West Bromwich Albion v Nottingham Forest Betting Tips & Predictions – Tuesday 12th February 2019

Nottingham Forest will attempt to do their promotion push a big favour during this midweek clash with West Brom. Once on the fringes of the playoff places, they’ve since begun to lose pace, the departure of Aitor Karanka having a big part to play in this. The Reds have the quality to recover under Martin O’Neill but they desperately need results in big clashes such as this one on Tuesday.

By improving their own promotion prospects with a win, Forest would end up hurting West Brom’s. The Baggies are not out of the running to finish in the top two, the only way of guaranteeing a return to Premier League at the first time of asking. Every game is a huge one for Darren Moore’s men at this stage in the season but can they cope with the pressure? This is a game in hand for them. Win and they are right back in contention but lose and they may have to settle for battling it out for a play-off place.

Top Tips

Draw @ 5/2

Correct Score 1-1 @ 11/2

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West Bromwich Albion News: Phillips and Morrison close to full health

West Bromwich Albion Players During Match
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West Brom’s medical team were happy to let both Matty Phillips and James Morrison back on the training pitch earlier in the month. The pair were spotted running outside as well as doing some ball work as they looked to shake off their respective injuries. Neither were available for their side’s FA Cup replay with Brighton but before the clash Moore confirmed they would be back to full fitness soon. It will particularly be a boost to have Phillips back, with the Scot an absolute regular among the starting XI whenever available and a key player for the Baggies.

Burke wants Celtic stay

For a player only 21-years-old, Oliver Burke has certainly done his fair share of travelling. The former Leipzig winger was signed by West Brom in 2017 but has long been unable to make his way into the first team reckoning. Even following the Baggies’ relegation, the Scottish international only managed 46 minutes of league action. Naturally, this lack of game time meant Burke jumped at the chance to sign for Celtic on loan last month. He recently announced how happy he is in Glasgow while also indicating he’d be keen on a longer stay.

Nottingham Forest News: O’Neill offers hope to Bonatini

Nottingham Forest's City Ground

Leo Bonatini was an influential part of the Wolves side that won the Championship last season but he’s rather been left out in the cold following their promotion. After playing just 128 Premier League minutes this season, the Brazilian felt he could not refuse a temporary move to Nottingham Forest. Eager to resurrect his career by getting back among the goals, O’Neill has assured the striker he will get chances at his new club. The Irishman has been impressed with the forward’s work rate and will look to use him plenty during the season run-in.

Benalouane back from suspension

January recruit Yohan Benalouane has been a card magnet throughout his career. It’s no real surprise then that the Tunisia international was booked on his first three appearances for Forest. On his third appearance, he was also shown a straight red card after handling the ball on the line late on. His sacrifice ended up being in vain though as Birmingham slotted home the resulting penalty. Denial of a goal scoring opportunity only carries a one match ban so the 31-year-old will be back available for selection this Tuesday.

Analysis: Forest need to end away blues

If Nottingham Forest are going to get their promotion push back on track then their away form is in desperate need of being improved. The Reds haven’t won any of their last seven tests outside the City Ground in all competitions after somehow squandering a 3-0 lead at Norwich on Boxing Day. There’s been no major sign of improvement so far but that’s not to say O’Neill cannot inspire some sudden change.

Hawthorns to host tight battle

Forest have a poor away record coming into this match but their players have a useful habit of raising their game for the big matches. Their last six clashes against top seven opposition have resulted in two victories, three draws and just one defeat. Able to rally themselves in the face of a challenging opponent, the visitors could well walk away with a point (5/2) here. Another busy transfer window means O’Neill needs time for his new players to bed in but they should start getting better with each game that passes. When also factoring in that the Baggies have drawn four of their last six league matches at home, betting on a stalemate looks like a sensible option.

Attackers to stay relatively quiet

Clean sheets used to be a rarity for West Brom but some hard work on the training ground has made the Baggies rearguard far more robust. They’ve shifted away from being a side simply happy to outscore the opposition and this has seen a noticeable decline in the number of goals they concede. By hosting a side who haven’t been scoring freely in recent weeks, this game does not look like being a high scoring one. The two clubs’ meeting earlier on in the season finished 1-1 and a repeat scoreline is certainly not an unattractive option at odds of 11/2.

Recent Matches

These two sides were previously on a nine match run of not having both teams score, a streak finally broken by the 3-1 scoreline in 2010.

7th August 2018: Nottingham Forest 1 – 1 West Brom

Forest paid the price for not converting their superiority into goals in this match. Adlene Guedioura’s deflected effort put the hosts ahead but he was denied another as a backpedalling Sam Johnstone tipped over his effort from his own half. While second best for much of the match, West Brom turned up the heat late on with the introduction of Dwight Gayle. He hit the woodwork twice during his cameo appearance, either side of Matt Phillips’ crisply hit late equaliser.

8th December 2010: West Brom 1 – 3 Nottingham Forest

Roberto di Matteo believed this was probably the worst performance his West Brom players had put in all season. By the hour mark, the game looked done and dusted with Forest enjoying a handsome three-goal advantage. Having been stunned by two superb second half goals from Radoslaw Majewski and Chris Cohen, the Baggies did finally begin to sort themselves out. Roman Bednar quickly pulled one back and the hosts did have several chances to reduce the deficit after this but none were taken.

15th August 2009: Nottingham Forest 0 – 1 West Brom

Forest were left feeling rather hard done to as the full time whistle blew at the City Ground. Not only did West Brom’s winner come courtesy of a hugely unfortunate Cohen own goal but former Baggie Robert Earnshaw later sent a penalty wide. The Reds also had a goal disallowed, for reasons manager Billy Davies could not understand after watching the replay several times over.

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