Nottingham Forest playing host to Ipswich pits two of the most inconsistent sides in the Championship together, but one consistent trend they share is their poor first-half records.
Between them they have only managed to score 12 times in the first 45 minutes of their games, compared to 24 times in the second half, showing a clear deficiency between their performances in the two halves of the game.
If you then throw in the fact that Steve Cotterill’s Forest and out-of-form Ipswich have the joint second worse defences (27 goals apiece) in the Championship, it all adds up to the prospect of a very lively second 45 minutes on Saturday afternoon.
You can find odds of 23/20 on more goals being scored in the second half of the fixture than in the first.
Although both sides have fared better in the second period of their matches, it is the Tractor Boys who have enjoyed more success after the half-time oranges.
If the league table was based solely on the performances in the second 45 minutes of games then Paul Jewell’s Ipswich would find themselves in seventh place, four points better off than they are in reality.
Ipswich may have lost three games on the bounce, but if they can stay level with their opponents until the break you have to fancy their chances of overpowering The Reds defence as the game goes on. They are priced at 31/4 to come away with the win after drawing at half-time.
Despite this, you can’t rule out the home side in this game completely. Although still being poor in comparison to the rest of the league, Forest’s half-time record is slightly superior to their visitors’ this weekend.
This, coupled with the fact that Forest won both encounters with Ipswich last season thanks to first-half goals, suggests that this is an opportunity for them to win for only the third time this season having led at half-time.
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