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Aston Villa vs Nottingham Forest Predictions

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      Aston Villa are looking like top six contenders under Dean Smith, but will he continue their great form this week? Villa’s play-off ambitions are under the microscope on Wednesday, as they prepare to host Nottingham Forest. The visitors are seventh in the table, three points ahead of the Villains. That means that the hosts could leap into the top seven with a win here, but can they keep their promotion hopes on track as they prepare for a difficult task against one of the league’s biggest spenders?

      The hosts have done well to recover from a mixed start, and they landed a 4-2 win over Birmingham in the derby at the weekend. That great display must have confidence sky high in the Villa squad, and the side will be out to continue a three-game winning run. Smith has made them into a strong side at their own ground, and after making the play-off final last season Villa clearly have the quality to stay in the top six race. However, can they see off a side who have been tipped to go up this term?

      Forest have been a pretty consistent side throughout this Championship campaign, and they approach this one aiming to jump into the top six. They’re only a point shy of sixth after their weekend win, as they beat Hull 2-0 at the KCOM. That straightforward victory over the Tigers has kept them in the running to go up, but they face a much sterner test in this trip. That win was just their third away victory in nine attempts this season, so will Forest find things tough at Villa Park?

      Last season Villa managed to claim home and away wins against Forest, as they made a push for promotion. They are back in fantastic form again, and Villa fan Smith is aiming to land another win as they continue to chase a Premier League place. The new boss has managed to win all three of his matches at Villa Park since taking charge, and we expect them to follow up on their win over Birmingham.

      On top of that, the new boss has a great record against the Bees. In all competitions, Aston Villa Dean Smith has won six of his seven matches against Nottingham Forest (L1), including a 2-1 home win with Brentford this season. That’s one of Forest’s rare defeat this term, and we see Smith adding another. We’re tipping a Villa victory on Wednesday, while we’re going for a 2-1 home win.

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