At the start of the campaign, not many Nottingham Forest fans would have predicted eating their turkey butties in the Championship relegation zone.
So, taking the lead from someone else dressed in red and white, they’d better start delivering the goods.
After play-off disappointment last season, this was supposed to be the year that Forest made a decent fist of getting back into the Premier League.
Dutchman Schteve McClaren was tasked with taking the two-time European Cup winners out of English football’s second tier, but after a disastrous couple of months, the Tricky Trees are closer to going the other way.
After a brief renaissance when Steves were swapped – McClaren for Cotterill – things seemed to be getting back on track. Cotterill’s first dozen games in charge produced four wins, but since then it’s gone horribly awry.
So far December has been a month of woe. Forest have picked up just one point from 15 and have failed to score in any of those outings, so there won’t be much value or sense in backing them for the win at 22/25 in bwin’s 3Way football betting market.
It’s not as if the City Ground is much of a fortress either. Forest have won only three and lost six of their 11 on home turf this season, although two of those wins have come in the last four.
For Monday’s opponents Peterborough, things are going about as well as expected after promotion from League One. Sitting inoffensively in 15th, the Posh look well capable of extending their stay in the division for another year on the basis of being less bad than plenty of the other sides.
Darren Ferguson’s men have only won one of their last six but they’ve also drawn three, meaning the draw could be worth a look at 13/5, with the Peterborough win a lengthy 27/10.
However, I reckon Forest, with the bulk of the squad who got to the play-offs last year, should still have enough quality to see off a side punching well above their weight.
Forest haven’t been scoring many but they’ll be aided by one of the most generous defences in the league, so get on Forest to edge this one with over 2.5 goals at 7/4.
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