The Championship play-off race is really kicking up a gear, with as many as eight teams potentially vying for the final spot. This clash see’s two pre-season favourites for promotion going toe to toe.
Crucial period for both
The hosts go in to this game currently sitting in 4th place in The Championship table after grinding out a tough 1-0 win away to Stoke at the weekend. They’ll be looking to use that important win as the catalyst to a good run of form as the league heads towards the final stages. The Baggies have struggled for form of late, with the win at The Brittania just their second in their last six league outings. A win here would propel them in to third place, leaving them just two points behind 2nd placed Leeds United and only four from the summit of The Championship.
After a summer of big spending and a whole host of signings, there was an expectation surrounding Nottingham Forest this season. But so far, a season of inconsistency, culminating with a change in management see’s them trailing the play-offs by five points. Frustration is growing at The Red’s stay outside of England’s top flight, for a club of such size and history; loitering in The Championship simply isn’t good enough.
A tough ask for Forest
Forest have taken 17 points from their 15 matches on the road this campaign, which puts them around the middle of the pack in terms of away success this season when compared to other teams. They could be much higher if they were able push more games over the line. They have only been beaten four times on their travels, only Norwich and Middlesbrough can better that. Their issue is their eight draws, meaning that they have just three wins away from The City Ground. This has hampered their overall league position and limited their success this season, as their home form has been relatively solid.
West Brom are strong at home, tasting defeat three times at The Hawthorns this season. A number only bettered by Aston Villa and Birmingham. The Baggies threat at home lies in their goalscoring, they are the second highest scorers at home in the league, and in total are the joint highest scorers in The Championship. The hosts head in to this fixture however, having lost their last two at home, shipping six goals combined; to Brighton in the FA Cup and then Middlesbrough in the league. If you fancy the hosts to bounce back, they’re the favourites for this clash at 1.73 to win.
Back the stats
Not only are West Brom the highest scorers in the league, they also have two of the top individual goal scorers. In the form of Jay Rodriguez and Dwight Gayle, the latter scored what proved to be the winner at Stoke on Saturday. Between them the pair have 31 Championship goals, and 20 of those have came in front of their own fans.
But Forest have their own talisman; summer signing Lewis Grabban has registered 15 goals this season, and he has scored eight of those in away games. He has been the shining light of the summer spending spree and could be the key to where they finish. You can back him to score anytime at 2.88.
West Brom don’t just score goals, they’re rather fond of conceding them too. They have also conceded more goals at home than they have away, which may give Forest real hope of a result, as they have scored 22 goals away from home, which is equal to their home haul.
Bar Aston Villa, no team in the league has a higher average number of goals scored and conceded in their games than West Brom. Everything about this fixture has the potential to be an absolute thriller. Over 2.5 goals is priced at 1.8, with over 3.5 at 3.0.
Dwight Gayle to score anytime @ 2.0
West Brom draw no bet @ 1.25
Over 2.5 goals @ 1.8
Both teams to score @ 1.73