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Forest aim to tame the Lions

We are entering the run-in for promotion to the Premier League and each point lost in the coming weeks can prove costly. Nottingham Forest are first up in a weekend which should see the Championship’s leading sides press their case for promotion. However, the hosts have had their troubles of late having slipped off the pace.

Millwall has a similar issue, but they could cut the five-point gap to the play-offs with a result here. Curiously, this is Forest’s first home league game on a Friday since facing Millwall on the opening day of the 2017-18 season. A match they won 1-0. Can they follow that up with a crucial win here?

While Forest is still in the top four, they have not been up to scratch lately. They drew 2-2 with Middlesbrough on Monday night, leaving them eight-points shy of the top-two. A season which looked promising a few weeks back could end on a sour note. Having won just once in five, this is hardly the kind of form Forest would want to bring into the play-offs. Let alone getting them there.

Millwall has not scored a league goal in open play in their last 728 minutes of Championship football. Despite that, they remain 10th, having lost just once in their last five and Forest should be wary of the threat the Lions pose. Forest have an awful record against Millwall over recent years. They are winless in four league games against them which two were lost. Millwall have lost just one of their last nine league meetings with the team from City Ground

Meanwhile, Millwall head into this game with just two defeats in their last 10 away games. Against a Forest side who have won less than half their home Championship matches, Millwall might just be able to grind out a result. With the hosts struggling for points and given the duo’s record of low scoring games this term we expect this to be close. A third of Millwall’s away matches so far finished 1-1. An obvious punt for those seeking high value-odds. More cautious gamblers will aim for the under 2.5 goals.

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