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Forest can continue fine record at Wednesday and extend lead

| 29.08.2014

Nottingham Forest have won 1-0 on their last two trips to Hillsborough, but are deemed equal 6/4 chances by Coral with their hosts for three points in the Championship’s televised lunchtime offering. Odds on a clean sheet for the visitors, meanwhile, are 5/2.

A repeat scoreline for the Reds, who top the second-tier table, at Sheffield Wednesday is rated an 8/1 shot, and they have former Owls winger Michail Antonio in red hot form. He has three in four Championship outings, and came back to haunt another old club, Reading, on his last league appearance by bagging a brace.

Odds of 14/1 say Antonio will score two or more, while he is a safer bet at 11/4 in the anytime market. Forest boss Stuart Pearce also has another Wednesday player from last season in his ranks looking to stop their high-flying start to the current campaign.

Striker Matty Fryatt netted four times in nine Owls appearances when on loan at the Steel City side in 2013. Odds of 15/8 say he will score against them here, and this represents better value than Reds top scorer Britt Assombalonga, who is shorter at 5/4.

Henri Lansbury, meanwhile, sealed Forest’s Capital One Cup victory at Huddersfield Town in midweek, and could keep his place, though Pearce made changes for that tie. Odds of 11/1 say he will score last again, or 4/1 to net anytime.

Stuart Gray will be looking to Wednesday leading marksman Atdhe Nuhiu for goals again here. The Kosovo-born Austria Under-21 international has three in his last two, including a cup winner against Burnley, and must be considered to score first at 6/1 after doing so in each of those outings.

Owls summer signing Stevie May, 21, netted in their last league match at Middlesbrough, following his move from St Johnstone. He will look to so again, and is 7/1 in the anytime market.

Timing of the first Forest goal is of the essence, with them scoring in the 41-50 minutes bracket in both of the last two meetings. A third time could be the charm for punters at odds of 17/2.

Although a thrilling 3-3 draw was played out at the City Ground in April, it’s unlikely to be the same scoreline again at 50/1. Odds on the spoils being shared, whatever the precise result, are 21/10.

This price will seem tempting, given this encounter is between two of the Championship’s top six, but there is already a feeling about Forest and this being their year following so many false dawns. Back Psycho’s Reds to come good against an Owls outfit that conceded two penalties in their last league outing.



Jamie Clark

Athletics aficionado, die-hard snooker fan and Crystal Palace supporter Jamie has written for Coral since February 2014 after spells with Soccerlens and the Press Association as a digital journalist and copywriter. A former East Midlands sports correspondent and Bwin tipster, he is a graduate of both the University of York and University of Sheffield, with a Masters in web journalism from the latter.