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

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Venue: City Ground, Nottingham

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Nottingham Forest vs Stoke City Match Prediction

By Richard McTiernan

This Saturday afternoon (15:00) fixture features two sides in the top third of the six-game form table. Here we have our match preview with all the best predictions, betting tips and match stats.

Nottingham Forest stretched their unbeaten run to three with a 1-0 home victory over high-flying Sheffield United. A Lewis Grabban goal (his fifth in the last five) provide to be the difference between the two sides.

Stoke are also unbeaten in three following a goalless draw at home to Middlesbrough last weekend. It was a game low on quality and chances and the result was probably a fair reflection.

These two sides met at the City Ground in the League Cup at the end of September and the hosts won that day 3-2. Before that you have to go back to the 2004/05 season for their last league clash so it is hard to read much into these meetings.

 

Betting Tips and Predictions

Bookmakers are struggling to split the pair and we should use that as our guide and back the game to end a draw. Forest just beat Sheffield United but the expected goals data suggested little between them and it could have easily been the ninth draw of their season. Stoke meanwhile have drawn three of their last five on the road while the two they have won have been by a single goal and could quite easily have finished all-square.

The Potters have managed to net at least once in every fixture they have played on their travels this season while Lewis Grabban is in such good goalscoring form a score draw looks a real option. Back both teams to score and the game to end in a draw which covers a number of correct score options.

 

Draw in this fixture

Both teams to score and draw in this fixture

 

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

Nottingham Forest have not conceded a goal in 63% of their last 8 games played against Stoke City

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

AVG Goals

0.7

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

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)

Stoke City Form Guide

Stoke City Team Logo

Stoke City

Won

1

Draw

4

Lost

5
D A

05-01-2019

FA Cup

Shrewsbury Town Team Logo Shrewsbury Town

FT 1 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

L A

12-01-2019

Championship

Brentford Team Logo Brentford

FT 3 - 1

(HT 2 - 1)

L H

15-01-2019

FA Cup

Shrewsbury Town Team Logo Shrewsbury Town

FT 2 - 3

(HT 2 - 0)

W H

19-01-2019

Championship

Leeds United Team Logo Leeds United

FT 2 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

L H

26-01-2019

Championship

Preston North End Team Logo Preston North End

FT 0 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

L A

02-02-2019

Championship

Hull City Team Logo Hull City

FT 2 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

L H

09-02-2019

Championship

West Bromwich Albion Team Logo West Bromwich Albion

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

D A

13-02-2019

Championship

Wigan Athletic Team Logo Wigan Athletic

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

D A

16-02-2019

Championship

Ipswich Town Team Logo Ipswich Town

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

D H

23-02-2019

Championship

Aston Villa Team Logo Aston Villa

FT 1 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

Nottingham Forest Preview

The Tricky Trees are three without defeat and have lost just one of their last ten in the league and this came against red-hot Norwich. They sit in sixth place in the table though the expected goals data feels this is lucky and has them as low as 15th.

At the City Ground, they have won three of their last five matches and lost just once this season. Four of the last six the East Midlands outfit have played in front of their own fans have gone over 2.5 goals and seen both teams score.

Just 11 of the 39 goals that Nottingham Forest have been involved with this campaign have come in the first-half. This is reduced to just four goals when looking at goals netted in the opening 45 minutes at their place.

 

Nottingham Forest Team News

Daryl Murphy (virus), Hilel Soudani (knee) Danny Fox (knock) and Juan Rafael Fuentes (also knee) are doubts while Sam Byram (ankle) is a long-term absentee. Jack Colback is available after his suspension.

Stoke City Preview

After a tough start to the season a run of three unbeaten and just one defeat in seven has given the Potters new belief. They sit 15th in the table but just five behind the play-offs while the expected goals data table feels they should be 12th.

Away from the Bet365 Stadium, they are doing well going five without defeat with three of these finishing all-square. The Staffordshire outfit have found the net at least once in each of their last eight on the road.

Stoke would be as high as seventh if the table was settled on scores after 45 minutes going in behind on just five occasions. Just eight of the 19 goals they have netted have come in the opening half.

 

Stoke City Team News

Tom Ince (hernia), Thibaud Verlinden (unknown) are doubts while Mame Biram Diouf (hamstring) and Ibrahim Afellay (knee) are long-term absentees.

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

Stoke City Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

0.8

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 Stoke 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
3 CD Tobias Figueiredo 182 60
20 CD Michael Dawson 188 76
27 LB Tendayi Darikwa 188 77
5 CDM Adlene Guedioura 186 81
6 CDM Jack Colback 176 72
14 CM Matty Cash 185 64
23 CM Joe Lolley 178 71
10 CM Joao Carvalho 172 -
7 CF Lewis Grabban 183 71
No. Pos Player M kg
1 GK Jack Butland 196 95
15 RB Bruno Martins Indi 185 76
17 CD Ryan Shawcross 191 76
5 CD Ashley Williams 183 77
30 LB Thomas Edwards 175 76
4 CM Joe Allen 168 62
38 CDM Ryan Woods 173 64
8 CM Oghenekaro Etebo 174 74
11 LM James McClean 180 70
18 RM Mame Biram Diouf 185 81
9 CF Benik Afobe 183 79