Nottingham Forest welcome Stoke City to the City Ground for what promises to be a thoroughly entertaining affair, the Tricky Trees fresh from their excellent 1-0 win over Sheffield United which was enough to send them into the top-six in the Championship table. Forest’s win ended a disappointing two-game winless run during which they drew with Leeds United in the league and lost to Burton Albion in the Carabao Cup, therefore they will doubtless be motivated to maintain the momentum when Stoke City come to town this weekend.
Most of Forest’s success has been in front of their home fans with fifteen of their twenty-six points collected at the City Ground, however the visit of the Potters will be a massive test for the hosts on Saturday afternoon and we’re expecting a thrilling and closely-fought affair to ensue, the bookmakers giving away free bets on Nottingham Forest v Stoke City.
Stoke City have been hit and miss this season but they have shown signs of improvement in recent weeks and the indications are that they have put their shaky start to life back in the Championship firmly behind them. The Potters head into their weekend trip to the City Ground on the back of a decent run during which they have won three, drawn three and lost just one of their last seven Championship outings, this run including a fine 1-0 win at joint table-toppers Norwich City last month.
Stoke were edged out of the Carabao Cup by a 3-2 defeat to weekend opponents Nottingham Forest at this same venue in September and while we’ll be siding with the hosts to once again have the edge on their opponents, this will be in no way a one-sided affair with the Potters playing a part in making this a thrilling encounter, Coral Bookmakers going 17/4 on Nottingham Forest to win and both teams to score.