Nottingham Forest vs Aston Villa Predictions, Betting Tips & Preview
Forest and Villa both come into this fixture on the back of FA Cup shocks, although on the opposite side. Forest just stunned Arsenal whilst Villa were disappointing against League One Peterborough.
Game: Nottingham Forest vs Aston Villa
Venue: City Ground
Kick-off: Saturday, 13th January, 5.30pm
Nottingham Forest’s young guns showed there is plenty to come from them in their 4-2 victory against a relatively strong Arsenal side. Meanwhile, Aston Villa threw away a 1-0 lead to lose to League One visitors Peterborough a day earlier.
For the most part, Villa have been hard to beat all season long and after wins over Boro’ and Bristol City, it looked as if the Villains were approaching some of their best form of the season. Saturday was a setback, but Villa should field a stronger side here.
But Forest remains, perhaps, a touch undervalued. Villa have Premier League quality, but Forest have Premier League quality in the making. Villa have looked much more vulnerable on their travels and Forest, winners of nine of 14 at home, will be keen to impress new boss Aitor Karanka.
Nottingham Forest are outsiders at 9/4 with Sky Bet whilst the draw is available at 9/4 through Betfair. Aston Villa are favourites despite their patchy form on the road and they’re at best odds of 6/4 with Bet365.
Gary Brazil got the best out of his Forest youngsters with results against Leeds and Arsenal, and now the same group should be keen to impress their new boss. Villa have quietly arrived in fifth place without much mention and a sustained run of form could see them target second place, but the Villains have failed to win eight of their 13 away games.
Back our Free Betting Tip: Nottingham Forest 0AH at 11/10 with Bet365
Villa have failed to score just four times on their travels and have allowed two or more goals in all of their losses home and away this season. There are a number of factors that should contribute to Forest putting in a good shift and coming away with a result from this game.
Back our Score Prediction: Nottingham Forest 2-1 at 9/1 with Betfred
Forest’s talented youngsters Brereton and Dowell have accounted for five of Forest’s last seven goals and have 10 between them for the season. It’s Dowell who has been far more lethal and the young striker also finds himself in the mix for the set-piece and penalty duty. Dowell is a huge price for someone who has scored so regularly in big games.
Back our Scorer Prediction: Kieran Dowell at 4/1 with Bet365