The Championship’s eighth-place team, Nottingham Forest, host the league’s last-place side, Barnsley, on Tuesday night at the City Ground. Steve Cooper’s Nottingham Forest continue to surprise onlookers. This was a team destined for the drop under former manager Chris Hughton, but Cooper’s September arrival has completely turned around the Reds.
Ahead of Tuesday night’s match at home, Nottingham Forest are four points behind sixth-place Huddersfield in the race for the promotion play-off places. Nottingham Forest have a game in hand over Huddersfield.
Due to postponements in the league, teams around the final play-off place have games in hand. It will be a difficult run in for the Reds, especially with an FA Cup fourth round game against Leicester City coming up in February.
Barnsley have not rebounded from the exit of Valerien Ismael. The coach led Barnsley to the promotion play-offs last season, but is now fighting for promotion at West Brom. Barnsley are eight points off of 21st-place Reading and have won just twice this season in the league. If things don't turn around soon for The Tykes, then relegation looks to be the likely outcomes for the South Yorkshire side.
Nottingham Forest vs Barnsley Betting Odds
Nottingham Forest picked up 12 points from the last 18 points on offer in the Championship. The Reds are on a two-game winning streak in the league ahead of Tuesday night’s match with Barnsley. Cooper’s team outscored its last six opponents by a count of 9-6.
Forest are unbeaten in five of their last six games at home in the league and go into Tuesday's home match at best-price odds of 3/4 to win with the bookies. Earlier this season, Nottingham Forest came from behind at halftime to defeat Barnsley 3-1.
Barnsley go into the game on Tuesday night on a two-mach losing streak in the Championship. They have picked up just three points across their last six matches in the league and all three points came from draws. Barnsley are the underdogs going into this fixture with odds of 9/2 to win at full-time.
Just one of the last 14 matches between these teams finished as a drawbut you can backed a draw at 13/5.
Nottingham Forest vs Barnsley Team News
Forest boss Steve Cooper has just two players on the Nottingham Forest injury list going into the game on Tuesday night. Alex Mighten is ruled out until February with a knee injury while defender Loic Mbe Soh remains a doubt due to a thigh injury. His return to the first-team has been pushed back to February
Nottingham Forest are coming off of a big win over arch-rival Derby County at the weekend. Lewis Grabban and Brennan Johnson scored for Nottingham Forest. Grabban now has 12 goals this season while Johnson has scored six times and added five assists.
Barnsley coach Poya Asbaghi will likely be without three players for the fixture. Defender Michal Helik, Cauley Woodrow, and Aapo Halme are all ruled out ahead of the game. The trio is due back in February. Woodrow is a big miss for Asbaghi as the forward leads Barnsley's goal tally with four this season.
Barnsley have scored the Championship’s fewest goals this season with a mere 17. They have conceded 38 times. Nottingham Forest have only conceded 29 goals and scored 35 times. The Reds have the seventh-most goals in the Championship.
Nottingham Forest vs Barnsley H2H
Nottingham Forest claimed a 3-1 win when these teams played earlier this season. Barnsley’s Cauley Woodrow opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 20th minute. Barnsley went into the halftime break leading 1-0. Just after the hour-mark, Philip Zickernagel equalised for Nottingham Forest. Brennan Johnson and Lewis Grabban then added two more goals for the Reds.
Nottingham Forest do not have a great head-to-head record against Barnsley across the teams’ last 10 games. Forest posted a record of 4W-1D-5L against Barnsley in the last 10 meetings in all competitions. Nottingham Forest are undefeated in the last two games versus Barnsley.
Just three of the last 10 games in all competitions between these teams finished with over 2.5 goals scored. Seven of the last nine games between these clubs finished with both teams not scoring goals.
Nottingham Forest vs Barnsley Prediction
Both teams to score: NO @ 5/6 - BET NOW
Seven of the last nine games between these clubs finished with both teams not scoring goals. Three of Forest’s last four games in the Championship finished with both teams not scoring goals. Three of Swansea’s last six games in the league finished with both teams not scoring goals. Our tip is for this to be a bit one-sided with both teams not scoring goals on Tuesday night.
Lewis Grabban to score first @ 11/2 - BET NOW
Nottingham Forest player Lewis Grabban has 12 goals in 25 matches in all competitions. Grabban scored in each of Nottingham Forest’s last two Championship matches. Our betting tips prediction is for Grabban to score first against Barnsley. He bagged a goal the last time these teams played and could do it once more. Grabban has one goal in nine games all-time versus Barnsley. Our predictins is for the striker to improve that record.
Half time result: DRAW @ 11/10 - BET NOW
Five of the last six matches between these teams went into halftime as a draw. Each of those five games had a score of nil-nil at halftime.
Our betting tips prediction is for Nottingham Forest and Barnsley to draw at halftime. Each of Forest’s last three games in all competitions were draws at halftime. Five of Barnsley’s last seven games in all competitions were draws at halftime.
Our betting tips prediction is for a stalemate in the first half with Nottingham Forest going on to win the match in the second period. The win could improve Nottingham Forest’s chances of making the promotion playoffs. The loss will only damage Barnsley’s hope of staying up.
Nottingham Forest vs Barnsley Betting Tips
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