Tip Nottingham Forest – West Brom
Nottingham Forest continue their bid to gain automatic promotion to the Premier League. They are fifth in the Championship and host West Brom who have slipped down to 11th but could still make the play-offs. Forest have an uphill task ahead of them to catch second placed Bournemouth. A play-off position looks their most likely achievement. They are seven points behind second and their hopes were hit when losing 1-0 away at Luton on what wasnt a good Friday for them. They can only keep trying to win games and had won their last five in the Championship, scoring 13 goals and conceding just one before the loss to Luton. That defeat was frustrating though with second placed Bournemouth having only earned two points from their last three league games. Home form for Forest is going great at present. In their last 12 matches at the City Ground, the only team to beat them has been Liverpool in the FA Cup. Forest have 33 points from their last 15 home league games with seven of the last eight won.
West Brom made a good start in their bid to return to the Premier League at the first time of asking. However, it all went downhill for several months even after sacking their boss and appointing Steve Bruce. They had won just one out of their last ten league games before Friday’s home win over Blackpool. They may be 11th but are only five points off the final promotion play-off position.. Away form is a major reason for them being outside the top ten in the Championship. You don’t win promotion when only nine points have been earned in the last 15 away league games. In seven of their last ten on the road, It’s so annoying for them consdering West Brom have the third best home record in the Championship. Albion haven’t even got on the scoresheet. Back Forest to get back into winning ways.
Key points Nottingham Forest – West Brom
Forest have won seven of their last eight home league games.
West Brom have only nine points from their last 15 away league fixtures.
Forest have four clean sheets in their last five home Championship games.
West Brom have failed to score in seven of their last ten away games in the Championship.
ConclusionNOTTINGHAM FOREST – WEST BROM
Nottingham Forest have to bounce back from the loss at Luton. They are unlikely to finish in the top two and must concentrate on ensuring they don’t drop out of the play-off places as has happpened in the past. Forest are four points clear of seventh but with a game in hand. Home form has been excellent in recent months. They host West Brom who could yet finish in the top six and would be there now but for an appalling away record. Go for Forest to win this.