Nottingham Forest v Bolton Betting Preview – 09/12/17

Nottingham Forest v Bolton Betting Preview – 09/12/17

Nottingham Forest v Bolton Betting Preview

In our Nottingham Forest v Bolton betting preview we look at the best possible bets between the two sides.


Mark Warburton’s Nottingham Forest welcome Bolton to the City Ground on Saturday looking to pick up a big three points. The Reds are currently eight points behind rivals Derby who occupy the final spot in the play-offs and with games against sides around them in the weeks to come they have a great chance of closing that gap. But they do come into the weekend following back-to-back defeats so they’ll need to improve against a Bolton side that’s growing in confidence. The visitors are eleven points and nine places below their opponents in the standings but they’ll be pleased with the progress that they’ve made over the last few weeks. Phil Parkinson’s men have lost just one of their previous nine games which has seen them climb out the bottom three and they’re looking like a completely different side.

Mark Warburton Nottingham Forest

Nottingham Forest manager Mark Warburton will be both pleased & frustrated with what he’s seen from his side this season

Four wins from five at home for Forest

It’s been a season of improvement to date for Nottingham Forest under Mark Warburton. It’s the former Rangers boss’ first full year in charge of the club and they’re making steady progress, with them well away from the relegation zone where they spent most of their time last term. Forest are playing exciting, attacking football but if they really want to push on and challenge for a spot in the top six they need to be more consistent. They regularly go from one extreme to the other which is shown by their record of 9 wins and 11 losses in the league this season – they’re still yet to draw a game. They come into this clash in pretty shaky form too, with them losing each of their previous two league games against Cardiff (2-0) and most recently Ipswich (4-2).

The defeat at Portman Road last weekend showcased the good and bad side to Forest’s game, with them looking great going forward but sloppy at the back. Defensive errors cost them going on and getting something in Suffolk despite goals from Tyler Walker and the in-form Kieran Dowell. But now back on home soil they’ll be looking to return to winning ways and their form there has been impressive in recent weeks, winning four of their previous five league games. They score lots of goals and in attack they have some very good players, with the likes of Barrie McKay, Kieran Dowell and Darryl Murphy all capable of coming up with those match winning moments. Veteran forward Murphy is the standout threat for Warburton’s men, with the Republic of Ireland international joint top of the scoring charts with 7 goals and we can see his physicality causing plenty of problems.

Darryl Murphy Nottingham Forest

Daryl Murphy may be entering the twilight of his career but he’s still very effective at this level, scoring 7 goals in the Championship this season

Improving Bolton looking for first away win of the season

A few weeks ago it looked like Bolton were condemned to relegation back into League One after just one season in the Championship, but the Trotters have taken their game to another level and surprised everyone to climb off the foot of the table and out the relegation zone. Phil Parkinson’s men come into match day 21 on a run of form which has seen them lose just one of their last nine in the league, which came against leaders and title favourites Wolves at Molineux. Phil Parkinson has done a magnificent job to lift the spirits around the Macron Stadium when many were expecting him to be sacked and he must now be feeling confident that his side can stay up – but they still have an awful lot of work to do.

They’re currently out the bottom three on goal difference ahead of Birmingham City and just two clear of Burton who’re currently bottom, so should results go against them this weekend they could find themselves in 24th position come 5pm. The Trotters make the trip to Nottingham on the back of a big win last weekend when they managed to overcome a plucky Barnsley side 3-1 at the Macron. A Gary Madine brace and an effort from Mark Little were enough for them to come out on top and it was just what they needed ahead of a tough festive period. The same and more is required here if they’re trouble this Forest side, who’re strong at home. Parkinson is yet to see his side win away from home in the second tier this season and this would be the perfect opportunity for them to get off the mark, but we’re expecting their defence (third worst in the division) to really struggle to contain Forest’s lively forward line which should mean goals.

Phil Parkinson Bolton

Phil Parkinson has overseen a big improvement in fortunes for Bolton

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