Theyve played more games than the teams around them, but they sit five points shy of the playoff spots. The fact that hes brought Roy Keane over makes it seem like less of a clean break from that poor finish and more of a continuation of Irelands poor football and bad results. Theres a real uphill battle for ONeill, who hasnt got a huge amount of credit to his name right now after the last few months of his spell with the Republic of Ireland. The hosts were beaten 2-0 at Birmingham last weekend, leaving them marginally inside the top half.
They are currently 12th in the league, just five points outside the top six but have won only twice since the start of December. And they have also just changed manager with former player Martin O'Neill taking the helm. Nottingham Forest are on the edge of the Play-Off race in the Sky Bet Championship, having dropped down the table in recent weeks.
Nottingham Forest are regarded as one of the greatest English clubs as they won the European Cup on two occasions. They have been playing their home games at the City Ground since 1898 and the capacity of the stadium is 30,445. In 1979 Forest outplayed Malmo (1-0) at the Olympiastadion in Munich in the final of the elite competition, with the team beating Hamburg in 1980 in the title game at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu (1-0). Nottingham Forest, the club that are often referred to as Forest, were formed in 1865.
Over 2.5 goals looks a bet here as the last three Brentford league matches have gone not just over that margin but over 3.5. Forest have seen a total of 11 goals from their last three league fixtures at their own place. Both teams have scored over 60% of their goals after the break so try a little interest on over 1.5 goals in the second-half alone.
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O'Neill was part of the Forest team that won the league title in 1978 and then consecutive European Cup titles in the following years. The Northern Ireland international also played for Manchester City and Norwich City, among others. Martin O'Neill was named Forest boss on 15 January, a few months after leaving his role in charge of the Republic of Ireland national team.
The team has won only one match out of the last overall five played this season with goals conceded. Nottingham have hopes of getting in the promotion play off but their form of the last five played matches across all competitions simply suggests that their goals are bound somewhere and wont be achieved. They hence need to repair their defense so as to prevent goals flowing to their net in every match they play.
The Bees have been scoring goals for fun in 2019 and, as a result, they escaped the relegation zone in the Championship standings. Brentford will be aiming to build on a thrilling 5-2 win over Blackburn Rovers when they take on Nottingham Forest at the City Ground Stadium. In each of their last two meetings in the Championship Brentford emerged triumphant, which is yet another reason why we are tempted to put our money on the away team. Brentford are likely to stick to their attacking style of play against Nottingham Forest and seeing that the Reds suffered three defeats in previous four league fixtures, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the Bees. A man to watch in the away team will be Neal Maupay, who scored his 17th goal of the season in the 5-2 victory over the Riversiders.
The visitors are in fantastic form, with an unbeaten run which dates back to before Christmas. They have taken themselves into the last 16 of the FA Cup in their fantastic start to the New Year, and the Bees can look forward to a winnable meeting with Swansea in the next round. After winning five of their last six games, theyve come into this clash as the favourites for the points, but they arent exactly a fantastic side on the road.
The last five games in a row that involved the Bees had goals by both teams. And, every single one of them had four or more goals. Also, three of the last four h2h ties saw both teams getting on the scorecard. The players will surely score goals but will concede as well. Expect another nail-biting, end-to-end, set of ninety minutes this Saturday, with both squads finding the net at least once in the first forty-five. Thomas Franks men play such an exciting game of football, that defense at either end is regularly and strenuously tested without mercy.