Reading vs Nottingham Forest: Predictions, Betting Tips and Odds
Newly appointed Reading boss José Manuel Gomes knows he must get his side firing quickly or face relegation as playoff chasing Nottingham Forest will show no mercy.
No win in the league since the beginning of November has left Reading deep in the mire heading into the second half of the season.
Defeat to Nottingham Forest at the weekend could see Reading eight points adrift of safety and just one point from Gomes’ three Championship games so far tells a story that the Royals need new faces this month or are destined for the drop.
For Nottingham Forest, the task for 2019 is very different. Promotion is on the mind of Tricky Trees boss Aitor Karanka but even he knows his side can ill afford to drop points as they themselves sit four points adrift of Derby in sixth.
However, Forest have only won three games on the road this season which is the reason why they currently sit outside of the playoffs and not in it.
Eight draws on the road has been the trademark of Karanka’s Forest side away from home this season (the highest in the league) but a stalemate is a result that will do neither side much use.
Unfortunately, that looks to be the way this game is heading. Forest has drawn two of their last three Championship away games and at home Reading should have enough to hold off a Forest side who are under playoff pressure in a 0-0 draw.
- Under 2.5 goals and both teams to score
Reading have scored just once in their last three Madjeski Stadium outings whilst Forest have failed to score in their last two away days in all competitions making this the best way to go with sports betting sites to gain the most value.
However, with 22 goals on the road in the Championship, if there is a goal, expect it to be from Forest.
- 0-0 at halftime
Reading has not scored a first half goal since the 15th December either home or away whilst only two of Forests last seven goals have come in the opening 45 minutes.
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Head to Head
The Tricky Trees recorded a narrow 1-0 win over the Royals when the pair met back in August at the City Ground.
However, Reading did manage a 3-1 win the last time Forest visited Berkshire back in October 2017.
Overall, Reading have claimed 15 wins over their visitors with Forest recording 20 wins and a total of 10 draws in all competitions.
- No side has recorded more away draws than Nottingham Forest this season with eight.
- Only Ipswich has picked up less points at home than Reading’s 11-points this season.
- The first ever meeting between the two came in a 1903 FA Cup game which ended 0-0.
- Nottingham Forest’s Lewis Grabban has netted 14 times this season, seven more than Reading’s top scorer Jón Dadi Bödvarsson.
- Only Aston Villa (24) has conceded more goals at home this season than Reading (22).