Middlesbrough vs Nottingham Forest predictions: Our top tips
* Betting odds were correct at the time of publication but are subject to change.
Both of these sides have made the difficult decision to change managers in the first half of this season and both would probably say they've been proven right given where they sit in the table right now. Who wins as they clash here? Find out with our Middlesbrough vs Nottingham Forest match preview with free tips, predictions and odds mentioned along the way.
Boro to win
Was it an easy to choice to back Middlesbrough to win here? No, it wasn't but despite Nottingham Forest being on a nine game unbeaten streak we still fancy Boro to take maximum points. The Teesiders are in a good place too having taken 10 points from their last 12 games with their last victory, which came in their last match, being an impressive victory over Bournemouth. On top of that though, we can look at the head to head record as well which shows that Middlesbrough have won the last three meetings and haven't lost in six. Forest haven't won at the Riverside since 2018 either.
A game lacking goals
Our next prediction for this game is that it will be a low scoring affair and, not specifically, that we'll see fewer than 2.5 goals. Each of Middlesbrough's last three games have been under the 2.5 mark with their five game average sitting at 1.6 goals. Nottingham Forest have seen a few more goals in recent weeks with an average of 2.0 over the same five game period but a) that's still under the threshold we'd need to win this bet and b) they've still only gone beyond the 2.5 level in two of five games. Three of the five most recent head to heads have been under 2.5 too.
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Middlesbrough vs Nottingham Forest: Check out the team lineups
Middlesbrough and Nottingham Forest have both emerged from the darkness of lower midtable positions to sit on the coat tails of the top six at Christmas. Both will now hold aspirations of forcing their way into the playoffs; it's highly plausible there will only be space for one of them though.
Middlesbrough Predicted Lineup
When Neil Warnock left Middlesbrough he said once injuries eased they'd be in the playoff mix; he's been proved right because they are very much in that conversation right now. This is a big game for that top six race though and it's important they approach the game as such.
Predicted XI – Lumley, Dijksteel, McNair, Fry, Jones, Taylor, Crooks, Howson, Tavernier, Watmore, Sporar
Nottingham Forest Predicted Lineup
Nottingham Forest are another side that have their eyes on a top six finish. That's remarkable when you consider the poor start to the season they had. How will Steve Cooper set them up for this game?
Predicted XI – Bamba, Yates, McKenna, Worrall, Spence, Garner, Colback, Carvalho, Johnson, Grabban, Zinckernagel
The final word on Middlesbrough vs Nottingham Forest
- Where is the game being played? – Riverside
- Who do the bookmakers have as favourites? – Middlesbrough
- What time is kick off? 15:00 GMT