Nottingham Forest v Watford Preview

January 29, 2014 | By

Ladbrokes - £50 Free Bets for New Customers Registering an Account English Championship action Thursday Night comes from the City Ground featuring Nottingham Forest versus Watford.

View our Betting Preview, Tips, Predictions and Match Odds for the game that can be seen exclusively Live on Sky Sports 1 High Definition, with a scheduled 19:45pm (BST) Kick Off Time.

Nottingham Forest v Watford Preview, Championship, Thursday 30th January 2014

Nottingham Forest head into this game on an 11 match unbeaten run and with home advantage where they have lost just twice all season, the players and fans will no doubt be confident at seeing that run continue on thursday night, especially with their last home fixture in the league seeing them beat Blackburn Rovers 4-1.

Watford are having a very difficult season which is highlighted by the fact that their last victory away from home came way back on the 5th October last year and although at this point they are safely clear of the relegation zone, further defeats would see them quickly drop down the league trouble and fighting for survival.

Nottingham Forest v Watford Preview Team News

Nottingham Forest Team News:

Nottingham Forest manager has had to deal with a number of injury problems this season and will again be without the services of Dexter Blackstock who is recovering from a knee operation and Chris Cohen who is out with a cruciate ligament injury. Also missing will be Henri Lansbury who is suspended.

Watford Team News:

Watford boss Giuseppe Sannino has no reported injuries or suspension to contend with and will probably name the same side that nearly caused a huge shock victory over Premiership side Manchester City in the FA Cup over the weekend.

Nottingham Forest v Watford Preview Head to Head Statistics

Thursday night’s game from the City Ground will become the 36th meeting between the two clubs over the years of which Nottingham Forest have won 12 times (7 at the City Ground), Watford have won 10 times (5 at the City Ground) and there has been 13 draws (5 at the City Ground).

Recent meetings between the two clubs as seen in our head to head statistics table below shows Watford with a slight advantage having won 2 of the previous 5 matches played with Nottingham Forest having managed just the 1 victory and the other 2 games finishing all square.

25/08/13 CHA Watford – Nottingham Forest
1 : 1
26/01/13 CHA Nottingham Forest – Watford 0 : 3
22/12/12 CHA Watford – Nottingham Forest 2 : 0
11/02/12 CHA Nottingham Forest – Watford
1 : 1
24/09/11 CHA Watford – Nottingham Forest 0 : 1

Previous Average Goals Per Game Statistics

86 goals have been scored in the previous 35 games which provides us with an overall average goals per game statistic of 2.46 and with 46 goals having been scored in the 17 matches played at the City Ground between these two clubs we are provided with an average goals per game statistic of 2.70.

The average goals per game data listed above suggests that this game on thursday night should see at least a couple of goals scored.

Nottingham Forest v Watford Recent Form (Left to Right)

Nottingham Forest: D W D W D

Watford: D L W D L

Nottingham Forest have a slight advantage on the recent form statistics having managed to win 2 of their previous 5 matches played, compared to Watford who have managed just 1 victory from their last 5 games played.

Nottingham Forest v Watford Match Betting Odds Market.

Nottingham Forest are looking good for promotion to the Premiership if the can carry on putting in decent perfomances and a victory on thursday night is extremely important if they are to close the gap on Derby County above them, so no real surprise to see the online bookmakers making the hosts the clear favourites to win this game at a best price of 21/20 with BetVictor (£25 Free Bets for New Customers).

The Draw is currently a best price of 13/5 with Stan James (£10 Free Bets for New Customers) and it could be worth getting on as your main cover bet for this game as both sides will be desperate to pick up at least something in this game.

Watford are struggling this season and although their 4-2 defeat in the FA Cup against Premiership giants Manchester City was a much improved performance from the side, they still look like they need a couple more experienced players in their squad if they are to start making their way back up the Championship league table and for me their current best price of 3/1 with Betfred (£25 Free Bets for New Customers) pretty much reflects their chances.

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Nottingham Forest v Watford Match Predictions, Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets.

Nottingham Forest will certainly see this as a game they can win and with Watford having only managed three victories away from home this season, the hosts do look the more likely winners of this game.

However, Watford have remained unbeaten on the road in their previous seven matches and with their inspired performance against Manchester City over the weekend in the FA Cup, the confidence of the players will no doubt have been restored and they obviously have a chance of causing an upset on thursday night.

The goal statistics suggest this game to see at least a couple of goals scored and betting markets like Both Teams to Score YES and Total Match Goals 2 or 3 could both see some profit made, but I really like the Draw here and I think both clubs would be happy to settle for a point a piece here.

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