Nottingham Forest v Swansea City Match Preview
As the Championship season starts to come to a close, the race for the final play off place is closer than ever. Whilst Swansea might just be too far out of the race, Nottingham Forest are right in the middle of it and will be desperate for 3 points on Saturday. Both sides have had indifferent form recently. Forest have dropped out of the playoffs, and Swansea have had an FA Cup run to focus on. This Saturday, we hope to have an exciting game with plenty of goals as both sides make one final push. Bet UK’s online sportsbook has the latest football betting odds for Forest v Swansea, as well as all Championship betting odds.
Nottingham Forest Recent Form
Last Time Out In The Championship
In their last match before the international break, Forest’s playoff hopes took a dent with a 1-1 draw against Ipswich. Ipswich are all but relegated this year and this should have been a straightforward win for Forest. But, it was Ipswich that took the lead after just 5 minutes. On loan striker Colin Quaner took advantage of some poor Forest defending to score after just 5 minutes. The lead wouldn’t last for long however, and on 30 minutes Ipswich were guilty of some questionable defending of their own. After failing to clear the ball from a corner, Molla Wague scrambled the ball in at the near post to equalise for Forest. After the break, Jon Nolan had the best of the chances, putting a diving header wide from 6 yards. Forest fans will be worried that as the season approaches and their play off hopes start to fade, they are failing to put away sides near the bottom of the table. After the draw, Forest sit in 11th, 3 points from 6th.
Swansea City Recent Form
Last Time Out In The Championship
With the FA Cup Quarter Final before the international break, it’s been almost 3 weeks since Swansea City’s last Championship match. Before the Man City match, Swansea had a tough midweek trip to West Brom. Swansea started the game strongly and were by far the better side in the first half, despite falling to Chris Brunt’s 19th minute goal. Brunt’s goal came from a wide free kick, which evaded everyone before landing in the bottom corner. 20 minutes later, Swansea were awarded a penalty, but Bersant Celina bizarrely failed to even get a shot away. The ex Manchester City winger completely missed the ball, instead kicking it just a few yards in front of him, before it was inevitably cleared. Sam Johnstone continued to deny Swansea’s attackers, before Mason Holgate and Jay Rodriguez secured the 3 points for West Brom. Swansea’s defeat makes their late charge for a play off place looks unlikely and they currently sit 14th, 10 points from 6th.
Where is the Value?
Despite having 2 of the best defences in the league this season, Nottingham Forest and Swansea have recently seen some high scoring games. In the last 10 combined matches that the teams have played, there has been an average of 3.2 goals in each game, much higher than a league average of 2.6 this season. Both sides are led by free scoring strikers this season: Oli McBurnie for the Swans, and Lewis Grabban for Forest. Between them, they have scored 32 goals in all competitions this season. To go with their exciting attack, both sides have had defensive struggles recently so we could see a free for all on Saturday.
How To Watch Nottingham Forest v Swansea City
Nottingham Forest v Swansea City will be shown live on Swans TV for all subscribers, with live commentary and punditry throughout.
Bet UK’s Headline Betting Tip
This should be a close game, both teams have shown glimpses this season but with a few mistakes between them, we can expect some goals.
*All odds from Bet UK’s sportsbook correct at the time of writing.
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