Nottingham Forest vs Aston Villa: Reds buoyed by double boost
Odds: Forest 7/4, Draw 9/4, Villa 3/2
Kick Off: 1730, 13/01/2018
Stadium: City Ground
TV: Sky Sports
Nottingham Forest have had a big week and can keep the feelgood factor growing by beating Aston Villa at the City Ground.
The Reds enjoyed a thrilling 4-2 FA Cup win over Arsenal and then celebrated the arrival of new manager Aitor Karanka, who previously did well with Middlesbrough.
This is by no means an easy first test for the Spaniard, but all that positive energy and momentum makes 7/4 for a home win worth including in our Nottingham Forest vs Aston Villa betting predictions.
A Look At Nottingham Forest’s Betting Odds
Mark Warburton was dismissed on New Year’s Eve after a run of three defeats in four games for Forest, but academy coach Gary Brazil quickly steadied the ship with an encouraging 0-0 draw at Leeds.
Brazil was also in charge for the cup win over Arsenal, with Eric Lichaj scoring twice before penalties from Ben Brereton and Kieran Dowell.
“I’m very proud of the players and I think the senior lads led by example,” said the 55-year-old. “The young players handled the occasion well too and I am very pleased with the group as a whole.”
Former Real Madrid assistant Karanka is respected for putting out teams that are well organised and hard to break down, traits which should help Forest to kick on.
The hosts won the corresponding fixture 2-1 last season and 19/2 for a repeat of that scoreline stands out from the Nottingham Forest vs Aston Villa odds.
A Look At Aston Villa’s Betting Odds
Steve Bruce paid the price for making 10 changes to Aston Villa’s starting line-up for their 3-1 FA Cup loss at home to Peterborough, with four 19-year-olds brought in.
The only positive for Villa was the return of John Terry after missing 10 games with a broken foot, but the veteran defender couldn’t stop Posh from netting three times in the last 15 minutes.
Prior to that setback, the midlands outfit had moved up to fifth place in the Championship table, nine spots and 12 points above Forest, thanks to back-to-back wins over Middlesbrough and Bristol City.
Villa’s away form has been patchy, though, and they did lose at Derby and Brentford in December.
The visitors have plenty of experience, but those old legs can be overrun on occasions, so we like 15/4 for a home win and more than 2.5 goals in the game for our Nottingham Forest vs Aston Villa betting tips.
NOTTINGHAM FOREST 4-2 Arsenal – Eric Lichaj (2), Ben Brereton (pen), Kieran Dowell (pen)
ASTON VILLA 1-3 Peterborough – Keinan Davis
Head-to-head: Villa 2-1 Forest, Forest 2-1 Villa, Villa 2-2 Forest
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