Nottingham Forest v Southampton latest odds, news and free bets

Nottingham Forest will not be reaching the play-offs this season. Perhaps the Midlands club should have retained the services of Billy Davies, although the appointment of Steve McClaren was not particularly effective and Steve Cotterill is yet to have the desired impact either

The Tricky Trees are stationed in the bottom three after 25 games and they welcome the league leaders to the City Ground on Saturday. At the start of the season, they would have been favourites to claim victory, although you can back Forest at odds of 21/10 (Ladbrokes – £50 free bets) such is their current plight.

There has been a real problem when it has come to scoring goals this season, with Forest failing to find the net in seven games before a 3-1 win at Ipswich. However, another blank was fired in Saturday’s FA Cup match against Leicester.

Perhaps we should expect a low-scoring encounter in this match considering the Saints will be missing the suspended Rickie Lambert and Southampton’s early season form has deserted them in recent weeks, even if they did win at Coventry in the FA Cup last weekend.

Nigel Adkins’ side did have a cushion at the top of the table, although just goal difference keeps them above West Ham United and they have only won three of their twelve games on the road. Bet365 (£200 free betting) offer 7/5 that the visitors claim a maximum haul which will leave Forest right in the mire.

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