Kick-off: 1945, 07/08/2018
Stadium: City Ground
TV: Sky Sports
Nottingham Forest have spent big in a bid to end their 20-year absence from the Premier League and can make a statement of intent by beating newly-relegated West Brom.
Forest kicked off the Championship campaign with a rock-solid draw at Bristol City, whereas Albion suffered a surprise defeat at home to a Bolton team expected to struggle this season.
We’re happy to take 13/10 for a home win as our first Nottingham Forest vs West Brom prediction.
A Look At Nottingham Forest’s Betting Odds
Forest’s early lethargy allowed Bristol City to take a fifth-minute lead at Ashton Gate but Aitor Karanka’s furious half-time team talk inspired a fightback.
Daryl Murphy headed in Adlene Guedioura’s cross straight after the break and substitute Joe Lolley almost won it for the visitors four minutes from time, only for Niki Maenpaa to save.
Karanka said: “We had almost a perfect pre-season, with no injuries, and suddenly the season in a very tough league started with my players not knowing how difficult it would be.
“The way we went onto the pitch at the start was very different to the way Bristol went onto it. In the second half, the opposite applied and in the end it was a fair score.
“We showed that when we have the right attitude, we are a very good team with a lot of quality players to do good things.”
New recruits such as Costel Pantilimon, Joao Carvalho, Diogo Goncalves and Lewis Grabban all contributed over the weekend and could make Forest a formidable force at this level.
A Look At West Bromwich Albion’s Betting Odds
West Brom finished with a flurry under Darren Moore last term, beating Manchester United, Newcastle and Tottenham, as well as drawing with Liverpool in their last five top-flight matches.
However, they lost strong figures such as Ben Foster, Gareth McAuley and Jonny Evans over the summer and were given a wake-up call when beaten 2-1 by Bolton at The Hawthorns on Saturday.
Josh Magennis’ opener was cancelled out on the stroke of half-time by Albion midfielder Harvey Barnes, but Yanic Wildschut grabbed a late winner for Wanderers.
It was a tough introduction to life in the Championship for rookie manager Moore, who said: “This division is horses for courses. There are a lot of bumps and turns on this road.
“It all about the knowhow. We got in good positions, what we have to do is work on the finer details in those positions”
The Baggies did have plenty of possession and Ahmed Hegazy headed against the bar in the dying stages, so they do look capable of getting on the scoresheet.
However, we still prefer 4/1 for a home win and both teams to score for our Nottingham Forest vs West Brom betting tips.
Bristol City 1-1 FOREST – Daryl Murphy
WEST BROM 1-2 Bolton – Harvey Barnes
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