Preston North End vs Nottingham Forest Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview

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Preston North End vs Nottingham Forest Match Prediction

By Richard McTiernan

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

Preston made it three straight victories as they defeated Sheffield United 1-0 at Deepdale last time out. The Lillywhites had a 58th minute Jordan Hugill goal to thank in a game that the expected goals data suggests probably should have ended drawn. Nottingham Forest suffered a third defeat from their last four as they went down 2-1 to Bristol City. They were two down at half-time but a Kieran Dowell goal just after the break gave them hope but they could no further way through. The two meetings between these sides last season ended in draws and both by the same 1-1 scoreline. It marks a low scoring trend in head-to-heads with none of the last six going over 2.5 goals.

Betting Tips and Predictions

Preston are the form side and are on a good run at their own ground while Forest are poor travellers but I still cannot help but side with the visitors. I don’t see a ton of difference between these two come the end of the season so even allowing for home advantage the visitors look overpriced and I will take them along with the draw in the double chance market. Nine of the last 12 goals in North-End games have been netted in the second-half and with Forest also scoring more in the second 45 minutes it makes sense then to take this to be the highest scoring period.

Forest and draw double chance

Second-half to be the highest scoring 45 minutes

Preston North End saw over 1.5 goals in 7 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 against Preston North End

AVG Goals

0.9

BTTS

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

Over 1.5 1H Goals

Over 1.5 2H Goals

Preston North End Form Guide

Preston North End Team Logo

Preston North End

Won

5

Draw

1

Lost

4
L H

10-03-2018

Championship

Fulham Team Logo Fulham

FT 1 - 2

(HT 0 - 0)

W A

17-03-2018

Championship

Sunderland Team Logo Sunderland

FT 0 - 2

(HT 0 - 0)

L A

30-03-2018

Championship

Sheffield Wednesday Team Logo Sheffield Wednesday

FT 4 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

L H

02-04-2018

Championship

Derby County Team Logo Derby County

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

L A

07-04-2018

Championship

Reading Team Logo Reading

FT 1 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

W H

10-04-2018

Championship

Leeds United Team Logo Leeds United

FT 3 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

W A

14-04-2018

Championship

Queens Park Rangers Team Logo Queens Park Rangers

FT 1 - 2

(HT 1 - 1)

D H

21-04-2018

Championship

Norwich City Team Logo Norwich City

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W A

28-04-2018

Championship

Sheffield United Team Logo Sheffield United

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

06-05-2018

Championship

Burton Albion Team Logo Burton Albion

FT 2 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

Nottingham Forest Form Guide

Nottingham Forest Team Logo

Nottingham Forest

Won

2

Draw

3

Lost

5
D H

11-03-2018

Championship

Derby County Team Logo Derby County

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

D A

17-03-2018

Championship

Sheffield United Team Logo Sheffield United

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

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)

Preston North End Preview

It is now three straight victories for North-End and no defeat in six a run of form that has moved them up into ninth in the table. This is one of three holiday fixtures against a side in the top-half with the other match coming away to a struggling Barnsley outfit. At Deepdale, it is two victories in a row and three games without defeat with these three fixtures producing a total of two goals. None of their last four in front of their own fans and just two of the last seven have seen both teams find the back of the net. Four of the last six Preston have played have gone under 2.5 goals and none of the last nine have gone over 3.5. Nine of the last 12 goals in their games have come in the second-half with six of the last ten coming in the final 20 minutes.

Preston North End Team News

Darnell Fisher (unknown) and Calum Woods (hamstring) are doubts while Josh Earl, Tommy Spurr (both knee), Greg Cunningham and Sean Maguire (both hamstring) are long-term absentees.

Nottingham Forest Preview

It is now three defeats in their last four for Forest though they still are in the top-half and sat 11th going into this round of fixtures. They face two top-half sides and two bottom-half sides in a reasonable set of Christmas matches. Away from the City Ground, they have now lost four straight conceding ten in these games and netting just four times. Both teams to score has happened in four of their last five on the road in the league and six of eight in all competitions. Kieran Dowell has scored in two of his last three and has six in his last nine for Nottingham Forest. Around 53% of their goals have come in the second-half with 31% in the final 15 minutes.

Nottingham Forest Team News

Tendayi Darikwa, Jack Hobbs (both unknown), Chris Cohen and Danny Fox (both knee problems) are doubts

Preston North End Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1.2

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

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

Preston North End vs Nottingham Forest Sidelined Players

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Probably Lineup

No. Pos Player M kg
22 GK Chris Maxwell 183 73
25 RB Kevin O'Connor - -
20 CD Ben Davies 183 80
5 LB Tom Clarke 180 77
23 CD Paul Huntington 191 80
37 CM Callum Robinson 178 75
8 CM Alan Browne 173 71
29 CM Tom Barkhuizen 175 70
12 CDM Paul Gallagher 183 79
4 CDM Ben Pearson 166 71
9 CF Jordan Hugill 183 64
No. Pos Player M kg
43 GK Jordan Smith 185 75
4 CD Michael Mancienne 184 74
2 LB Eric Lichaj 180 79
42 CD Joe Worrall 191 64
11 RB Ben Osborn 176 75
20 CM Kieran Dowell - -
18 CM Mustapha Carayol 177 75
24 CDM David Vaughan 171 70
7 CDM Liam Bridcutt 175 73
17 CM Ben Brereton - -
9 CF Daryl Murphy 191 88