Nottingham Forest have not had a start to remember and their 5-1 defeat against Burnley at Turf Moor on Tuesday night sent shock waves through the club.
Chairman Nigel Doughty did come out in the week to give his backing to Steve McClaren, who has blamed “off-field squabbling” for their terrible form, but only results will save his job, and he needs to pick up points.
Beating Birmingham at home is a must, especially since the Blues have such a poor away record and have endured a long trip back after Thursday’s Group H game against Maribor in the Europa League.
Forest are 9/10 to win the game, which offers value for a team that finished sixth in the table last year and only just lost to Swansea in the playoffs.
Birmingham could easily pull off a result though as they are well organised under Chris Hughton and Forest are planning to make “drastic changes to the team”, according to McClaren, which could easily backfire. The draw is priced at 47/20 and a City victory is 57/20.
The Blues have three losses and a draw away from St Andrews, while Forest have lost twice and drawn twice at the City Ground.
Birmingham do have the Premier League pedigree and possess forwards who have been hitting the net. Kiwi Chris Wood has scored six goals in all competitions and Adam Rooney has two goals to his name.
Something to bear in mind is that it has been 32 league games since Birmingham City have had a no score draw, and with odds of both teams scoring being 31/50, a successful £25 free bet – available to new customers who sign up for a bwin account – on this outcome would return £40.50
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