Nottingham Forest v Aston Villa Betting Tips & Odds – 13/01/18

Nottingham Forest v Aston Villa Betting Tips & Odds – 13/01/18

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Nottingham Forest v Aston Villa Betting Tips & Odds

In our Nottingham Forest v Aston Villa betting preview we look at what could possibly be the best bets between the two sides.


Saturday afternoon in the Championship sees an enticing meeting between two worthwhile sides, as Steve Bruce’s Aston Villa take on Aitor Karanka’s Nottingham Forest at the City Ground. Nottingham Forest are looking for a better showing in league games after bringing in a more experienced manager, with it potentially being enough to see them surge up the table if they start on the front foot here. Aston Villa are far from perfect but clearly see their aspirations of finishing in the play-offs as being more than reasonable considering the manager they have and the players he possesses. These sides first met at Villa Park this season back in September, where The Villains’ opening goal saw a response from Forest in the fifty-second minute, only for Steve Bruce’s men to steal all three points just eight minutes later.

Albert Adomah Aston Villa

Aston Villa top scorer Albert Adomah netted to seal three points over Nottingham Forest

Aitor Karanka steps out as Nottingham Forest manager for the first time

It couldn’t be a much better time to face a tough opponent for Nottingham Forest, as their last game saw an incredible upset that went in their favour. The Tricky Trees showed plenty of promise when the campaign kicked off but were clearly lacking as time went on, leading to the sacking of Mark Warburton, where it was hard to determine who would be the right man to fill his shoes. There’s yet to be a run of results where Nottingham Forest have won more than two games on the bounce, so it’s clear to see that a change in management could be what’s needed, even after the former Rangers boss was capable in saving them from a relegation to League One in the later stages of last season. It was also becoming frustrating because Forest had now gone through three permanent managers since the start of 2015.

Former Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka eventually came in to the role and he’s more than any fan would have asked for, as he proved stability and success when taking Boro to the Premier League in 2016. He comes into the job after a fantastic final game by caretaker manager Gary Brazil, where The Tricky Trees took the lead over Arsenal in the FA Cup, conceded just three minutes later but scored two more to lead 3-1. Gunners striker Danny Welbeck fought back to soften the deficit but had his efforts thwarted by another Forest goal to finish off a spectacular 4-2 victory. The incredible performance was enough to see a mass of fans requesting that Gary Brazil is given a permanent chance at the role but they clearly couldn’t turn down Karanka. There’s a twelve point gap between Forest and Aston Villa, so it’s hoped their new boss can instantly begin to decrease that.

Gary Brazil Nottingham Forest

Many Forest fans were tipping Gary Brazil for the manager’s position after beating Arsenal

Villa achieved two crucial wins in their last two league games

There’s been clear intentions of promotion on the minds of Aston Villa this season, who are playing far better than in their first campaign in the second tier. It was expected that they’d make an immediate return to the Premier League in the first attempt but fell short by a distance, even with the arrival of Steve Bruce, who pushed them to distinctly better performances. The pressure is high for The Villains but with the players they’ve got, they’re more than capable of seeing out the task in hand, winning twelve and drawing eight of twenty-six games to sit at a more than respectable fifth in the table, now just five points away from moving into the even more desirable top two automatic promotion places. Steve Bruce has a wealth of experience and is putting it to good use.

Summer improvements came in the form of Stoke City midfielder Glenn Whelan, Hull City right-back Ahmed Elmohamady and Chelsea veteran John Terry, with Robert Snodgrass also coming in on loan. Things sound peachy for Aston Villa but current form doesn’t see them in the best of ways, winning two, drawing two and losing two of their last six in the league, and the FA Cup only saw more disappointment, as they lost 3-1 to League One side Peterborough United. They’re sure to turn things around though, as they’ve not lost more than two in succession since back at the end of February, where their outside chance of a late promotion towards the end of last season was destroyed by a bout of ten games without a win. Albert Adomah is top scorer with ten league goals but it’s Robert Snodgrass who’s most likely to bag after his rise to form.

Robert Snodgrass Aston Villa

Robert Snodgrass took a brace in Aston Villa’s 5-0 thrashing over Bristol City


If you expect that Aitor Karanka will get off to the perfect start and win his first game in charge, Nottingham Forest are best priced at 21/10 to win on Betway. If you could see this tough encounter resulting as a draw, odds of 23/10 are available on BetVictor. If you’d rather get behind Aston Villa to show their quality in taking all three points, you can back them at odds of 6/4 on SkyBet.

Recommended Bets:

Draw (Best priced at 23/10 on BetVictor) – BET HERE

Both teams to score (Best priced at 10/11 on Ladbrokes) – BET HERE

Robert Snodgrass to score anytime (Best priced at 9/2 on PaddyPower) – BET HERE

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