Nottingham Forest V Wigan – Betting Preview
We have barely had time to catch our breath since the dramatic opening games of the Carabao Cup.
Nottingham Forest had a tough test against Bury on Tuesday evening. However, the 10-man team were victorious, beating the League Two side in a penalty shootout and now face Newcastle United in Carabao Cup second round. Wigan was not so lucky and was comfortably beaten 3-1 by Rotherham United.
Despite their early exit from the Carabao Cup, Wigan has made a respectable start to their Championship season. Results from their opening two league fixtures have been won one, lost one, five goals for, five goals against! They currently sit 9th on the Championship table.
The Reds have not lost a single game and currently sit 5th in the table.
Aitor Karanka made 11 changes to his side for the first round of the Carabao Cup, however, it is likely we will see many of the players that have featured in the opening three league fixtures back in the team as the Reds head to Wigan.
Both teams have an extremely tight competitive history, however, there is one key factor to consider – this is an away game for The Reds and Wigan have kept a clean sheet at the DW Stadium for the last six games against Nottingham Forest in all competitions.
The last six League encounters between Forest and Wigan have resulted in an identical record with two wins apiece and two draws.
Wigan 0: 0 Nottingham Forest
Wigan 2: 0 Nottingham Forest
Nottingham Forest 4: 3 Wigan
Nottingham Forest 3: 0 Wigan
Wigan 0: 0 Nottingham Forest
Wigan 4: 1 Nottingham Forest
Given these recent stats, you would be forgiven for backing a draw at 11/5. Wigan can be backed at odds of 7/5, with Nottingham Forest at 15/8 to take all three points.
Over at BetBright, we are offering enhanced odds on The Reds to win at 9/1.
There is a lot of competition in the first goalscorer market for this game with both teams represented in the top two choices in the market.
Grabban – (11/2)
Grigg – (6/1)
In Forest’s last away game Daryl Murphy opened the scoring with a glorious header in the second half against Bristol. Murphy discussed earlier this week how the team are bonding together this season:
“The manager has brought in the right type of characters and players, there are no bad eggs in the squad and you see that from the outside. Everyone is pulling in the same direction, everyone is hungry, and we want to achieve promotion.”
Given the recent results of both teams, there should be goals in this game. Wigan has scored five and Forest three in the Championship making the Total Goals Over/Under market extremely popular for this game. Here is just a snapshot of some of the odds on offer for this market.
Under (0.5) – 15/2
Under (3.5) – 1/4
Over (1.5) – 1/3
Over (3.5) – 13/5
We are hoping Nottingham Forest can keep up their winning ways in this League campaign and come away with all three points on Saturday afternoon.
Odds are provided at time of writing, please check your betslip to confirm they have not changed before betting.