Cardiff currently side sit third in the Championship table and will be confident of victory at home against 17th placed Forest.
The home side are unbeaten in seven matches and are nicely poised just three points off the automatic promotion places. They are 21/20 (Victor Chandler – £75 free bets) to win this one and that looks about right for a side that has lost just once in the league at home.
Forest have had a turbulent season but have picked up recently, winning four of their last six in the Championship. Their last game was a morale-boosting victory over Ipswich in which they scored twice late on to snatch the points and move away from the bottom of the table. Their odds to win this one are 10/3 (Stan James – £150 free betting) but before you go piling in consider that they have lost two of their last three on the road, including a 3-0 hammering earlier this month at lowly Portsmouth.
Their main problems have been at the back, with them conceding 1.88 goals per game on average when playing away from the City Ground. Against a Cardiff side that can be rampant at times they could be in big trouble and over 2.5 goals looks good at 10/11 (William Hill).
Bluebirds manager Malky Mackay has tried to calm fans’ expectations but with the team playing well at both ends of the pitch he may have a tough task. They score goals from all over the pitch but leading scorer Peter Whittingham, who has scored in four successive games, looks a good bet at 13/5 (Paddy Power) to score anytime.
The midfielder, rumoured to be attracting the attention of one or two Premier League clubs, has also created six goals this term and Steve Cotterill’s side will have to stop him dominating the middle of the park if they are to take any points away from the Cardiff City Stadium.