The first televised Championship game of the weekend comes from the Amex Stadium as Nottingham Forest take a trip down to the South Coast to take on Brighton. It is a tricky match for Forest as they come up against a Brighton outfit that narrowly missed out on promotion last season but the positive vibes of Philippe Montanier’s early reign as manager ensures that a draw looks like a decent bet…
- Forest had the joint-best defensive record in away games in the Championship last season – Conceded 18 goals in 23 matches (Won 6, Drew 8, Lost 9)
- Brighton only lost 3 home league matches last term – Won 15, Drew 5
|Friday 12th August – 7.45pm||Odds||Won/Lost||Bet|
|Brighton v Nottingham Forest|
| Last goal over 71 minutes
|@ 1 / 1||
|The Draw||@ 13 / 5||
|Britt Assombalonga to score anytime||@ 16 / 5||
Montanier became Forest’s eighth manager in 44 months when he was appointed in June and he will be pleased with what he has seen from his team as they opened the Championship campaign with a 4-3 win over Burton before beating Doncaster 2-1 in the EFL Cup in mid-week.
The East Midlands outfit are 4/1 for a third win on the bounce but it won’t be easy at the Amex, where Brighton won 15 of their 23 game last season. The Seagulls have the added weight of expectation after going so close to promotion last term and they have started the season with a 0-0 draw at Derby before thumping Colchester 4-0 in the cup.
Brighton are 5/6 for the win on Friday but it is the draw which looks to be a stand-out bet at 13/5 (Bet Victor).
Brighton have only lost two of their ten meetings with Forest in the Championship (won four, drawn four) and this is a fixture that tends to produce late drama, with those ten meetings witnessing six goals in injury time!
With that in mind, the last goal to be scored over 71 minutes on Friday could be worth a look (Evens with Paddy Power), with both of Forest’s games so far this season witnessing a goal in the 90th minute or later.
Britt Is Back
It is a difficult to know what we are going to get from these two teams at this early stage of the campaign but there could be goals as Brighton were the third-highest scorers on home soil in the Championship last season (40 goals).
Forest have also been free-scoring so far this term but that does come with a slight caveat as Forest had the joint-best defensive record away from home last season (conceded 21 goals) and only four teams managed less than the 18 goals they scored on the road.
The return of Britt Assombalonga, who marked his first start in eighteen months with a brace in the win over Burton, should help enhance Forest’s goalscoring threat though and the striker is 16/5 to score at anytime (Unibet).
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