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Huddersfield vs Nottingham Forest Predictions

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England Championship | John Smiths Stadium | 25th September
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Huddersfield
  • D
  • W
  • L
  • L
  • L
  • L
KO 19:45
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Nottingham Forest
  • D
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  • L
  • L
  • L

Huddersfield vs Nottingham Forest predictions ahead of this clash on Friday night. Can either of these two sides break their winless starts and restore some confidence? Read on for our free Championship predictions and betting tips.

Predictions & Tips

We use stars to rate our confidence in our tips, with 3 being most confident to 1 being the least.
Nottingham Forest to Win @ 17/10

We use stars to rate our confidence in our tips, with 3 being most confident to 1 being the least.
Nottingham Forest 1-0 @ 13/2

Reason For Huddersfield vs Nottingham Forest Predictions

  • Neither side have a point or a goal to their name this season
  • Huddersfield are without last season’s two top scorers, who hit over half of their goals
  • Forest took 11 shots and had 67% of the ball in the second half of their last game
  • Huddersfield have faced 22 shots per game this season, 13 more than Forest

Two Early Championship Strugglers

We may only be two games into the Championship campaign, but alarm bells are ringing for both teams. Huddersfield dispensed of the highly-rated Danny Cowley last term to change their style of play, but a lack of investment and player departures has left them looking weak. That’s been reflected in their three defeats from three in all competitions.

Forest are in a similar position with three defeats so far, which is a major concern for manager Sabri Lamouchi. Forest kept faith in their boss despite an awful collapse in the latter stages of last season, as they blew a comfortable lead in the playoffs to finish seventh. That fall combined with their winless start means that Lamouchi has been left fearing for his job.

Huddersfield look lost

On paper it’s hard to pick apart two sides who have lost all three games so far without scoring. However, the issues look much more severe for the Terriers. They come into this clash among the contenders for relegation, so this terrible start raises the prospect of them playing in League One next season.

The perfect manager to save them from that fate is Danny Cowley, who pulled it off last year with a squad who weren’t over their Premier League relegation. However, since last term the Terriers have been depleted in attack. Steve Mounie has left, while Karlan Ahearne-Grant is nearing a move to West Brom. He hasn’t played all season as a result, meaning that Huddersfield are missing two players who scored 27 of their 52 goals last term. That’s seen their relegation odds cut in half after two games.

Chance for Forest

While both sides are in a similar position, a closer look suggests Forest aren’t nearly as bad as Huddersfield. For starters, we saw a clear improvement in Forest’s performance in the second half of their 2-0 loss to Cardiff. Forest came out with a point to prove and they registered 11 shots and had 67% of the ball in the second half. That has influenced us in our predictions for this clash.

Meanwhile, it’s hard to see Forest’s defensive issues continuing much longer. While Huddersfield have faced 22 shots per game in the league so far, Forest have conceded four times despite facing only nine shots per game. That a shots-conceded rate of 22%, which suggests Forest have been punished quite harshly from their opening two fixtures.

Huddersfield have put in timid displays against Norwich and Brentford so far, while they lost at home to League One Rochdale in the EFL Cup. Their toothless attack should give Forest a break, while the visitors second-half display at the weekend has convinced us that they can edge this one. We’re backing a Forest victory, while our correct score prediction is a third 1-0 defeat for Huddersfield this season.

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