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Nottingham Forest vs Aston Villa Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Previews

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4th February
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Nottingham Forest vs Aston Villa predictions for this Saturday’s all-Midlands clash in the Championship. Our betting tips suggest this will be a low-scoring game.

Nottingham Forest vs Aston Villa Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Previews

Nottingham Forest vs Aston Villa Predictions

Both Teams to Score - No at 4/5 with bet365

Correct Score Prediction

Nottm Forest to Win 1-0 at 7/1 with bet365

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Reason For Nottingham Forest vs Aston Villa Betting Tips

These two clubs may both be former European Champions but it has been a pretty bleak season so far for fans of Villa and Forest, who both languish in the bottom half as we head towards the business end of the campaign. With the visitors having made numerous changes to their playing personnel in the final week of January and Forest still without a manager, it’s a bit hard to know what to expect here. However, judging by recent performances and results, there aren’t likely to be many goals in it.

Villa’s away form certainly points to that. They average a dire 0.47 goals per game on their travels and have failed to score in 60% of their Championship away fixtures. One of those came on Wednesday when they named a midfield trio made up entirely of January additions but were Second best at Brentford and went home on the end of a 3-0 defeat in a game where they barely threatened the Bees’ goal.

The addition of Scott Hogan should help ease their goal-scoring problems but on the evidence of Tuesday night’s game, Villa may be trying to change too much too quickly and he won’t be provided with much service if they play like that again. The Birmingham club didn’t defend well in that game either but defensively they’ve been relatively solid this term overall, conceding only 1.07 goals per game on average, which is the best defensive record outside the top seven. Holding midfielder Mile Jedinak may also be fit for this game and his presence would be a boost so the visitors should be capable of coping with much of Forest’s attacking threat.

The East Midlands side have been much more cautious since Gary Brazil took caretaker charge. They’ve looked more assured at the back and have kept clean sheets in 3 of their last 4 games, which suggests they could shut out a Villa side that has been so poor in front of goal on their travels. There was a stage in this season where both teams scored in almost every Forest match but that has happened in none of their last six games in all competitions.

Indeed those games have produced only 8 goals in total and Forest only scored 3 of them. Given 2 of those were against bottom club Rotherham last time out, they clearly aren’t quite at their best in an attacking sense right now and the departure of Henri Lansbury, who will line up against his former club here, was clearly a blow.

All things considered, the stats suggest at least one of these sides will fail to score and therefore backing Both Teams to Score – No at 4/5 looks to offer value.

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Head To Head

Forest scored late to seal a 2-2 draw at Villa Park earlier this season. They’d not met competitively since the 1998-99 Premier League prior to that.

Nottingham Forest vs Aston Villa Stats

Both teams have scored in none of Villa’s last 7 away games. They’ve lost 6 of them to nil. Both teams have scored in none of Forest’s last 4 home games. They’ve won the last two to nil.

Nottingham Forest Team News

Ross McCormack and Aaron Tshibola have both joined on loan from Villa but both are ineligible against their parent club. Fellow new recruits Joao Teixiera, Zach Clough and Gboly Ariyibi could feature though. Defender Matt Mills is out injured along with Armand Traore, Chris Cohen and Matty Fryatt.

Aston Villa Team News

January addition Henri Lansbury should start against his former club and there could be 4 other January signings in this Villa starting line-up with Scott Hogan, Sam Johnstone, Conor Hourihane and Birkir Bjarnason the others likely to start. Mile Jedinak is a doubt in midfield while striker Gabby Agbonlahor is out. Jack Grealish will be hoping for a recall.

Nottingham Forest vs Aston Villa Predictions

Both Teams to Score - No at 4/5 with bet365

Correct Score Prediction

Nottm Forest to Win 1-0 at 7/1 with bet365

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