It’s all to play for by the River Trent this Saturday as a Nottingham Forest side still in danger of relegation host fifth-placed Blackpool, who will be hoping to move one step closer to cementing a play-off position.
Victory for the home side could, depending on Coventry City’s result at Burnley, secure the Reds’ Championship status for next season.
Steve Cotterill’s men have lost just once in the last six games and beat fellow strugglers Peterborough United 1-0 at London Road last time out.
They do, however, have the worst home record in the division, having amassed just 19 points from a possible 63 in front of their home fans.
Despite that unenviable statistic, the Reds do go into this game as favourites, and are priced at 27/20 for the win in bwin’s 3Way football betting market. The draw is 23/10, while the visitors are 37/20.
Like their latest opponents, Blackpool have won three, drawn two and lost just once in the last six and the Tangerines currently have a four-point cushion over seventh-placed Brighton and Hove Albion.
They have an impressive recent record against Forest, beating them four times in their promotion-winning campaign two years ago.
However, the reverse fixture this season saw the Reds run out 2-1 winners at Bloomfield Road back in October in Cotterill’s second successive win after replaced Steve McClaren as manager.
With both sides desperate for the points, there’s every chance there will be goals here, especially when you consider that only league leaders Southampton have scored more than Blackpool this term.
You can get odds of 9/2 for the net to be hit five or more times, meaning punters who use their free £25 bet for joining bwin.com will see a return of £125 if they correctly back a goalfest.
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