Forest have two points from as many league games so far, and although there may be some disappointment that The Reds were unable to take all three points at The City Ground On Tuesday against West Brom, they can head confidently into Saturday’s match against Reading, with two positive performances under their belt against two strong Championship sides.
Looking at the last ten League encounters between Forest and Reading, there’s not much between the two clubs, who have beaten each other four times each and drawn twice; considering The Reds’ opening two results this season, the neutral punter may be forgiven for backing a draw here, which is 13/5 with BetBright.
However, the more optimistic Forest fans, of which there will be many after Tuesday night’s solid home performance, will be confident to see their side start the second home game of the season as 4/6 favourites against Paul Clement’s side who are 9/2 to take all three points.
The visitors’ confidence will have been severely knocked after throwing away a 1-0 lead against Derby, who took all three points after a 94th minute winner and Forest will be hoping to match their east midlands rivals’ result against Reading on Saturday.
In recent years, this fixture has been a high scoring game, with over 3.5 goals seen in five of the last ten matches, which could be a nice selection at 14/5 and in seven out of the last ten games, there has been over 2.5 goals, which BetBright have priced at 11/10 for Saturday’s game.
Another interesting point to make is that seven out of the last ten times Forest beat Reading, they won ‘to nil’ and are 6/4 to do so on Saturday afternoon.
With a track record of plenty of goals in this fixture, fans will be expecting a few on the scoreboard at The City Ground this time around which, from a betting perspective, will make the first goal scorer market very interesting indeed.
After bagging against West Brom, Adlène Guedioura is the favourite to score first against Reading on Saturday. Other Forest players who are up there in the betting to break the deadlock are Daryl Murphy, Ben Brereton, Hillal Soudani and if you think Ben Osborn can score against The Royals again this season, then backing him any time could be a nice play.
It’s been a respectable start for Nottingham Forest’s 2018/19 League Campaign and Aitor Karanka will be hopeful that his side can put their first three points on the league table on Saturday afternoon at The City Ground.
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