We’re flying to England for a Championship encounter where Middlesbrough are going to host Nottingham Forest. Both teams have not been performing well recently but one side is a much better team.
Let’s start with the home team. Having won 8 times, drawn 13 times and lost 17 times, Middlesbrough are the 21st placed team in the league. They have the same amount of points as Wigan, who are at the 22nd place. So to speak, they have hit the rock bottom after having failed to win their last 9 matches. They are seriously in danger of getting relegated and the team’s morale at an all-time low now. Wigan’s two consecutive victories must have put pressure on Middlesbrough players as they failed to defeat Leeds at home after a solid performance at the defensive end. The problem seems to be resulting from the forward players as Middlesbrough couldn’t score a single goal in the last three fixtures.
Nottingham Forest, on the other hand, have won 16 times, drawn 11 times, and lost 8 times this season, which helped them to find their places in the top 6. They are sitting at the 4th spot at the moment. It is highly likely that they will be qualified for the promotion play-offs but lately, they have not been playing like a team that deserves to be in the Premiership. They were in a 3-game winless streak but they managed to end it by defeating Cardiff on the road. This victory should give them a morale boost before their clash against Middlesbrough.
All in all, I expect a hard-fought match but I believe that Nottingham Forest have the upper-hand in this match-up. Let me explain why. Although Middlesbrough are desperate for a victory which would help them to relax a bit, they lack the quality and motivation to pull this off against an obviously better team. We have seen this already when they played against Leeds. Leeds are also obviously better than Nottingham but I do not think that the visitors will be defeated in this round. My pick is Nottingham Forest +0 AH. If you are looking fort he highest odds for this match, register for the best betting software, VIP-IBC and reserve your seat amongst the winners.