Prediction and odds for the game: Cardiff (9/5) vs Nottingham Forest (13/8)
We are backing the away win
When: Sunday 30 January 2022, Kick-off 16:00
Where: The Cardiff City Stadium
On Sunday afternoon, Cardiff City host Nottingham Forest at the Cardiff City Stadium, in a game that could have big implications on the Championship fight for survival and the play-off spots.
The Welsh team look to be in trouble in the Championship, as they are currently in 21st place in the table, just three points clear of the relegation zone. A six-game winless run in the English second tier has not eased the pressure on Steve Morison’s team.
A 3-2 defeat at Bristol City last time out means that the Bluebirds have also lost four of those six winless matches. Defensive issues have proven to be a big factor of late in Cardiff’s struggles, as the team from the Welsh capital have conceded at least two goals in four of their last six league matches.
Cardiff’s recent home form in the Championship has been simply woeful. Not only have the Bluebird’s won just one of their previous ten league matches on home soil, but they have also suffered defeat in the other nine games.
While their opponents are looking to maintain their Championship status, Forest are looking to earn promotion to the Premier League. Steve Cooper’s team are currently seventh-place in the Championship table, just a point outside the play-off spots.
A recent good run of league form has put the Tricky Trees right back in the race for one of those all-important top-six spots in the second tier. In fact, the visitors have won their last three league matches, including their last game when they recorded a comfortable 3-0 win over struggling Barnsley.
Forest have also been tough to beat in recent months in the Championship, as they have suffered just two defeats in their last 14 matches in the English second tier.
The visitors don’t have the best recent away record, but they have lost just once in their last 11 away games in the Championship. They have also won two of their previous three matches on their travels in the second tier.
Their recent away games in the Championship have been low-scoring, though, with under 2.5 goals scored in five of their last six away matches.
This contest is very much an out-of-form team facing a team who have gathered some decent positive momentum in the Championship. We can see Forest recording a relatively comfortable win, which is why we are backing the away win. The other bet we are backing is under 2.5 goals scored. Forest’s recent away games have been low-scoring and Cardiff are not exactly prolific on home soil.
Our Tips: We are backing the away win at odds of 13/8 and/or under 2.5 goals scored at odds of 4/6. (All odds are taken from Bet365).[geosnippet id=3620]
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