 road victory at Blackburn last time out. The Canaries just about deserved the points but had to wait until the 86th minute when Teemu Pukki netted the winner.

Nottingham Forest are now winless in three following a 1-0 home loss against QPR in their previous game. The expected goals data suggests that the result was probably a little harsh on Forest.

These two sides last met in mid-October at the City Ground in a fixture that the Canaries won 2-1. Lewis Grabban had put the East Midlands outfit ahead but a Timm Klose brace ensured the East Anglian side took all three points.

 

Betting Tips and Predictions

I like the look of the draw given Forest have picked up a point on recent trips to Leeds and Aston Villa while Norwich have gone all season without a home game finishing all-square which is unlikely to stay and must be due to happen soon.

In addition, I like this one to finish as a tie and see both teams score. Both teams have netted in the last three at Carrow Road and in three of the previous five on the road in all competitions for the visitors.

 

Game to finish in a draw

Game to finish in a draw and both teams to score

 

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

Norwich City saw over 1.5 goals in 8 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 8 out of their last 10 games played against Norwich City

AVG Goals

1.3

BTTS

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

Over 1.5 1H Goals

Over 1.5 2H Goals

Norwich City Form Guide

Norwich City Team Logo

Norwich City

Won

5

Draw

3

Lost

2
D A

01-01-2019

Championship

Brentford Team Logo Brentford

FT 1 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

L H

05-01-2019

FA Cup

Portsmouth Team Logo Portsmouth

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

D A

12-01-2019

Championship

West Bromwich Albion Team Logo West Bromwich Albion

FT 1 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

W H

18-01-2019

Championship

Birmingham City Team Logo Birmingham City

FT 3 - 1

(HT 3 - 1)

D H

26-01-2019

Championship

Sheffield United Team Logo Sheffield United

FT 2 - 2

(HT 1 - 1)

W A

02-02-2019

Championship

Leeds United Team Logo Leeds United

FT 1 - 3

(HT 0 - 2)

W H

10-02-2019

Championship

Ipswich Town Team Logo Ipswich Town

FT 3 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

L A

13-02-2019

Championship

Preston North End Team Logo Preston North End

FT 3 - 1

(HT 2 - 0)

W A

16-02-2019

Championship

Bolton Wanderers Team Logo Bolton Wanderers

FT 0 - 4

(HT 0 - 3)

W H

23-02-2019

Championship

Bristol City Team Logo Bristol City

FT 3 - 2

(HT 1 - 2)

Nottingham Forest Form Guide

Nottingham Forest Team Logo

Nottingham Forest

Won

3

Draw

2

Lost

5
L A

29-12-2018

Championship

Millwall Team Logo Millwall

FT 1 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

W H

01-01-2019

Championship

Leeds United Team Logo Leeds United

FT 4 - 2

(HT 1 - 0)

L A

05-01-2019

FA Cup

Chelsea Team Logo Chelsea

FT 2 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

L A

12-01-2019

Championship

Reading Team Logo Reading

FT 2 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

L H

19-01-2019

Championship

Bristol City Team Logo Bristol City

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

26-01-2019

Championship

Wigan Athletic Team Logo Wigan Athletic

FT 3 - 1

(HT 1 - 1)

L A

02-02-2019

Championship

Birmingham City Team Logo Birmingham City

FT 2 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

W H

09-02-2019

Championship

Brentford Team Logo Brentford

FT 2 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

D A

12-02-2019

Championship

West Bromwich Albion Team Logo West Bromwich Albion

FT 2 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

D A

16-02-2019

Championship

Preston North End Team Logo Preston North End

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

Norwich City Preview

The Canaries have made a great start to the season and sit second one point behind Leeds and five above West Brom. The expected goals data has them in third place behind Sheffield United and Leeds.

At Carrow Road, they are impressive with no side winning more home matches than the eight they have won with three defeats and no draws. They are the only side not to have drawn a home match in the Championship this campaign.

The 41 goals Norwich have scored is the third highest in the division and they are led by Teemu Pukki who has 13 goals for the season. They have the fifth best ranked defence having conceded just 26 times.

 

Norwich City Team News

Emiliano Buendia (thigh), Moritz Leitner (unknown), Kenny McLean (ankle), Tim Klose (knee), and Ivo Pinto (neck) are doubts. Matt Jarvis (knee), Aston Oxborough (hand), Louis Thompson (shoulder) and Carlton Morris (cruciate) are long-term absentees.

Nottingham Forest Preview

The Tricky Trees have made a good start to the season and sit in seventh place just one place and three points outside the play-offs. A concern is that they are without a win in three and have won just one of their last five.

Away from the City Ground, they have only lost once this season which along with Norwich is the joint best in the division. Seven of these 11 have finished all-square including three of their last four.

Nottingham Forest will need to keep hold of Lewis Grabban in January as the frontman has grabbed 14 of their 32 goals. Their defence has been strong and the 23 conceded is the third best in the division.

 

Nottingham Forest Team News

Michael Dawson (hamstring), Hilel Soudani, Juan Rafael Fuentes (both knee) and Danny Fox (foot) are doubts while Sam Byram (ankle) is a long-term absentee.

Norwich City Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

2.1

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

1.1

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

Norwich City vs Nottingham Forest Sidelined Players

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Probably Lineup

No. Pos Player M kg
1 GK Tim Krul 188 74
37 LB Maximillian James Aarons - -
15 CD Timm Klose 193 87
4 CD Ben Godfrey 183 74
12 RB Jamal Lewis 173 -
27 CDM Alexander Tettey 180 68
8 CDM Mario Vrancic 186 75
17 CM Emiliano Buendia 170 65
18 CM Marco Stiepermann 190 75
36 CM Todd Cantwell 177 66
22 CF Teemu Pukki 176 66
No. Pos Player M kg
1 GK Costel Pantilimon 203 96
27 LB Tendayi Darikwa 188 77
4 CD Daniel Fox 183 79
18 RB Jack Robinson 168 67
44 CD Michael Hefele 192 87
6 CDM Jack Colback 176 72
24 CDM Claudio Yacob 181 77
23 CM Joe Lolley 178 71
10 CM Joao Carvalho 172 -
14 CM Matty Cash 185 64
7 CF Lewis Grabban 183 71