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Forest flying high

The final game of the weekend in the Championship sees Nottingham Forest continuing their push for the Premier League. Monday’s opponents from Middlesbrough had a very strong finish to 2019. They celebrated Christmas and New Year with four wins on the bounce which makes their form in 2020 even more puzzling.

Only Hull have fewer points than Middlesbrough in the Championship this year. Middlesbrough has no wins in their last 11 league and cup games. They have slipped to 22nd and thereby into the relegation zone and face another tough game as they host Nottingham Forest. The visitors sit fourth in the table and can open a five-point gap to closest rivals Brentford Monday night.

Their last three league games have all been lost 1-0, two of them to Barnsley and Luton, the bottom two sides in the table. Their last game was a 1-0 loss to second-placed Leeds United. They are without a win in five home league games of which three were drawn. Only two goals have been scored by themselves in their last four home league matches.

Nottingham Forest is six points behind the second and final automatic promotion spot. They are five points ahead of seventh, so at least a place in the playoffs is looking likely. Midweek action saw them winning against Cardiff City for the first time in 11 attempts. It was the first win in three of which two had been drawn. Only one of their last six away league matches ended in defeat. Forest have scored in each of their last nine away league fixtures and can get a narrow win away at Middlesbrough.

Nottingham F. Form

Nottingham F.

Forest have the third-best away record in the league, and they have won four of their last six clashes with Middlesbrough. The latter has lost three of four clashes at home to the top five sides in the Championship. Boro looks like a shipwreck with no goals and no points from their last three league matches.

Coming into this on an 11 game run without a win does not speak highly of their confidence. Relegation to League One is beginning to be a distinct possibility. Nottingham Forest faces the opportunity of being able to open a five-point gap to their nearest rival. They are not in the best of form, but it is a lot better than the home side can muster. Go for the away win or under 2.5 goals.

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