Nottingham Forest will host Preston North End in the 21st match-day of EFL Championship at the City Ground in Nottinghamshire.
Preston is placed 12th in the Championship table with 28 points in their bag, while Nottingham is positioned four places below the visitors.
In their last game, Preston defeated the Blackburn Rovers 3-2, in which Danial Johnson scored a brace before Callum Robinson added a late winner.
On the contrary, Nottingham’s good run of form came to an end this weekend as they lost against Derby County. An own goal from Nicklas Bentdner opened the scoring for Derby and further two goals from Tom Ince and Will Hughes condemned a 3-0 loss for Forest. Nottingham will be out to prove that the loss was just a blip in this game.
Coach Philippe Montanier was annoyed by the second half display by his team and suggested that his side was poor in different areas of the pitch.
Montanier told BBC the following.
“The first half was decent but the second half was very poor, technically, tactically and physically.
“When we play Derby we have to show another level, it’s a disappointment.
“We lacked everything, especially passion but technically too. We didn’t play as a unit.
“For me, I just can’t understand why we play such a poor second half.”
Meanwhile, Preston signed two new players this week on two-and-a-half-year contracts. The out-of-contract pair Andy Boyle and Daryl Horgan joined Preston from Irish champions Dundalk.
— Preston North End FC (@pnefc) December 12, 2016
On the new signings, the Preston manager told the club website the following.
“They helped Dundalk to three League of Ireland titles and the group stages of this season’s Europa League.
“Both players have had great seasons in their league and in Europe.
“They are young, hungry and looking to improve and will be excellent acquisitions for us.”
Team News: Nottingham Forest
Striker Britt Assombalonga and midfielder Henri Lansbury were the absentees in the 3-0 loss against Derby County with injuries. The duo is doubtful to play in this match as well.
— Nottingham Forest FC (@NFFC) December 12, 2016
Chris Cohen, Daniel Pinillos, and Matty Fryatt are all sidelined due to their respective injuries.
Nottingham Forest: Predicted Line-up (4-4-2)
Stojkovic – Mills, Perquis, Mancienne – Lichaj, Kasami, Lam, Osborn, Carayol – Cash – Bentdner
Team News: Preston
For Preston, Eoin Doyle and Jermaine Beckford are suspended after being sent off for fighting each other.
Aiden McGeady is sidelined with a groin injury while Paul Gallagher and John Welsh are currently nursing their calf injuries.
Preston: Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Maxwell – Baptiste, Clarke, Cunningham, Wright – Vermijl, Johnson, Pearson, Robinson – Makienok, Hugill
Nottingham Forest vs. Preston: Head-to-Head
Total games: 47
Nottingham Forest wins: 18
Preston wins: 15
Nottingham Forest vs. Preston: Prediction
Both teams are well matched at the moment. Preston won the last game, but they were winless in their previous three matches. On the other hand, Nottingham lost their last game, but they had won the three games before.
Preston and Nottingham both have lost some of their important players from this clash. So they are balanced in this aspect as well. We predicted a tie in this match.
Final Predicted Score: Nottingham Forest 1-1 Preston North End
Nottingham vs. Preston: Betting Tips and Odds
- Nottingham win: 5/4
- A draw: 12/5
- Preston win: 21/10
The odds were provided by Skybet.
Key Stats to consider
- Nottingham Forest has seen under 2.5 goals in their last four games against Preston.
- There have been over 2.5 goals scored in five of Preston’s last six outings (Championship).
- Nottingham has won three of their last four games.
- Preston has not kept a clean sheet in their last three games.
- Nottingham has not lost in their last six home games against Preston.
The Nottingham Forest vs. Preston stats were provided by Whoscored.
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