Tip Watford - Nottingham Forest
The race for the automatic promotion slots in the Championship is getting tougher and Watford will be hoping to rise into the top two when they host Nottingham Forest in the 35th round of matches. Watford have so far managed 63 points, 23 ahead of 17th placed Nottingham. On Wednesday, Watford gave their promotion hopes a big boost with a 2-0 win over bottom placed Wycombe Wanderers. Their top two ambitions were also helped on by Norwich’s win over Brentford and now Watford are only out of the automatic promo slots by goal difference. They’ve been strong in attack, scoring 14 goals in the last six Championship games and more will be expected against Nottingham as lead scorer Joao Pedro returns from suspension. The hosts have also done well in defence, going here with six clean sheets in the last nine home matches in the Championship. A run of five wins in the last six home league matches has them as favorites here and with a 76% winning rate at home, they are the best performing home team in the Championship. Watford have collected 41 points from a possible 51 in 17 home matches in this competition.
Nottingham Forest are winless in their last two matches, the most recent being a 1-0 fall to Luton Town. Relegation is not among their concerns, being eight points above but promotion doesn’t seem to be either, unless they can stage an explosive run in the remaining matches. Nottingham have two clean sheets in the last five matches and facing an attacking side, they’ll pride in having not conceded more than one goal in their last nine. Actually, in the last 15 matches, they’ve conceded more than a goal in just two. However, they’ve failed to score in three of their last six matches and have just four wins in the last 15 away matches across all competitions. Nottingham aren’t the best scorers; in the top 17 teams, they haven’t scored more than any. In their last 11 matches they’ve netted more than once in just two and out of 17 away matches in the Championship, they’ve won five. They aren’t the best to bank on in away trips, with a 29% winning rate on the road. In their 17 away Championship matches, Nottingham have won 19 points, from a possible 51.
Key points Watford - Nottingham Forest
Nottingham Forest have four wins in the last 15 away matches.
Watford have four wins in their last five home matches in the Championship.
Watford have six clean sheets in the last nine Championship matches at home.
Nottingham have won just 19 of a possible 51 away points this season.
Watford have dropped just 10 of a possible 51 points at home this season.
Conclusion Watford - Nottingham Forest
Watford have done well lately and they are the best performing side in home matches in the league. Their push for promotion got a boost in the win over Wycombe and they’ll be confident enough to target three points here. Nottingham have a poor away record and will find it very tough at Vicarage Road, where in four of the last five matches, Watford have led at half time and gone on to win. Go for Watford to lead in both halves.
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Watford Nottingham Forest Prediction published on March 4, 2021