Nottingham Forest v Aston Villa Betting Tips & Preview – Saturday 13th January 2018

Aitor Karanka takes charge of his first Nottingham Forest game on Saturday when his side host Steve Bruce’s Aston Villa at the City Ground in the EFL Championship. The former Middlesbrough boss will be hoping to hit the ground running in Nottingham.

However, the Reds are coming up against a Villa side who are fighting for promotion this season. The Villans currently sit fifth in the second-tier table, just five points adrift of the automatic places. With so much at stake at the City Ground, which way will this one swing on Saturday evening?

Top Tips

Nottingham Forest to Win @ 9/5

Nottingham Forest to Win and Both Teams to Score @ 5/1

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Nottingham Forest Form

One point from a possible 12 cost Mark Warburton his job at Forest last month. The Reds have been on a woeful run in the league, winning only one of their past eight, losing five of those along the way. To make matters worse, only relegation-threatened Birmingham City, who are second from bottom, have suffered more defeats in the Championship up until now.

However, Forest will be hoping that last weekend’s famous Emirates FA Cup triumph over the mighty Arsenal can kick-start a revival. The Reds were superb throughout, with Eric Lichaj (2), Ben Brereton and Kieran Dowell getting the goals in a deserved 4-2 win.

Nottingham Forest v Arsenal 7th January 2018 4-2 Win
Leeds United v Nottingham Forest 1st January 2018 0-0 Draw
Nottingham Forest v Sunderland 30th December 2017 0-1 Loss

Aston Villa Form

After no wins in five in December, Aston Villa have hit back with two vital Championship victories to get back on track. After a priceless 1-0 win a Middlesbrough in their final game of 2017, Villa kicked off the new year with an empathic 5-0 win over high-flyers Bristol City at Villa Park.

With three home games in four coming up after travelling to the City Ground, Villa have a real chance to pile the pressure on the likes of Derby County, Cardiff City and Bristol City in the hunt for second spot. Also, Bruce will be looking for a response from several first-team players following last weekend’s disappointing 3-1 FA Cup defeat at home to EFL League One side Peterborough United.

Aston Villa v Peterborough 6th January 2018 1-3 Loss
Aston Villa v Bristol City 1st January 2018 5-0 Win
Middlesbrough v Aston Villa 30th December 2017 0-1 Win

Head to Head Stats

Nottingham Forest have a woeful recent record against Villa. In fact, last season’s 2-1 triumph at the City Ground remains Forest’s only victory in 11 attempts. Prior to that, the Reds’ last success over Villa came in a Premier League fixture way back in 1994. Since then, Villa have won five of 11.

When the pair squared off at Villa Park back in September, strikes by Albert Adomah and Conor Hourihane sealed a 2-1 win for the Villans. Despite their dominance in this fixture in recent times, Villa have not won at the City Ground in over 20 years.

Aston Villa v Nottingham Forest 23rd September 2017 2-1 Aston Villa Win
Nottingham Forest v Aston Villa 4th February 2017 2-1 Nott'm Forest Win
Aston Villa v Nottingham Forest 11th September 2016 2-2 Draw

Injuries & Suspensions

Daryl Murphy, who picked up a knock in Forest’s recent defeat against Sunderland, is battling to be fit for this weekend’s clash. As for Aston Villa, they will assess the fitness of striker Scott Hogan, who has an ankle problem.

Nottingham Forest

  • Daryl Murphy - Striker a doubt after picking up a knock
  • Chris Cohen - Out with a knee injury
  • Jack Hobbs - Defender side-lined with a back problem

Aston Villa

  • Christopher Samba - A doubt with a hamstring problem
  • Glenn Whelan - Could miss out through illness
  • Scott Hogan - Attacker has an ankle injury
  • Gabriel Agbonlahor - Doubtful with an ankle problem
  • Jordan Lyden - Could miss game with an ankle knock
  • Jonathan Kodjia - Out until late March with an ankle injury

Betting Tips

Both teams will be going all out for the points in what should be an enthralling matchup at the City Ground. The Nottingham Forest players will be looking to impress their new boss, while Villa will want to pile the pressure on the teams above them.

Nottingham Forest to Win

Despite their patchy run of results, Nottingham Forest have won over half of their Championship matches at the City Ground this term. In fact, the Reds have won as many at home as the likes of Villa, Bristol City and Middlesbrough. With the experienced Karanka in the dugout, we can see Forest sealing a big three points on Saturday. Back the home win at the strong odds of 9/5.

Nottingham Forest to Win and Both Teams to Score

Villa have scored in five of their last six away league games, winning three of those along the way. Forest, meanwhile, have notched 17 in 13 on home soil. Have a punt on the hosts to win and both teams to score, which you can get at the top price of 5/1.

Nottingham Forest to Win 2-1

Three of Forest’s first four league and cup home wins of the season ended 2-1. The 2-1 home win is available at attractive odds of 9/1 this weekend.

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