Kick-off: 1730, 25/08/2018
Stadium: City Ground
TV: Sky Sports
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What Trueform says for Nottingham Forest vs Birmingham
Nottingham Forest have yet to taste defeat in the Championship this season and look in better shape than Birmingham at this early stage.
The Blues have failed to score a goal since an opening 2-2 draw with Norwich and that has seen their Trueform ratings slump.
We reckon 3/4 for a home win is hard to oppose as our first Nottingham Forest vs Birmingham prediction.
A Look At Nottingham Forest’s Betting Odds
Forest followed up a decent 1-0 defeat of Reading by showing great spirit in a 2-2 draw at Wigan, where they twice came from behind.
Matty Cash provided the first equaliser after 10 minutes, before the visitors levelled right at the death in dramatic circumstances.
Cash got round Antonee Robinson before being clipped in the area by Sam Morsy for a clear penalty.
Lewis Grabban’s spot-kick was kept out by Christian Walton, but substitute Hillal Soudani slotted home the rebound from close range.
Aitor Karanka acknowledged his side had not played anywhere near their best, but was pleased with the fighting qualities they showed.
He said: “The positive thing is we are still unbeaten, we are creating a lot of opportunities and we’ve managed to keep the momentum in the camp.
“My players have proved once again they will fight until the end to get the goal, and they deserve credit for that.”
A Look At Birmingham City’s Betting Odds
Birmingham looked the better team in a goalless draw with Swansea and again had plenty of possession at Bolton in midweek, but the lack of a cutting edge saw them lose 1-0.
Garry Monk was unhappy with Will Buckley’s 73rd-minute winner for Wanderers, claiming there was a handball involved.
The manager also stated: “In terms of the performance, we are doing so much right. For 70 minutes we dominated the game and never looked in danger defensively.
“We created four of five really good opportunities, but the danger is that if you don’t take those chances, it can cost you.”
The Blues were the joint-lowest scorers in this division last season and do not appear to have addressed that problem.
Let’s add 23/4 for a 1-0 home win to our Nottingham Forest vs Birmingham betting tips.
Wigan 2-2 NOTTINGHAM FOREST – Matthew Cash, Hillel Soudani
Bolton 1-0 BIRMINGHAM
Head-to-head: Forest 2-1 Birmingham, Birmingham 1-0 Forest, Birmingham 0-0 Forest, Forest 3-1 Birmingham, Forest 1-1 Birmingham, Birmingham 0-1 Forest
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