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Nottingham Forest vs Brighton Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Previews

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Nottingham Forest
Brighton

Tip Reasoning

This is an important game for Brighton, who will be desperate for a positive response following their defeat to Newcastle on Tuesday night. They will certainly come gunning for three points and ought to cause Forest plenty of problems but it’s unlikely to be one-way traffic and there is real potential for goals at both ends.

To concede twice late on and see a potential victory and 4 point lead at the top turn into defeat against their main rivals would have hurt Brighton hard but they have tended to respond well to setbacks this term. They have several forwards in good form and have plenty of potential avenues to get at this shaky Forest defence. Glenn Murray hasn’t been quite as prolific since the turn of the year but he did get on the score-sheet on Tuesday, to take his tally to 17 Championship goals this term and backing Murray to score anytime again looks a decent bet here.

Brighton haven’t been quite as solid at the back away from home of late though. They’ve only kept one clean sheet in their last seven away games in all competitions. Both teams have scored in 5 of their last 7 games overall so there is genuine reason to think Forest will score here.

Goals haven’t really been a problem for the East Midlands club, particularly at home. They’ve netted an impressive 1.69 goals per game at the City Ground this term and have only failed to score in 12% of their home matches. They’ve won 3 of their last 4 home games so their home form isn’t terrible but it is just 1 point from their last 4 league games overall and there have been a few defensive horror-shows in that run.

Both teams have scored in a huge 75% of their home games this term and 65% of their Championship matches overall. Despite the change in coach, Gary Brazil hasn’t really made them much more solid defensively but they do have a couple of lively forwards that should ask questions of this Brighton defence, which may just be a bit jittery given their late collapse on Tuesday and some poor recent away defensive showings. Therefore, backing Both Teams to Score at 5/6 looks a decent bet here.

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