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

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Venue: City Ground, Nottingham

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Nottingham Forest vs Birmingham City Match Prediction

By Richard McTiernan

This Saturday early evening (17:30) game is live on Sky Sports and features an undefeated side playing host to a team still seeking their first victory. Here we have our match preview with all the best predictions, betting tips and match stats. Nottingham Forest had no game in mid-week so they last played Saturday where they needed a late goal to claim a point at Wigan. Matty Cash and Hillal Soudani got them a draw that their performance did not deserve. Birmingham suffered their second defeat of the season as they lost 1-0 away to Bolton on Wednesday evening. The result was harsh on the Blues who were the better side and deserved the win according to the expected goals data. The two meetings between these sides last season were won by the home side with it ending 2-1 in Nottingham and 1-0 in Birmingham. The Tricky Trees have lost just one of the last six Midland derbies against the Blues.

Betting Tips and Predictions

Given Nottingham Forest have won just one of their last four I could not be taking them to win at short odds here though Birmingham have netted on just two occasions this season so I am put off backing them for victory. The hosts have been level in each of their two home matches going into the break so back the game to all-square going into the interval and say that the East Midlands outfit will not net before 47:00 minutes.

Game to be level at half-time

Nottingham Forest not to score before 47:00

Nottingham Forest saw over 1.5 goals in 8 out of their last 10 games played

AVG Goals

1

BTTS

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

Over 1.5 1H Goals

Over 1.5 2H Goals

Nottingham Forest Form Guide

Nottingham Forest Team Logo

Nottingham Forest

Won

4

Draw

5

Lost

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)

D A

18-08-2018

Championship

Wigan Athletic Team Logo Wigan Athletic

FT 2 - 2

(HT 2 - 1)

D H

25-08-2018

Championship

Birmingham City Team Logo Birmingham City

FT 2 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

W H

29-08-2018

EFL Cup

Newcastle United Team Logo Newcastle United

FT 3 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

L A

01-09-2018

Championship

Brentford Team Logo Brentford

FT 2 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

D A

15-09-2018

Championship

Swansea City Team Logo Swansea City

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

Birmingham City Form Guide

Birmingham City Team Logo

Birmingham City

Won

0

Draw

6

Lost

4
L H

27-07-2018

Club Friendlies

Las Palmas Team Logo Las Palmas

FT 1 - 4

(HT 1 - 1)

D H

28-07-2018

Club Friendlies

Brighton & Hove Albion Team Logo Brighton & Hove Albion

FT 1 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

D H

04-08-2018

Championship

Norwich City Team Logo Norwich City

FT 2 - 2

(HT 0 - 0)

L A

11-08-2018

Championship

Middlesbrough Team Logo Middlesbrough

FT 1 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

L A

14-08-2018

EFL Cup

Reading Team Logo Reading

FT 2 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

D H

17-08-2018

Championship

Swansea City Team Logo Swansea City

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

L A

22-08-2018

Championship

Bolton Wanderers Team Logo Bolton Wanderers

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

D A

25-08-2018

Championship

Nottingham Forest Team Logo Nottingham Forest

FT 2 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

D H

01-09-2018

Championship

Queens Park Rangers Team Logo Queens Park Rangers

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

D H

14-09-2018

Championship

West Bromwich Albion Team Logo West Bromwich Albion

FT 1 - 1

(HT 1 - 1)

Nottingham Forest Preview

The Tricky Trees have made a solid start to the season picking up six points but need to start turning some draws into victories. They sit tenth in the league table though the expected goals data suggests they should be as low as 20th. At the City Ground, they are unbeaten in five league fixtures and have lost just one of the previous eight. The East Midlands outfit have shipped just three goals in their last seven in front of their own fans.Hillal  Soudani is the only Nottingham Forest player to have scored more than one league goal this season with two. Just one of the four they have played in this Championship campaign has gone over 2.5 goals.

Nottingham Forest Team News

Diego Goncalves (unknown) is their only doubt for this fixture.

Birmingham City Preview

The Blues have had a tough start to the season picking up just two points from their opening four games. They sit 20th in the Championship table though the expected goals data has them as high as eighth. Away from St Andrew’s, they have lost each of their last five and eight of their previous nine matches. The Midlands outfit have not scored on the road this season and just three times in their last six. They have netted the joint-lowest amount of goals in the Championship this campaign with just two. Their last three matches have been low-scoring affairs producing a total of just two goals.

Birmingham City Team News

David Davis (broken ankle) and Isaac Vassell (cruciate) are out while Chiekh N’Doye (unknown) is a doubt after missing out in midweek.

Nottingham Forest Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1.4

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

Birmingham City Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

0.7

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 vs Birmingham City Sidelined Players

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Probably Lineup

No. Pos Player M kg
1 GK Costel Pantilimon 203 96
18 RB Jack Robinson 168 67
4 CD Daniel Fox 183 79
3 CD Tobias Figueiredo 182 60
25 LB Sam Byram 180 72
31 CM Gil Dias 183 76
2 CM El-Arbi Hilal Soudani 182 75
6 CDM Jack Colback 176 72
14 CM Matty Cash 185 64
8 CDM Ben Watson 178 68
9 CF Daryl Murphy 191 88
No. Pos Player M kg
1 GK Lee Camp 183 75
3 RB Kristian Pedersen 189 83
28 CD Michael Morrison 183 76
12 CD Harlee Dean 190 82
5 LB Maxime Colin 179 77
19 RM Jacques Maghoma 175 73
6 CM Maikel Kieftenbeld 179 75
20 CM Gary Gardner 188 82
23 LM Jota 180 67
10 CF Lukas Jutkiewicz 185 81
14 CF Omar Bogle 191 80