This weekend sees Brighton host Nottingham Forest at the AMEX Stadium for the very first time as they finally lock horns in the Championship again after seven seasons in different divisions.
The home side are living the high-life in seventh place following their rise from League One, while Forest have been a shadow of the side which became accustomed to challenging for promotion during the Billy Davies era and are currently languishing in 22nd.
With that already in mind, Brighton are the favourites, and deservedly so, in bwin’s 3way football betting market at 6/5.
Punters can bank on Forest to pull themselves out of the mire and get a win at odds of 11/5, with the draw also available at the same price.
It’s fair to say that Brighton have taken to life in the Championship like a duck to water.
Interestingly, the Seagulls managed to convert half-time leads into victories in [their past two home] matches, so backing them to repeat the trick against Forest must be worth a punt at 5/2.
Even after stumbling a little following their terrific start, they are still only outside the play-offs on goal difference and have settled in nicely to their new surroundings.
With 14 goals scored at the AMEX and only failing to hit the back of the net on two occasions, they have worked manfully to demonstrate their A-game to the Brighton faithful, especially in beating Coventry and Barnsley in their past two home games.
Interestingly, the Seagulls managed to convert half-time leads into victories in both of those matches, so backing them to repeat the trick against Forest must be worth a punt at 5/2.
Since Steve Cotterill’s appointment at the City Ground, Forest have been in inconsistent form and hardly prowling up the table, as some observers expected following the departure of Steve McClaren.
Away from home, they have only managed seven goals and conceded 16. Their last four games in the Championship have seen them let in ten goals, so over 3.5 goals to be scored at 11/5 looks decent in a match which should see plenty of chances created at either end.
With no great history to draw on for a scoreline bet, you can only go on the attacking instincts of both teams as an indicator.
If pushed, I would suggest a small play on Brighton to walk away with a 3-1 victory, which is priced at tempting odds of 31/2.
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