Nottingham Forest’s latest defeat came at the hands of Coventry City on Saturday, with new manager Steve Cotterill surveying the match from the stand at the Ricoh Arena and the 47-year-old must now quickly change fortunes at the City Ground if the Tricky Trees are to avoid a return to League One.
Despite two successive top six finishes, the aim must surely be to make sure Forest stay in the league after a woeful start which has seen the team lose at home to a 10-man Derby side not to mention being roundly trounced at Burnley. We can expect a battling backs-to-the-wall kind of display on Tuesday and Ladbrokes (£50 free bets) offer 17/10 that the Midlands side win their first home match of the season.
On paper, the team is reasonably good, especially with Lewis McGugan capable of excellent from an attacking midfield position. It was his goals that helped Forest into the play-off places last term and he is 8/1 (bet365 – £200 free betting) to open the scoring against a Middlesbrough side who have been successful on the road so far this season.
While Tony Mowbray’s team stutter at the Riverside, it is a different story away from home, where the north-east side have won four and drawn one of their five away matches. Boro will be looking to take advantage of brittle confidence from within the home ranks and Victor Chandler offer a tempting 7/4 that the visitors land a fifth away win of the campaign.
It should be noted that Middlesbrough are yet to lose a match this season and that does make them a tempting bet at 10/11 on the Draw No Bet market, especially with Forest’s new manager needing more time than a couple of days to make an impact.