Thursday, September 23, 2021

Under 2.5 goals at Nottingham Forest vs Reading 4/6 for Saturday’s Championship contest

Competition: Championship

Market: Under 2.5 goals

Odds: 4/6 @ 888sport

Looking to extend their stay in the play-off spots this weekend, Reading will make the trip to an empty City Ground on Saturday afternoon.

Starting with the hosts, while Nottingham Forest might have thought they had found a boost under Chris Hughton last month, The Reds have once again shown some recent issues. Largely outplayed away at Watford last time out, they were hit with another 1-0 defeat after opening March with a similar scoreline against Luton on their travels. Now without a win in their last three Championship contests and still scrapping it out in the bottom-half of the table, Forest have also gained a reputation for their continued issues in the final third. Failing to record a single shot on target when they faced off against The Hornets last time out, the former Brighton boss has seen his side record just a trio of goals in their last seven second-tier contests. More concerning for fans around Nottingham, their side has also bagged just a single goal in their previous four fixtures at The City Ground.

As for the visitors, although Reading fans might have started to worry after their inconsistent run of form throughout February, The Royals are enjoying a recent boost. Shocking many across England’s second-tier this season, Veljko Paunović’s men have a play-off finish at the top of their agenda. Putting in another impressive performance last weekend, the Berkshire outfit landed a 3-0 victory against relegation scrappers Sheffield Wednesday and the mood in their camp should be at a real high once again. Winning each of their last three Championship contests on the bounce, Paunović will be most impressed by his side’s continued success at the back. Recording another clean sheet against The Owls last time out, Reading have now gone over 300 minutes without picking the ball out of their own net.

Bet: Under 2.5 goals at Nottingham Forest vs Reading 4/6 for Saturday’s Championship contest @ 888sport


Tom Dunstan

Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan



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