Kick-off: 1730, 03/08/2019
Stadium: City Ground
TV: Sky Sports
Nottingham Forest and West Brom drew both of their encounters in the Championship last term and are hard to split again at the City Ground.
Albion are a shorter price for promotion after being unlucky losers in the play-offs, but the Reds’ strong home record evens things up ahead of this season opener.
We reckon 11/5 for another stalemate is the way to go with our initial Nottingham Forest vs West Brom prediction.
A Look At Nottingham Forest’s Betting Odds
Forest finished a respectable ninth last season, recovering from four straight losses in April to close with a hat-trick of victories.
However, that wasn’t enough to satisfy ambitious owners, who parted company with Aitor Karanka in January and then sacked Martin O’Neill after just over five months in charge.
Former Ivory Coast and Rennes boss Sabri Lamouchi immediately became the club’s 13th permanent manager in just over eight years.
Evangelos Marinakis is determined to get Forest back in the top flight for the first time since 1999 and declared: “Promotion is our target.”
The Greek shipping giant, who also owns Olympiacos, has funded the arrival of Tiago Silva, Yuri Ribeiro, Alfa Semedo, Arijanet Muric and Albert Adomah to aid that quest.
A tally of 13 home wins last term was well above average and they will again hope to make the City Ground a fortress.
This is a tough start, though, and 15/4 for the scores to be level at half-time and full-time appeals from the Nottingham Forest vs West Brom odds.
A Look At West Bromwich Albion’s Betting Odds
West Brom’s bid for a quick return to the top flight ended in heart-breaking fashion, as they were beaten on penalties by Midlands rivals Aston Villa in the play-offs.
The Baggies had finished the regular season in fourth place, 14 points above Forest, picking up a healthy total of 11 wins on the road.
Albion’s board still opted to dismiss Darren Moore and replace him with ex-West Ham head coach Slaven Bilic after Jimmy Shan finished the season as caretaker manager.
Craig Dawson, Jay Rodriguez and Salomon Rondon have departed for good, but Kenneth Zohore, Semi Ajayi, Darnell Furlong and the returning Romaine Sawyers all look solid recruits at this level.
Being without injured Egypt centre-back Ahmed Hegazi for the first few games is a blow, though, and he will be missed in a match like this.
It was 2-2 when these teams last met in February and 25/2 for a repeat of that scoreline is added to our Nottingham Forest vs West Brom betting tips.
FOREST 1-0 Bolton – Joe Lolley
WEST BROM 1-0 Aston Villa – Craig Dawson
Head-to-head: West Brom 2-2 Forest, Forest 1-1 West Brom
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