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

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Kickoff: 13:00 Hrs

Venue: City Ground, Nottingham

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Nottingham Forest vs Cardiff City Match Prediction

By Richard McTiernan

This Sunday lunchtime (13:00) game features two sides going well in the top-half of the Championship table. Here we have our match preview with all the best predictions, betting tips and match stats.

Nottingham Forest bounced back to winning ways as they defeated Norwich 1-0 at the City Ground in midweek. A 77th minute Daryl Murphy goal proved to be the difference between the two sides. Cardiff made it back-to-back victories with a 1-0 victory at Oakwell over Barnsley on Tuesday night. Callum Paterson got the only goal of the game seven minutes from time in a fixture that seemed headed for a draw. The two meetings between this pair last season were won by Cardiff who won the game in Wales 1-0 and the match at the City Ground 2-1. Aron Gunnarson netted in both games and has scored in his last three against Forest.

Betting Tips and Predictions

Bookmakers are having trouble splitting the pair with Forest the marginal favourites and this seems a fair assessment. If pushed I would lean towards the draw but I would look elsewhere to find the match betting value. Forest have hosted three similar strong teams in the past few months beating Sheffield United 2-1 and losing to Fulham 3-1 and Wolves 2-1. I think this then points to a bet on over 2.5 goals and over 2.5 goals and YES both teams to score in a double as the single price on both teams to score is just a little short.

Over 2.5 goals in this game

Yes both teams to score and over 2.5 goals in this game

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

Cardiff City saw over 1.5 goals in 7 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

AVG Goals

1.7

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

3

Draw

1

Lost

6
L A

30-03-2018

Championship

Millwall Team Logo Millwall

FT 2 - 0

(HT 2 - 0)

L A

07-04-2018

Championship

Middlesbrough Team Logo Middlesbrough

FT 2 - 0

(HT 2 - 0)

L H

10-04-2018

Championship

Brentford Team Logo Brentford

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

14-04-2018

Championship

Ipswich Town Team Logo Ipswich Town

FT 2 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

L A

21-04-2018

Championship

Cardiff City Team Logo Cardiff City

FT 2 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

W H

24-04-2018

Championship

Barnsley Team Logo Barnsley

FT 3 - 0

(HT 2 - 0)

D H

28-04-2018

Championship

Bristol City Team Logo Bristol City

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

L A

06-05-2018

Championship

Bolton Wanderers Team Logo Bolton Wanderers

FT 3 - 2

(HT 0 - 0)

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)

Cardiff City Form Guide

Cardiff City Team Logo

Cardiff City

Won

5

Draw

2

Lost

3
D A

02-04-2018

Championship

Sheffield United Team Logo Sheffield United

FT 1 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

L H

06-04-2018

Championship

Wolverhampton Wanderers Team Logo Wolverhampton Wanderers

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

L A

10-04-2018

Championship

Aston Villa Team Logo Aston Villa

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W A

14-04-2018

Championship

Norwich City Team Logo Norwich City

FT 0 - 2

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

21-04-2018

Championship

Nottingham Forest Team Logo Nottingham Forest

FT 2 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

L A

24-04-2018

Championship

Derby County Team Logo Derby County

FT 3 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

W A

28-04-2018

Championship

Hull City Team Logo Hull City

FT 0 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

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)

Nottingham Forest Preview

Five victories from their last eight has seen Forest climb into the top third of the Championship table. This represents the start of a tricky spell with seven of their next nine against teams in the top-half. At the City Ground, it is four straight victories with nine goals netted and just one goal conceded. Five of their last eight at home have gone over 2.5 goals with two of the last five going over 3.5. Around 56 % of the goals the East Midlands side have scored have come in the second-half with 35% of them in the final 15 minutes. Five of their last six have seen one or both teams score in the final 15 minutes.

Nottingham Forest Team News

Chris Cohen and Danny Fox (both knee issues) are unlikely to play any part in this game.

Cardiff City Preview

It is two straight victories for the Bluebirds and three from their last four as they try to keep the pressure on Wolves at the top. They sat four points behind them going into the weekend though this is their highest ranked (8th) opponent in their next 13. Away from the Cardiff City Stadium, it has been a mixed bag with three victories, a draw and three defeats from their last seven. Three of their last five on the road have gone under 1.5 goals each one ending 1-0. Their defence has conceded just 13 goals this season which is the best defensive record in the league. Their attack has been decent also with 25 goals scored enough to put them in the top ten attacking sides.

Cardiff City Team News

Omar Bogle will miss out through suspension while Kenneth Zohore (ankle), Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (leg), Ashley Richards, Kadeem Harris (both ankle), Rhys Healey (cruciate) and Lee Camp (groin) are all expected to be out.

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

Cardiff City Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1.7

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 Cardiff City Sidelined Players

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Probably Lineup

No. Pos Player M kg
43 GK Jordan Smith 185 75
2 LB Eric Lichaj 180 79
42 CD Joe Worrall 191 64
6 RB Armand Traore 185 82
4 CD Michael Mancienne 184 74
24 CDM David Vaughan 171 70
11 CDM Ben Osborn 176 75
34 CM Tyler Walker 179 63
20 CM Kieran Dowell - -
10 CM Barry McKay 175 67
9 CF Daryl Murphy 191 88
No. Pos Player M kg
25 GK Neil Etheridge 191 89
5 LB Bruno Ecuele Manga 185 76
4 CD Sean Morrison 193 89
14 CD Souleymane Bamba 190 88
3 RB Joseph Bennett 177 74
18 LM Callum Paterson 183 76
21 CM Craig Bryson 170 60
8 CM Joe Ralls 183 63
33 RM Junior Hoilett 173 70
20 CM Loic Damour 181 81
9 CF Danny Ward 180 88