After an incredible start to the Championship Nottingham Forest will head confidently into Tuesday’s game where they face Bury in the first round of the EFL Cup. Karanka’s team have bonded together incredibly well taking 5 points from 3 matches.
Meanwhile, Bury experienced one of the worst seasons in the club’s history in the 2017/18 and major changes where needed. Things were looking up for the club and hopes were high over at Gigg Lane as their team secured a 1 – 0 victory over Yeovil Town in their opening match. Unfortunately, The Shakers could not keep up this winning strike and lost their following two matches in League Two.
The last time these two historic clubs faced each other was unbelievable 20 years ago. Back in 1998 Dave Bassett’s team came out on top. The match ended 2-0 to The Reds.
It is clear to see that due to their current form why Nottingham Forest (5/2) are the favourites to win this game progress to the next round against Bury (7/1).
After the Reds 1-0 victory over Reading on Saturday Karanka praised his bench and mentioned that fatigue may be an issue due to the quick succession of matches to date.
“It is our third game in the week and you can see after 20 minutes in the game that we didn’t have the fresh legs from the other games. The guys came on, they did great and they gave us the energy to score.”
Meaning this game could be a great opportunity for the academy graduates Jordan Smith and Matty Cash to grab the skipper’s attention and stake their claim for a place in the Nottingham Forest starting XI. In other big Nottingham Forest news here is also a new addition to the team. Sam Byram made the switch on a season-long loan deal from West Ham United and the young defender is keen to start playing for The Reds.
“The manager played a big part in me coming here and you can see the players he has brought in. There is a real push for promotion and I just want to come here, do my best and help the team.”
Bury are expected to be without right back Tom Miller due to an injury he picked up during Bury’s clash against Milton Keynes Dons last weekend. Meaning their manager Ryan Lowe will likely play Ryan Cooney in his starting team. No other major changes are expected to Lowe’s 5-4-1 formation.
Although he is yet to score Grabban’s work rate on the pitch has been praised by the fans and he is the clear favourite at 7/2 to be the first goal scorer against Bury. However Saturday’s goal scorer Soudani is not far behind him to place his name on the score card at 15/4.
Nottingham Forest have scored three goals in as many games all coming in the second half of each match. With these previous match stats in mind BetBright are offering this tasty bet:
Half Time – Draw, Full Time – Win for Nottingham Forest at 11/4.
Nottingham Forest have won the EPL League trophy a total of four times (1977/78, 1978/79, 1988/89, 1989/90) and optimistic Forest fans could not be blamed for believing that their team could get their hands on the hardware once again.
All signs are pointing to a Nottingham Forest victory and if you believe The Reds will conquer Bury in Tuesday game then you need to check out the enhanced promotion BetBright have on offer.
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