Monday, November 29, 2010



These two local rivals were busy ahead of the loan deadline day, with City bringing in Chris Kirkland and Roman Bendnar and Forest adding Aaron Ramsey and Marcus Tudgay, four eyecatching signings which have got the locals buzzing and even with the distraction in Spain, plenty of eyes will be focused on this match, with both clubs looking to push for a playoff spot. Forest, sitting just three points off the pace are the better equipped of the two and if they could just clear up the injury room a little, they would be amongst the favourites for a post season place. We have talked before about how visiting boss Billy Davies normally improves his teams through the course of the season, making full use of his scouts and the video room, to learn as much as possible about opponents and in his six seasons as a Championship coach, he has the best record by far from November to January.

His Forest team went four months unbeaten at this stage last season and are again yet to lose this month, including a fine win at highflying Cardiff last time out. Very interesting stat here in that of the 16 goals that they have conceded this season, 12 have come in the first half, just four after, giving that City are the division's low opening half scorers, this might be the ideal match up for Forest who come on strong after the break, when they have a 8-8-2 record.
This is a good indication of ability with the other best second half teams being QPR ( league leaders), Cardiff (2nd) and Norwich (5th), as you might expect, the better teams get stronger later in the game and if Forest can keep this tight early, then they should have enough about them to go on and win this, or at least claim a draw and this is another game where I cannot agree with the oddsmakers. Ramsey and Tudgay will give them an extra touch of class and give Davies options for tonight, Earnshaw is rated 50-50, but he loves these games and I believe he will play some part and Nathan Tyson the forgotten front man at Forest , is also ready to stake his claim after missing out at Cardiff.

Nottingham Forest +1/2 ball 1.85 .

Good Luck.

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