Rajan Hothi (@RajanHothi_) previews Nottingham Forest v West Brom and provides us with his best bets for Saturday nights Championship clash by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.

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Nottingham Forest v West Brom Betting Preview, Odds & Tips

  • Date: 02/08/19
  • Time: 17:30
  • Venue: The City Ground
  • Channel: Sky Sports Main Event

Nottingham Forest will be looking to kick start their season under new manager Sabri Lamouchi with a win against a West Brom side desperate for promotion this time round.

Forest sacked Martin O'Neil following a reported player revolt in June and Lamouchi has been delegated the role to finally take Forest back to the top-flight.

The Frenchman has made eight signings since taking charge as he looks to guide the Reds to a successful campaign following a few seasons of disappointment..

West Brom reached the play-offs in their first season back in the Championship last term but lost to rivals Aston Villa on penalties.

Now under Slaven Bilić, the Croatian will be eager to secure a return to the Premier League for the Baggies following their relegation in 2018.

Albion have seen a lot of players leave the club this summer with six arriving at the Hawthorns and they will be keen to start their season right with a win against Forest.

Team News

Both managers don't have many injury worries going into their first games in charge of their respective clubs.

Joao Carvalho is however sidelined with an injury for the hosts following his knock against Alfreton Town.

Bilic has no injury concerns and new signings Romaine Sawyers, Darnell Furlong, Semi Ajayi, Filip Krovinovic and Kenneth Zohore will all push for starts.

Potential Nottingham Forest Starting XI: Muric, Cash, Worrall, Dawson, Robinson, Sow, Semedo, Silva, Lolley, Grabban, Adomah

Potential West Brom Starting XI: Johnstone, Gibbs, Bartley, Ajayi, Furlong, Livermore, Sawyers, Phillips, Krovinovic, Burke, Zohore

Head To Head

  • Nottingham Forest 46, Draws 32, West Brom 57
  • The Baggies haven't beat Forest for ten years – 1-0 win in 2009 at the City Ground.
  • Both meetings last season ended in draws.

Key Stats & Facts

  • West Brom are unbeaten in their last four league visits to the City Ground.
  • Four of the last eight meetings between these two at the City Ground have ended in West Brom wins with Forest emerging victorious in three.
  • West Brom have won five of the last ten clashes with Forest, with there being two draws and three Forest wins.

Betting Odds

  • Nottingham Forest 6/4
  • Draw 12/5
  • West Brom 36/17

The Verdict

Both sides will be desperate to win promotion this season and challenging at the top end and this should be an exciting clash.

Lewis Grabban netted 16 goals last season and the 31-year-old will be eager to show the Championship just how potent in front of goal he is again.

West Brom signed Kenneth Zohore from Cardiff City in the summer after he failed to impress in the Premier League, but Zohore will be looking to remind the Championship what he is capable of this season.

Both teams possess a potent attack and there should be goals in this encounter. You can back both teams to score at 8/11 with William Hill.

If you want to back Grabban to score anytime in the clash you can do so with SkyBet at 7/4. Zohore, on the other hand, has odds of 2/1 with BlackType to score at any time.

Recommended Bets

  • 2pts – Grabban any time goalscorer – 7/4 (SkyBet)
  • 1pt – Both teams to score – 8/11 (William Hill)