Saturday evening’s Championship fixture sees the meeting of two managers who have struggled somewhat in the opening weeks of the season with their respective clubs.
Sean Dyche has made a stuttering start to his managerial career, recording just the one win since being promoted from the assistant manager’s position following the departure of Malky Mackay.
The Hornets are, however, unbeaten in four league games, having shared the spoils three times along with that sole victory away to Reading. They, along with Millwall, are the league’s draw specialists with four from their opening seven games, a statistic that sees them in a slightly more comfortable position than their opponents at the weekend.
Nottingham Forest’s woes continued last time out in the league. After taking an early lead against their east midlands rivals Derby County, the Reds ended up losing 2-1, heaping even more pressure on manager Steve McClaren.
But they did restore some pride in their midweek Carling Cup clash with Newcastle United.
Having gone behind three times, Forest were denied in the last minute of extra time, eventually losing 4-3 in a thrilling encounter at the City Ground.
Though Forest will be disappointed at crashing out in such a dramatic fashion, they will be more than happy to concentrate fully on climbing the Championship table, starting with Saturday’s trip down south.
Last season’s corresponding fixture finished one a piece, and at 19/4, it looks tempting for history to repeat itself given both sides’ struggles to pick up wins.
And with just seven goals recorded apiece in the league so far this season, a high-scoring draw is unlikely.
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Alternatively, they could put money on Forest to win the second half at 21/10 given Watford’s alarming tendency to leak late goals.
The Hornets have let in four goals in the final 15 minutes of league games and have conceded seven of their ten goals in the second half, making them particularly vulnerable after the break.
If Forest are going to score, they are therefore far more likely to do so after the interval.
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